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Building Stronger Communities through Student Scholarship, Service
April 20, 2017

UA Health Sciences Colleges receive $500,000 gift from Chicanos Por La Causa


Pima County Fair, Bisbee Pride to Host Petersen HIV Clinics Awareness Outreach
April 19, 2017

The Pima County Fair (April 20-30) will host a joint public outreach effort by Pima County Health, COPE Community Services and the University of Arizona Petersen Clinics—the latter’s focus being on raising awareness about HIV and AIDS prevention. The clinics are hoping to diversify membership in their Consumer Advocacy Board, which meets quarterly, to expand their urban/rural reach. Look for Petersen Clinic staff also at the Bisbee Pride festival (June 16-18)…


Grant to Study Older Adult Fall Prevention Awarded to Dr. Ruth Taylor-Piliae
April 19, 2017

The National Council on Aging says a quarter of Americans age 65 and over fall each year, which translates to an older adult seeking ER treatment every 11 seconds at a financial toll of nearly $70 billion by 2020. A $10,000 grant from the Arizona Area Health Education Center to Dr. Ruth Taylor-Piliae will evaluate integration of a low-cost balance exercise program into geriatric services through the UA Center on Aging in partnership with El Rio Health Center to help remedy that…


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Video Celebrates Banner – University Medicine’s 2nd Anniversary; AMC Town Hall, April 24
April 18, 2017

Banner – University Medicine marked its second anniversary recently with a video of physicians and staff on what they’re proud of since the merger of Banner Health and University of Arizona Health Network created the new Banner academic medicine division. The division's governing board, the UA-Banner Academic Management Council, will host a town hall, April 24, noon-1 p.m., in DuVal Auditorium…


BioCom Enables ‘Add-to-Your-Calendar’ Tool to DOM Events
April 18, 2017

Do you occasionally miss a lecture or seminar because you weren’t able to easily add it to your smartphone or computer calendar? Never again. If you haven’t checked out the Events webpage at the UA Department of Medicine website lately, a new tool has been added that enables you to add an event to your personal itinerary via iCalendar, Outlook, Google or Yahoo calendar. Check it out…


Get a Head Start on Your Translational Science Career at This Panel, Reception, April 26
April 17, 2017

Save the date Wednesday, April 26, 5-7:30 p.m., for the next Southern Arizona Biomedical Research Symposia 2017, which features a Translational Research Career Panel  & Reception with six panelists. Among them are three faculty of the UA Department of Medicine – Tucson: Drs. Julie Bauman, Monica Kraft and Prabir Roy-Chaudhury. Panel discussion and Q&A in Kiewit, with reception after in UA Cancer Center lobby. Register now… 


UA Students Win 2017 National CLARION Case Competition
April 17, 2017

An interprofessional team of four UA students – a nursing graduate student, a medical student, a public health master’s student and a nutritional science undergraduate – won the 2017 National CLARION Case Competition and will split a $7,500 scholarship among them.


UA Arthritis Center and UA Athletics Team Up For 2017 Bear Down Luncheon, April 26
April 17, 2017

Eight-time NCAA champion and Olympic gold and silver medal winning UA softball coach Mike Candrea will be featured speaker at the event, which benefits research to identify the causes, improve the diagnosis and treatment and find cures for the more than 100 forms of arthritis.


High School Students Pack House for First-Ever Banner – UMC South Health Career Fair
April 15, 2017

More than 130 high school students, many with parents in tow, came to Banner – University Medical Center South’s La Galería auditorium to hear and learn about the variety of health care jobs offered and how best to prepare themselves for them. The brainchild of two South Campus internal medicine residents, the April 11 event won broad support and included two southside natives and UA grads as speakers, ER nurse Norma Mercado and Pima County health director Dr. Francisco García…


Clearing the Way for Fewer, More Effective Colonoscopies – AZPM Reports on Dual-View Endoscope Developed by UA Gastroenterologist
April 14, 2017

The work of UA gastroenterologist Dr. Bhaskar Banerjee and the UA College of Optical Sciences Ron Liang to develop a “dual-view” endoscope that sees forwards and backwards to better detect potentially cancerous polyps during colonoscopies was recognized on NPR 89.1 FM. Hear and read about it here…


With April ‘Donate Life’ Campaign, Banner – UMC to Host Organ Donor Family Tribute, April 23
April 12, 2017

The UA College of Medicine – Tucson and Banner Health’s Tucson health care facilities will host the 12th Annual Organ Donor Family Tribute, April 23, and participate April 30 in the Tucson March for Babies 5K Walk/Run in Reid Park for their “one big day” push to register/re-register donors as part of the Donor Network of Arizona “Health Care for Hope” statewide hospital donor registration challenge. Read on for how to confirm your donor status, or join or donate to the UA/Banner March of Dimes team…


Clerkship Coordinator Contreras among UAHS Excellence Award Nominees
April 12, 2017

Congratulations to Lucia “Lucy” Contreras, who was the UA Department of Medicine’s representative among nominees for the UA Health Sciences 2017 Awards for Excellence presented April 12 in DuVal Auditorium. She was among eight honored with nominations from the UA College of Medicine and nearly 25 nominees overall… 


UA’s Dr. Yves Lussier Invited to Give Keynote Address at ‘Precision Medicine Day,’ April 13 in Houston
April 12, 2017

Dr. Lussier, director of the Center for Biomedical Informatics and Biostatistics and associate vice president for data science and chief knowledge officer at the University of Arizona Health Sciences, will discuss “Delivering Better Treatments Through Data-Driven Science: Post-Genomics Advances in Precision Medicine.”


Reminder: DOM Research Seminar on Cardiovascular Phenotypes in Sickle Cell Disease, and HIV and B Cell Follicles, April 13
April 10, 2017

We’re down to the last three (or six, if you’re counting speakers) lectures in the inaugural season for the DOM Research Seminar Series. Speaking Thursday, April 13, noon-1 p.m., are Dr. Ankit Desai on “Bench-to-Bedside Approaches Unravel Inflammatory Mechanisms Underlying Novel Cardiovascular Phenotypes in Sickle Cell Disease,” and Dr. Liz Connick on “The Role of B Cell Follicles in HIV Replication and Persistence.” Be there—COM-T Room 5403. A light lunch will be served…


Tech Launch Arizona Assists in Commercializing Beating Heart Graft Invented at University of Arizona
April 10, 2017

With backing of Tech Launch Arizona, Tucson startup Avery Therapeutics Inc. has licensed a beating heart graft technology invented at the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson. Pre-clinical studies have already shown that the technology, called MyCardia™—invented by cardiologist Steve Goldman, MD, and Jordan Lancaster, PhD—improves heart function…


UA Researchers Land $2.27M Grant to Study Why Some Don’t Get Valley Fever, Some Die of It
April 8, 2017

Why are some barely affected by Valley fever while others admitted to intensive care? Drs. John Galgiani, director of the UA Valley Fever Center for Excellence, and Yves Lussier, director of the UA Center for Biomedical Informatics and Biostatistics, have won a $2.27 million grant from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), a unit of the National Institutes of Health, to study the immuno-genetic underpinnings of this complex respiratory disease endemic to the U.S. Southwest... 


New Faces, Updates to Admin Staff in Department of Medicine Announced
April 6, 2017

Four divisions in the Department of Medicine will experience changes in their administrative staff with the addition of two new admins and transfer of a third, announced Irene Robles, Banner – UMG administrative support supervisor for the department. Affected divisions include cardiology, gastroenterology, hematology and oncology, and nephrology. The South Campus residency program also has a new admin. Get an updated contact list for all divisions here…


South Campus Residents Push Health Care Jobs for the Underprivileged at April 11 Career Fair
April 6, 2017

Two UA College of Medicine Internal Medicine Residency Program – South Campus physicians, Drs. Norm Beatty and Roberto Swazo, and Dr. Victoria Murrain, assistant dean for graduate medical education at the UA College of Medicine at South Campus, appear in a broadcast today of KGUN9’s Morning Blend to tout “A Pathway to Success” — an April 11 career fair at Banner – UMC South for high school students to explore jobs in the health professions…


UA Sarver Heart Center Presents ‘Sleeping for Peak Performance and Your Heart,’ April 12
April 6, 2017

Michael Grandner, PhD, will provide an update on research that shows the links between optimal sleep duration, quality, and timing on heart health, heart-healthy behaviors and physical performance.


April is Donate Life Month – Help Ensure Availability of More Hearts, Sign Up to Be a Donor Today!
April 5, 2017

April is a great time to talk with family, friends and colleagues about organ donation and registering/reregistering to give the gift of life. Only 2,000 hearts are donated a year, and with far more heart-failure patients, there aren’t enough donor hearts to go around. In this article from the UA Sarver Heart Center newsletter, Dr. Jennifer Cook, director of the Advanced Heart Failure, Mechanical Circulatory Support and Cardiac Transplantation Program at Banner – UMC Tucson, discusses how we improve survival and quality of life for heart failure patients…


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