Collage with Dr. Pavani Chalasani, UA Cancer Center, Dr. Andrew Yeager and Hem-Onc fellows
Retiring Dr. Yeager Passes Baton to Dr. Chalasani as UA Hem-Onc Fellowship Director
June 11, 2018

Dr. Pavani Chalasani is the new director of the University of Arizona Hematology and Medical Oncology Fellowship Training Program in the Division of Hematology and Oncology at the UA Department of Medicine and UA Cancer Center. As of May 1, she replaces Dr. Andrew Yeager, who has been named a professor emeritus and will continue to give lectures and lead a fellows boot camp. His official retirement is June 29…

Patient on dialysis below investigators Drs. Eleonora Tubaldi, Diego Celdran Bonafonte and Jose Rosado Toro
BIO5 Institute Funds UA Multidisciplinary Effort to Improve Vascular Remodeling Imaging in Dialysis
June 11, 2018

The University of Arizona BIO5 Institute has allocated more than $70,000 in funding to a multi-disciplinary research team led by Drs. Eleonora Tubaldi, an assistant professor in the UA College of Engineering, and the UA Division of Nephrology’s Diego Celdran Bonafonte to improve imaging analyses of blood flow at the point where chronic kidney disease patients are connected to hemodialysis machines that filter their blood…

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Seven New Admins Added to UA/Banner Support Staff for Internal Medicine
June 11, 2018

New administrative support staff has been added to three divisions in the UA Department of Medicine—Cardiology, Infectious Diseases, and Geriatrics, General Internal and Palliative Medicine—as well as the Office of the Chair. See who’s who, how to reach them with an updated “DOM UA/Banner Support Staff” document you can download as a printable PDF…

Success Story: The Journal Telemedicine and e-Health Profiles Arizona Telemedicine Program’s National 2017 Service Provider Showcase
June 11, 2018
The article highlights the success of the event that connects hospitals, clinics and other health-care organizations with the physicians, nurses and other health professionals who are available to help meet the organizations' telehealth needs. Attendees gave SPS 2017 rave reviews.

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UA Vascular Team to Host Free Screening Event June 30 at Banner – University Medicine North
June 7, 2018

The Vascular Team at the University of Arizona Department of Surgery will provide its first free vascular health screening event on Saturday, June 30, 9 a.m.-noon, at Banner – University Medicine North, 3838 N. Campbell Ave., Building 2. Learn about how vascular health affects other issues such as diabetes, heart, lung and kidney disease. Screenings are by appointment only, so schedule yours today…

UA Receives $1.1M for Study of Genetic Risk Factors for Type 2 Diabetes and Heart Disease
June 7, 2018

Some people who take statins to lower cholesterol have a slightly higher risk of developing type-2 diabetes. Genetic epidemiologist Yann Klimentidis, PhD, at the UA Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health received a $1.1 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to study the connection between type-2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

UA Cancer Center Partners with Nation’s Top Cancer Centers To Endorse Goal to Eliminate HPV-Related Cancers in U.S.
June 7, 2018

Joint statement empowers parents, young adults and physicians to increase vaccination rates and screenings to eliminate HPV-related cancers, starting with cervical cancer.

Graduating Class of 2018 Department of Medicine Residents Celebrating in Style
June 6, 2018

Twenty-eight residents, eight interns and four chief residents in the UA Internal Medicine Residency Program – University Campus graduated Saturday, June 2, at a ceremony hosted at the Skyline Country Club—with others also recognized by the program with awards. Dermatology residents held their graduation May 17. South Campus internal medicine residents celebrate theirs June 15. See photos and where they’re headed next…

UA Health Sciences’ ‘Project Taking Charge’ Benefits Students and Patients
June 4, 2018
Deploying an interdisciplinary, team-based outreach model for delivery of care, the University of Arizona Health Sciences’ “Project Taking Charge” works to improve health in Tucson’s most underserved communities through patient self-management.

Cervical Cancer May Be Driven by Imbalance in Vaginal Bacteria, UA Research Finds
June 4, 2018
Melissa Herbst-Kralovetz of the University of Arizona Cancer Center and UA College of Medicine – Phoenix has found a direct relationship between “good” bacteria and cervical health and “bad” bacteria and increased cancer risk.

UA College of Nursing Receives $2.5M Grant to Improve Interventions for Cancer Survivors
June 4, 2018

The four-year National Cancer Institute grant will enable Terry A. Badger, PhD, RN, PMHCNS-BC, FAAN, to study whether psychosocial interventions will help ethnically diverse survivors improve their symptoms.

Drs. Minying Cai and Victor Hruby in their lab at the UA BIO5 Institute (Photo: Arizona Daily Star - used by permission)
UA-Led Startup Licenses Invention to Enhance Skin Cancer Prevention
June 1, 2018

University of Arizona research developed in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry by Drs. Minying Cai and Victor Hruby has resulted in a melanin-producing compound for a systemic approach to preventing skin damage. Their company, MCR Therapeutics Inc., has licensed the invented peptides from the university to commercialize their idea…

UA Study Finds Link Between Sleep Loss, Nighttime Snacking, Junk Food Cravings and Obesity
June 1, 2018
The study found poor sleep quality was associated with nighttime snacking and a high likelihood of craving junk food. The study also found that junk food cravings were associated with increased risk of obesity, diabetes and other health problems.

UA’s Dr. Monica Kraft Receives Distinguished Achievement Award from American Thoracic Society
May 31, 2018
The award—one of ATS’ most important—is one of several honors Dr. Kraft has received in the past year. A physician-scientist renowned for her work on asthma, she served as president of the ATS in 2012-13.

Image of kidney stones with Dr. Sireetha Koppula
UA Nephrology, Urology, Nutritional Sciences to Launch Kidney Stone Clinic at Banner – University Medicine North in July
May 28, 2018

The University of Arizona Division of Nephrology, Division of Urology and Department of Nutritional Sciences team up to launch a comprehensive Kidney Stone Clinic—a first for Arizona—that will start to see patients in July. It will be in new space opening at Banner – University Medicine North for Urology outpatient clinics. Among care providers will be nephrologists Drs. Sireesha Koppula and Sangeetha Murugapandian and new urologist Dr. David Tzou…

Three photos from KVOA interview on UA Kissing Bugs project
Infectious Diseases Fellow Seeks Citizen Help in Kissing Bug, Chagas Disease Study
May 27, 2018

For Dr. Norm Beatty, a UA Infectious Diseases Fellowship Program member and principal investigator on a study, “Prevalence of Chagas disease among high-risk individuals in Arizona,” it’s all about kissing bugs. May through July is their most active period of the year and he’s working to enlist citizen input to collect bugs and screen people potentially infected by bites. In addition, he’ll present on his preliminary results June 8 at the Infectious Diseases 2018 Research Careers Meeting in Bethesda, Md. See the video and a photo gallery from a recent KVOA4 TV interview…

Dr. Julie Bauman and her mother, Dr. Kay Bauman, who practiced medicine in Tucson
Hem-Onc Chief’s Return Home Featured in UA’s ‘Lo Que Pasa’ Employee Newsletter
May 24, 2018

Head-and-neck cancer specialist Dr. Julie E. Bauman, chief of the Division of Hematology and Oncology and director of translational research at the UA Cancer Center, is featured in this week’s Lo Que Pasa UA employee newsletter in a story headlined as “Home Sweet Home: A Physician's Return to Tucson.” Read about her family’s medical roots in Tucson and at the UA College of Medicine – Tucson…

All of Us Research Program Begins National Enrollment Effort; Nine Banner Sites in Arizona Enrolling Volunteers
May 24, 2018
Events are planned across the nation to engage diverse communities in the national recruitment effort. In Arizona, Banner Health and the University of Arizona Health Sciences have been enrolling volunteers into the program as a National Institutes of Health pilot site since 2017.

Photo of Dr. Kraft receiving American Thoracic Society's Distinguished Achievement Award
Dr. Monica Kraft Receives Distinguished Achievement Award from American Thoracic Society
May 23, 2018

A physician-scientist whose research on severe asthma is world-renowned, Monica Kraft, MD, professor and chair of the University of Arizona Department of Medicine, was presented with the American Thoracic Society’s Distinguished Achievement Award on May 20 at the ATS 2018 International Conference in San Diego. The award—one of ATS' most important—is one of several honors Dr. Kraft has received in the past year...

UA Cancer Center’s Dr. Tim Bowden Fondly Remembered As Gifted Scientist, Teacher and Mentor
May 23, 2018
University of Arizona physicians and researchers remember Dr. Bowden as a “friend, mentor, passionate scientist and remarkable human being.”