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UA Faculty, Staff Join Banner UMC to Celebrate ‘Topping Off’ New Hospital Tower

Hundreds gathered for a red carpet event to sign the final beams and witness iron workers lift them into place at Banner – University Medical Center Tucson, which hosted a “topping off” ceremony for the new hospital patient tower on Jan. 18. The $400 million project is on pace for an April 2019 completion…


Out with a Bang in 2016, DOM Faculty Gear Up for Bigger, Better Things in New Year

Faculty and trainee activities, achievements and awards in 2016's final quarter reflected well on the UA Department of Medicine. Many are included in DOM Chair Monica Kraft’s “2016 Year-in-Review” article from December. Most are new. These include an $800,000 grant to Dr. Christine Laukaitis to study joint hypermobility, a $1.34 million NCI grant to Dr. David Alberts to train cancer postdocs, and Dr. Marvin Slepian’s White House visit to talk about medical collaboration in Cuba…


Student-Athletes Not Sleeping Enough, Intervention Could Help

College athletes are not getting enough sleep, but a simple intervention built around education and support could go a long way in improving sleep quality and, in turn, athletic performance, University of Arizona researchers said during the 2017 NCAA Convention in Nashville, Tennessee. UA researchers have developed an education and support program designed to do just that...


First-Ever PI Research Poster Night by Department of Medicine Pulls in 100 Attendees

The inaugural PI Poster Session to showcase research and collaborative opportunities of principal investigators in the UA Department of Medicine on Jan. 17 at Kiewit Auditorium in the UA Cancer Center’s Leon F. Levy Building, 1515 N. Campbell Ave., was a smashing success with nearly 100 people attending…


Doc Talks: The Future of Medicine

This new lecture series from Banner - University Medicine occurs on Tuesday evenings in February at the Westin La Paloma with mirror presentations Thursday evenings in Phoenix. Dr. Monica Kraft launches the series Feb. 2 in Phoenix with a talk on finding a cure for asthma that she'll give in Tucson on Feb. 28, the last lecture in the series. The Tucson lectures begins Feb. 7, 5:30-7:30 p.m., with Dr. Eric Reiman on "Preserving Memories: What it Will Take to End Alzheimer’s"...


UA Research, Expertise Had Global Impact in '16—including on Health

Over the past year, the University of Arizona changed the way people view the world, as reflected by news generated here. Among these stories are UA research into better understanding asthma, our inclusion in the White House Precision Medicine Initiative, apps for concussions and tracking the Zika virus, AIDS spread across North America, birth-years and odds you’ll get the flu, BMI’s effect on your brain and more…


Banner Health acquiring Tucson home health agency

Banner announced it is buying Tucson-based SunLife’s Medicare-certified home health business, which provides skilled nursing and physical, occupational and speech therapy to mostly elderly people who are recovering at home from a medical episode that required a hospital stay. The deal is anticipated to close on Jan. 31, providing Banner Home Care its first opportunity to begin serving residents of southern Arizona...


Dr. Esther Sternberg is Keynote Speaker at University of Arizona Arthritis Center’s 15th Annual Living Healthy With Arthritis Conference, Jan. 28

World renowned for her discoveries in the science of mind-body interactions, place and wellbeing, Dr. Sternberg will deliver the keynote address, “Healing Spaces: The Science of Place and Wellbeing,” at this year’s Living Healthy With Arthritis Conference. The conference addresses health and services that help improve daily life for those living with arthritis – and those who care for them.


Chances for Collaboration, Training to Abound at DOM’s First PI Research Poster Night, Jan. 17

The UA Department of Medicine will host an inaugural Principal Investigators (PI) Poster Session on Tuesday, Jan. 17, 5:30-7:30 p.m., in Kiewit Auditorium at the UA Cancer Center. You’ll see a broad taste of the work by faculty physicians and researchers who serve as PIs for numerous federal-grant-supported and otherwise funded projects. Come learn about opportunities for collaboration as well as research training for fellows, residents and students…


UA Physicians Picked for National Advisory Board of SPS 2017 Telehealth Conference

The Telemedicine and Telehealth Service Provider Showcase (SPS) conference picks three UA physicians among 25 national telemedicine thought leaders and health-care innovators to lead its third event in Phoenix this October. Among them are Dr. Joe Alpert, editor-in-chief of the American Journal of Medicine, Dr. Dan Derksen, Arizona Center for Rural Health director, and Dr. Joe G.N. “Skip” Garcia, former senior VP for health sciences. UA's Dr. Ron Weinstein, the Arizona Telemedicine Program director, also is the event’s honorary co-chair…


UA Cancer Center Teams up With Tucson Jewish Community Center to Deliver Four-Part Cancer Education Series

From precision medicine, to novel drug development, to the new frontiers of immunology, researchers and clinicians from the University of Arizona Cancer Center will discuss the state of cancer research and its impact on the newest and most promising cancer-fighting treatments moving into the clinic.


Sarver Heart Center 30th Anniversary Lecture Series: ‘Resuscitation Research: More Ways to Cheat Death,’ Jan. 18

On Jan. 18, Karl B. Kern, MD, and Gordon A. Ewy, MD, will present a community lecture, part of Sarver Heart Center’s 30th Anniversary Lecture Series, on the Resuscitation Research Group’s history and continued progress to improve care for sudden cardiac arrest patients.


Runners' Brains May Have More Connectivity, UA Research Shows

MRI scans reveal that running may affect the structure and function of the brain in ways similar to complex tasks like playing a musical instrument. UA anthropologist  David Raichlen, PhD, co-designed the study with UA psychologist Gene Alexander, PhD, who studies brain aging and Alzheimer's disease…


Well-Heeled or On Your Toes, How We Walk Offers Anthropological Advantage

Walking heel-to-toe gives humans the mechanical advantage of longer "virtual limbs," suggests UA researcher and anthropologist James Webber whose studies includes why we walk on our heels instead of our toes. In medicine, his research is of interest to orthopedics and rheumatology subspecialties…


Vitamin E and Selenium Don’t Prevent Polyps That Can Lead to Colorectal Cancer

Led by the University of Arizona Cancer Center’s Peter Lance, MD, a SWOG review of the Selenium and Vitamin E Cancer Prevention Trial (SELECT) results definitively shows that these two antioxidants don’t prevent colorectal adenomas – polyps that are the premalignant precursors to most colorectal cancers.


Wildcat Hockey Team to Host Third Annual `Pink the Rink’ Jan. 20

Wildcat hockey players will sport pink jerseys honoring those who have suffered from cancer when they take on Utah at the Tucson Convention Center. Community members are invited to purchase and place the name of a loved one on a special jersey to be worn by an Arizona player during the game. Proceeds from jersey sales will benefit the University of Arizona Cancer Center.


Pre-Winter Break DOM Faculty, Staff Gatherings Offer Visual Panorama

Toward the end of the year, gatherings to celebrate accomplishments, to acknowledge mutual contributions toward those and to look forward in anticipation of the future are customary in all cultures. See photo galleries from the UA Department of Medicine faculty and staff gatherings, as well as the Division of Rheumatology gathering and other images of seasonal décor...


Grand Rounds Getting Crowded with DOM New Additions, Other Events

With Infectious Diseases joining UA Department of Medicine divisions who’ve added grand rounds lectures back to their academic calendars—and Nephrology expected to join them soon—space on your calendar may be at a premium this winter. That’s particularly true with other events joining them, including the Winter Lung Series, Sarver 30th Anniversary Series and a new public Banner – UMC Lecture Series to be launched Feb. 2 by Dr. Monica Kraft…


Tucson Roadrunners Hockey Player Who Survived Sudden Cardiac Arrest Thanks Caregivers

In a heartfelt first public appearance since suffering sudden cardiac arrest during a hockey game Nov. 19 at Tucson Arena, Tucson Roadrunners captain Craig Cunningham and his mother thanked caregivers from Banner – UMC and St. Mary’s Hospital. Like his initial collapse on the ice in a game versus the Manitoba Moose, news of his “miraculous” recovery spread around the globe with articles posted from England to Malaysia…


Cancer Program Earns Accreditation and Commendation from Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons

The cancer program at Banner – University Medical Center Tucson has been granted three-year accreditation with commendation by the Commission on Cancer (CoC), a quality program of the American College of Surgeons.


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