DOM Research Seminar to Spotlight Sleep Medicine, Novel Therapeutics for Fibrotic Diseases, Nov. 10

Sleep medicine and fibrotic diseases are the topics for the next DOM Research Seminar lecture from the University of Arizona Department of Medicine on Thursday, Nov. 10., noon to 1 p.m., in Room 8403, Chase Bank Auditorium, Banner – University Medical Center Tucson.

A light meal will be served. Click here [PDF] (or on the image at right) to view, post or print a flyer on this event to share with colleagues. 

Speakers and titles of their presentations are:
“Preclinical Development of Novel Therapeutics for Fibrotic Disease”
Louise Hecker, PhD

  • Assistant Professor of Medicine, Divisions of Translational & Regenerative Medicine and Pulmonary, Allergy, Critical Care & Sleep Medicine
  • Research Investigator, Southern Arizona VA Health Care System

“Sleep, Clocks and Inflammation”
Sairam Parthasarathy, MD

  • Professor of Medicine, UA Division of Pulmonary, Allergy, Critical Care & Sleep Medicine
  • Director, Sleep & Circadian Sciences, UAHS Asthma & Airway Disease Research Center, and
  • Medical Director, Center for Sleep Disorders, Banner – University Medical Center Tucson.

Watch It LIVE!
This lecture series occurs on the second Thursday of the month. Each lecture is webcast live via the UA Health Sciences BioCommunications website and archived for viewing later at: (click on the date to watch).

The DOM Research Seminars—launched in September 2016—pair a junior and senior investigator from different divisions to highlight the breadth and variety of innovative research being accomplished in the Department of Medicine at the UA College of Medicine – Tucson.

Background – Dr. Hecker
Dr. Hecker's research background and training are rooted in regenerative biology and investigating mechanisms of tissue injury-repair. Her ongoing research involves discovering new drug candidates to target Nox4 and preclinical testing of novel therapies aimed to treat idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF). She is principal investigator on a study, “Aging, Fibroblast Senescence, and Apoptosis in Lung Fibrosis,” funded through June 2017 by a nearly $1 million grant from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. And she is founder and chief scientific officer of Regenerative Solutions LLC, a contract firm that provides specialized preclinical testing services for biotech and pharmaceutical companies with drug development platforms in pulmonary fibrosis.

She earned her doctorate in applied physics and a master’s degree in cell and developmental biology from the University of Michigan, where she also completed a fellowship in lung injury-repair in 2009. She also holds a master’s degree in biological sciences from Binghamton University, Binghamton, N.Y., and a bachelor’s degree in biology from Hartwick College, Oneonta, N.Y.

Dr. Hecker joined the UA faculty in 2014, serving previously as assistant professor of medicine at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and an instructor in the Division of Pulmonary, Allergy and Critical Care Medicine there before that.

Background – Dr. Parthasarathy
Dr. Parthasarathy started his career in 1999 as an assistant professor of medicine in the Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood, Ill., and a staff physician at Edward Hines Jr. VA Hospital in Hines, Ill., near Chicago. In 2002, he became director of Respiratory Care and Home Oxygen Therapy at the VA hospital and, in 2003, he also became director of the Sleep Disorders Center at the medical center.

He joined the UA faculty in 2004 and served in several roles at the Southern Arizona VA Health Care System, including chief, Section of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine; director, Sleep Laboratory; and chief of research. In 2011, he became director of the Center for Sleep Disorders at the University of Arizona Health Network—now Banner – University Medicine. Since 2013, he also has been director of the ACGME-accredited UA Sleep Fellowship Program.

A National Institutes of Health funded physician-scientist, Dr. Parthasarathy has been a member and past chair of the NIH’s Sleep Disorders Research Advisory Board at the National Center for Sleep Disorders Research Center, National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute. He’s currently associate editor of the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine and Sleep and on the editorial board of the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine.

Next Event - Dec. 8
The next DOM Research Seminar will be held Thursday, Dec. 8, featuring Larry Mandarino, PhD, UA professor of medicine, chief, Division of Endocrinology, and director, UA Health Sciences, Center for Disparities in Diabetes, Obesity and Metabolism; and Cristine Berry, MD, MHS, UA assistant professor of medicine and medical director of the Pulmonary Function and Exercise Physiology Laboratory in the Division of Pulmonary, Allergy, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine.

Other Speakers
For a full list of speakers for this seminar series through June 2017, click here.

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Release Date: 
10/21/2016 - 8:30am