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DOM Faculty Expected to Attend Town Hall on Precision Medicine Initiative, Dec. 7

SAVE THE DATE: The UA Department of Medicine will host a “Town Hall Faculty Meeting” on Wed., Dec. 7, 5:15-6:15 p.m., in UAHS 5403 to discuss our role in the White House Precision Medicine Initiative® (PMI). The program is split into an initial presentation followed by breakout into focus groups for further discussion. It will be led by Drs. Monica Kraft, DOM chair, and Akinlolu Ojo, PMI lead principal investigator…


‘60 Minutes’ Airs Spotlight on Banner Alzheimer’s Research, Clinical Trial

The Nov. 27 CBS broadcast spotlighted a Medellin, Colombia, family where every member has been stricken by the neurological disorder. Banner Alzheimer’s Institute research on the family could prove crucial to determining if the disease is preventable. More volunteers are needed, though. View the video and join a registry to help researchers find a cure…


Male Perceptions of HPV Explored in Study by UA Researcher

UA assistant professor Maggie Pitts, PhD, analyzes how gender affects how people perceive their sexual health responsibilities in an article that appears in the journal Health Communications on what college males thought of the HPV vaccine. Nine focus groups with 84 college-aged males were surveyed in the study four years after the vaccines' approval…


Open House for the UA Health Sciences Center for Sleep & Circadian Sciences, Dec. 2

The UA Health Sciences’ Center for Sleep and Circadian Sciences will host an “Open House” reception on Friday, Dec. 2, 2016, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at its research clinic which opened this summer at 2033 E. Speedway Blvd., Suite 203. Come learn about the many interdisciplinary collaborations across the UA campus at the new center, which was spun off from the UAHS Asthma & Airway Disease Research Center in May…


Modern Hunter-Gatherers Show Value of Exercise for Heart Healthy Lifestyle

UA anthropologist David Raichlen, PhD, discovered that the Hadza, an indigenous ethnic group in Tanzania, meet the U.S. government's weekly physical activity recommendations in only two days. His study of this group offers insights for health-care professionals on exercise and reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease…


Not to Be Outdone, DOM Leadership Keeps Academic Presses Rolling with 2016 Articles

Adding to the work of junior faculty, fellows and resident physicians posted recently, investigators in leadership positions within the UA Department of Medicine posted another 100-plus articles. Topics range from asthma to HIV to kissing bugs to osteoarthritis to lung cancer. Read about some of the advances being made in our understanding of complex diseases and therapies to address them…


UA Receives $1.5 Million to Study Cancer in Firefighters

Researchers at the University of Arizona Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health will lead a collaborative research project to develop the framework for a long-term study of cancer in firefighters.


Learn How to Help Kids Battle Type 2 Diabetes at Endocrinology Grand Rounds, Dec. 13

Battling childhood obesity and early onset Type 2 diabetes one bite at a time is the theme of the next Endocrinology Grand Rounds lecture Tuesday, Dec. 13, 3-4 p.m., COM Room 5403, with speaker Melanie Hingle, PhD, MPH, RD, a registered dietitian and assistant professor in the Department of Nutritional Sciences at the UA College of Agriculture and Life Sciences…


UA Steele Children’s Research Center Receives $1.73M Grant to Explore Triggers of Autoimmune Disease

This study seeks to find answers into the mechanisms that trigger autoimmune disease—diseases that are on the rise in the Western world, and afflict approximately 24 million Americans.


DOM Physicians, Investigators Prolific with Published Papers around the Globe in 2016

With topics ranging from progesterone receptor blocking in breast cancer to epidural corticosteroid injections for radiculopathy and spinal stenosis, authors from the UA Department of Medicine—whether faculty physicians, fellows, residents, post-docs or students interested in internal medicine—have been very busy in the latter half of 2016. Articles, case studies and more were published in everything from the New England Journal of Medicine to the British Medical Journal… 


Insulin Resistance, COPD Next Topics in DOM Research Seminars, Dec. 8

Dr. Larry Mandarino will talk about diabetes, muscles and insulin resistance while Dr. Cristine Berry will discuss how low lung function trajectories from the Tucson Children’s Respiratory Study serve as an indicator in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease at the next DOM Research Seminar, Thursday, Dec. 8, noon-1 p.m., in UAHS 5403…


Year You’re Born Can Predict Your Odds in a Flu Pandemic

We are not blank slates with regard to how susceptible we are to emerging strains of flu virus, researchers from the University of Arizona and UCLA have discovered. The findings could provide information that could be relevant for the development of a universal flu vaccine.


COM – Phoenix Inaugural Department of Medicine Chair – Man on a Mission

As the inaugural chair of the Department of Medicine at the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix, Michael B. Fallon, MD, FACP, has a clean slate and a clear vision…


Banner Flu Season Compliance Deadline Approaches, Get Shot or Exemption by Dec. 5

As of Monday, there were nearly 1,500 people who had not yet gotten a flu shot or their exemption status approved out of nearly 6,500 Banner Health employees at the Banner – UMC Tucson and South hospitals and clinics. Learn about upcoming flu shot clinics and other options to get compliant by Monday, Dec. 5.


Department of Medicine Docs Grab Ink Throughout 2016 in Tucson Lifestyle

Dr. John Cunningham isn’t the only UA faculty physician to grab ink in Tucson Lifestyle in 2016. Read about these others who appeared in earlier editions of the magazine this year, including integrative medicine pioneer Dr. Andrew Weil, endocrinologist and nutritionist Dr. Craig Stump, genomics and pulmonology specialist Dr. Ken Ramos and cardiologist and CPR pioneer Dr. Gordon Ewy…


UA Public Health Professor Awarded Fulbright Scholarship to Nigeria

John Ehiri, PhD, MPH, MSc, professor and chair of the department of health promotion sciences at the University of Arizona Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health, will conduct HIV prevention research at the University of Lagos College of Medicine in Nigeria.


Annual Farness, Founders Lectures Focus on Fungal Diseases, Medical Imaging

Mayo Clinic’s Dr. Janis Blair gives Farness keynote on Valley Fever and transplants, while Founders Day headliner Dr. Art Gmitro talks about advances and innovation in medical imaging spearheaded at the UA Health Sciences. See a photo gallery and archived video for each lecture…


GI Specialist Gives ‘Gut Check’ a Scope Beyond the Ordinary in Magazine Article

Kudos to Dr. John Cunningham, a UA professor in the Division of Gastroenterology and the Samuel and Winnifred “Quiggy” Witt Endowed Chair in Medicine, who is featured in Tucson Lifestyle’s November issue. Representing Banner – UMC, he’s one of three local gastroenterologists and a nutritionist interviewed for an “In Health” article entitled “Gut Check” on digestive ailments and available treatments…


UA Valley Fever Center for Excellence Celebrates 20th Anniversary with New Website Launch

The website has new features designed for the public and health-care professionals. The launch coincides with Valley Fever Awareness Week, Nov. 12-20, and the 21st Annual Farness Lecture by Mayo Clinic infectious diseases specialist Janis E. Blair, MD, on Nov. 16.


UA Cancer Center Joins National Clinical Trials Network

The University of Arizona Cancer Center’s acceptance into NRG Oncology will increase the Center’s clinical trials portfolio and translational research capabilities.


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