DOM Research Seminars – 2016-17

2016-17 Academic Year

TOPICS & SPEAKERS

JUNE 6, 2017

  • “Electrophysiology in Heart Failure: Pre-Clinical Assessment of Sudden Cardiac Death Risk” — Elizabeth Juneman, MD, associate professor, Division of Cardiology; member, UA Sarver Heart Center; UA Reynolds Scholar in Applied Geriatrics, and director, Outpatient Cardiology, Banner – University Medical Center Tucson and South, and
  • “Targeted Therapy of Cancer – Have We Succeeded?” — Andrew S. Kraft, MD, professor, Division of Hematology and Oncology; director, UA Cancer Center, senior associate dean, translational research, UA College of Medicine – Tucson; associate vice president, oncology programs, UA Health Sciences, and the UA’s Sydney E. Salmon Endowed Chair.

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MAY 11, 2017

  • “Can Patient Reported Outcomes Inform Healthcare Utilization”Archita Desai, MD, UA Liver Research Institute research associate and assistant professor in the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, and
  • “Optical and Engineering Solutions for Clinical Needs in Gastroenterology”Bhaskar Banerjee, MD, who has dual appointments as a professor of medicine, optical sciences and biomedical engineering, and is a past chief of the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology

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APRIL 13, 2017

  • “Bench-to-Bedside Approaches Unravel Inflammatory Mechanisms Underlying Novel Cardiovascular Phenotypes in Sickle Cell Disease”Ankit A. Desai, MD, UA assistant professor of medicine and physiological sciences, Division of Cardiology, UA College of Medicine – Tucson, and member, Molecular Cardiovascular Research Program, UA Sarver Heart Center, and
  • “The Role of B Cell Follicles in HIV Replication and Persistence”Elizabeth Connick, MD, UA professor of medicine and chief, Division of Infectious Diseases, UA College of Medicine – Tucson

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MARCH 9, 2017

GUEST SPEAKER¹: “Metabolism and Hypoxia in Pulmonary Vascular Disease”Serpil Erzurum, MD, the Alfred Lerner Memorial Chair in Innovative Biomedical Research, Pathobiology Department, Lerner Research Institute, Cleveland Clinic, and professor of medicine, Lerner College of Medicine, Case Western Reserve University.

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¹ Dr. Erzurum’s address doubled as a speaking engagement on behalf of the Winter Lung Series Conferences, hosted by the UA Division of Pulmonary, Allergy, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine, and the UA Health Sciences Asthma and Airway Disease Research Center.

FEB. 9, 2017

  • “SELPLG as a Candidate Gene in Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome”Christian Bime, MD, UA assistant professor of medicine, Division of Pulmonary, Allergy, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine, as well as medical director, Medical Intensive Care Unit, Banner – University Medical Center Tucson, and
  • “Imaging Biomarkers of Knee Osteoarthritis”C. Kent Kwoh, MD, UA professor of medicine and medical imaging; director, UA Arthritis Center; chief, Division of Rheumatology; and the Charles A.L. and Suzanne M. Stephens Endowed Chair in Rheumatology.

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JAN. 12, 2017

GUEST SPEAKER: “Targeting Lymphocyte Traffic in Inflammatory Bowel Disease: Past, Present and Future”Jesus Rivera-Nieves, MD, professor, Division of Gastroenterology, University of California San Diego School of Medicine.

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DEC. 8, 2016

  • “Characterizing Lung Function Trajectories in the Tucson Children’s Respiratory Study”Christine Berry, MD, MHS, assistant professor in the Division of Pulmonary, Allergy, Critical Care & Sleep Medicine, and medical director of the Pulmonary Function and Exercise Physiology Laboratory, and
  • “Origins of Insulin Resistance and Type 2 Diabetes – Does your muscle like fat or sugar?”Lawrence Mandarino, PhD, professor of medicine, chief of the UA Division of Endocrinology and director of the UA Health Sciences Center for Disparities in Diabetes, Obesity & Metabolism.

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NOV. 10, 2016

  • “Preclinical Development of Novel Therapeutics for Fibrotic Disease”Louise Hecker, PhD, UA assistant professor, Division of Translational & Regenerative Medicine, and research investigator, Southern Arizona VA Health Care System, and
  • “Sleep Clocks and Inflammation”Sairam Parthasarathy, MD, UA professor, Division of Pulmonary, Allergy, Critical Care & Sleep Medicine, associate director, Sleep & Circadian Sciences, UAHS Asthma & Airway Disease Research Center, and medical director, Center for Sleep Disorders, Banner - University Medical Center Tucson

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OCT. 13, 2016

  • “Toxoplasma Gondii & The CNS: Frenemies? The Crossroads of Microbiology, Immunology and Neuroscience” Anita Koshy, MD, UA assistant professor of immunobiology and neurology, and a member of the faculty at the Neuroscience Graduate Interdisciplinary Program, UA Cancer Center, Evelyn F. McKnight Brain Institute and BIO5 Institute, and
  • “Dialysis Vascular Access of Flow, Fistulae and Finance” Prabir Roy-Chaudhury, MD, PhD, UA professor of medicine, chief, Division of Nephrology, and director, UA Kidney and Vascular Center.

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SEPT. 8, 2016

“Surfactant Protein-A (SP-A) and Asthma: From Basic Science to Translational Research”Julie Ledford, PhD, UA assistant professor of medicine and immunobiology, and Monica Kraft, MD, UA professor of medicine, chair, UA Department of Medicine, deputy director, UA Health Sciences Asthma and Airway Disease Research Center, and the Robert and Irene Flinn Endowed Chair of Medicine. Both also are members of the UA BIO5 Institute.

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About the UA Department of Medicine

The UA Department of Medicine is the largest department in the UA College of Medicine, with more than 200 faculty physicians in 14 divisions covering every subspecialty in internal medicine from Cardiology to Rheumatology. The two newest divisions focus largely on research, Translational and Regenerative Medicine, begun in 2014 and led by Jason Yuan, MD, PhD, and, Genetics, Genomics and Precision Medicine, created in January 2017 with recruitment of co-chiefs Gene Bleecker, MD, and Deb Meyers, PhD, who also are directors of the Division of Pharmacogenomics in the UA Health Sciences Center for Applied Genetics and Genomic Medicine.

Our department trains more than 130 residents in two internal medicine and a dermatology residency program, each accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education, and more than 70 fellows in 17 ACGME-accredited  fellowship programs. It also participates in the education of nearly 450 medical students through electives and rotations associated with Medicine Clerkship and Sub-Internship Programs. 

We are one of the six original departments of the UA College of Medicine - Tucson, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year.