Valley Fever, Pulmonary Hypertension Billed for Next DOM Research Seminar, Dec. 14

Valley fever and pulmonary hypertension will be the topics for the next DOM Research Seminar hosted Thursday, Dec. 14, noon-1 p.m., by the UA Department of Medicine in Room 5403 of the UA College of Medicine – Tucson.

Speaking will be Fariba Donovan, MD, PhD, an assistant professor of medicine with the UA Division of Infectious Diseases and a research scientist with the UA Valley Fever Center for Excellence, and Jason X.-J. Yuan, MD, PhD, a professor of medicine and physiology, chief of the UA Division of Translational and Regenerative Medicine and associate vice president for translational health sciences with UA Health Sciences.

[For a photo gallery from this lecture, visit the DOM Research Seminar Series webpage here.]

A light lunch will be served in the style of grand rounds. The lectures—held monthly on the second Thursday during the academic year same time, same place—are simulcast to faculty at Banner – University Medical Center South in Conference Room 3030 and can be viewed live or archived online as well via the UA Health Sciences webcast site. To watch this lecture, click here: 

To view, download and share the flyer for the event, click here [PDF] or on image at right.

You also can add it to your personal schedule (via iCal, Outlook, Google or Yahoo! calendar), by clicking here.

Fungal Disease with Extra-Respiratory Effects

Dr. Fariba DonovanDr. Donovan joined the faculty of the UA Department of Medicine this past spring, returning to her research roots in medical mycology—the study of fungi and fungal infections. Previously, she was an assistant professor at Florida State University and an infectious diseases specialist with Intercoastal Medical Group.

She earned her medical degree from Shiraz University in her native Iran and completed a medical residency at Tehran University Hospital before pursuing a postdoctoral research fellowship in dermatology and biochemistry at Gifu University in Gifu, Japan. Afterward, she became a research associate at the Medical College of Ohio in Toledo, where she did a deep dive into research on coccidioidomycosis or Valley fever under Garry Cole, PhD. Later, she was a research associate in infectious diseases at the University of Cincinnati, in Cincinnati, Ohio, where she also completed residencies in family practice and internal medicine. She then did an infectious disease fellowship at the University of South Florida in Tampa and worked in private practice for three years after that.

Dr. Donovan recently won a contract from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to continue work into research she presented this summer at the Seventh International Coccidioidomycosis Symposium at Stanford University. That research, “Delays in Diagnosis of Coccidioidomycosis in Tucson,” is the subject of her presentation Dec. 14.

Pulmonary Disease & Heart Failure

Dr. Jason X.-J. YuanDr. Yuan joined the UA faculty in 2014, when his division which focuses largely on advanced collaborative, multidisciplinary research was created to work across the UA Health Sciences colleges and related centers and institutes. He came from the University of Illinois at Chicago, where he was a professor of medicine and pharmacology, medicine vice chair for scholarly activities, and director of two research programs in the Institute for Personalized Respiratory Medicine and Center for Cardiovascular Research. Before that he held faculty positions at the University of California, San Diego, and University of Maryland in Baltimore.

Dr. Yuan received his medical degree from Suzhou Medical College, Suzhou, China, where he also completed an internship at Suzhuo Medical College Hospital and Suzhou Third City Hospital, followed by a research fellowship in the Departments of Physiology and Medicine at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. He earned his doctorate in a joint training program with the University of Maryland and Peking Union Medical College and Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences, Beijing, China.

With numerous professional activities, memberships and awards to his name, Dr. Yuan is an elected member of the Association of American Physicians and American Society for Clinical Investigation, a fellow of the American Heart Association (AHA), American Physiological Society and American Association for the Advancement of Science and a member of the American Thoracic Society. Among organizations he has served as an advisor and reviewer are the National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Centers and National Science Foundation. His honors include the AHA Established Investigator Award, Pulmonary Vascular Research Institute Achievement Award and a Guggenheim Fellowship Award. He also is published widely with numerous books and book chapters and well over 200 scientific journal articles to his credit. This includes being co-editor of the Textbook of Pulmonary Vascular Disease (2011, Springer)

Dr. Yuan noted that “studies on lung vascular pathobiology and pulmonary vascular disease are one of the major research focuses in our Division.” Thus, the topic of his talk will be: “Translational Research on Pulmonary Hypertension.”

About the DOM Research Seminar Series

Now in its second year, this lecture series began in September 2016 to highlight the diverse, broad-based and innovative advanced research being accomplished by faculty across the UA Department of Medicine’s 14 divisions. It is held monthly on the second Thursday during the academic year, pairing a junior and senior investigator from different divisions. Each speaks for 20-25 minutes followed by a brief Q&A with the audience.

Next up, Thursday, Jan. 11, are Frank C. "Chip" Brosius, III, MD, professor, Division of Nephrology; and Vivian Shi, MD, assistant professor, Division of Dermatology.

To see the full calendar of speakers for FY2017-18 (as well as archived video and photo galleries for past events), click here.

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Release Date: 
11/27/2017 - 4:00pm