Research News

Final DOM Research Seminar of 2016-17 Delivers on Data for Precision Medicine Solutions

Drs. Elizabeth Juneman and Andrew Kraft closed out the DOM Research Seminar Series for the 2016-17 academic year, June 8, speaking about electrophysiology in heart failure and targeted therapy of cancer. See the photo gallery and archived video for this and all the lectures in this inaugural year for this series that showcases the breadth and innovation of research into solutions for some of the most challenging medical conditions being conducted at the UA Department of Medicine… 


Asthma Research Gets Spotlight in Arizona Republic Op-Ed by UA Senior VPs

A recent Arizona Republic op-ed article co-written by the UA senior VPs Drs. Kimberly Andrews Espy (research), and Leigh Neumayer (health sciences), on federally funded research under way at the UA to ease breathing woes of those suffering from asthma. The May 31 article spotlights the work of Drs. Fernando Martinez and Monica Kraft, both of whom received large NIH grants in the past year…


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Australian Respiratory, Immunology Researcher to Give DOM Visiting Lecture, June 5, Noon

Dr. Phil Hansbro, professor and chair of immunology and microbiology at Australia’s University of Newcastle will speak on “Understanding Pathogenesis to Develop New Treatments for Respiratory Diseases” as a special DOM Visiting Lecturer on Monday, June 5, noon-1 p.m., in the Chase Bank Auditorium, Room 8403, at the UA College of Medicine – Tucson…


Department of Medicine Chair Named Fellow of the European Respiratory Society

University of Arizona Department of Medicine Chair Dr. Monica Kraft has been elected as a Fellow of the European Respiratory Society (FERS). She is one of 17 people and two Americans to receive the honor this year. She has been named previously as a fellow of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, American College of Physicians and American College of Chest Physicians…


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You Ought to Be in Pictures – UA-Banner PMI/All of Us Research Program Seeks Faces of Diversity, Volunteers as Early Enrollees

The UA-Banner All of Us℠/Precision Medicine Initiative team is looking for people to volunteer to have their photo taken to advertise the diversity of our unique Southwest population AND volunteers – or friendlies – to enroll during this “soft launch” before the national research program goes into full swing later this summer. Good news, you don’t have to be a Banner-bonded patient! Ask your family, friends and colleagues to join. Also see the latest All of Us℠ newsletter for June, out now…


UA Researchers to Evaluate New Therapeutic Platform in Targeted Treatment of Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis

Drs. Louise Hecker and Heidi Mansour won a $415,491 National Institute on Aging grant to see whether the active ingredient in an FDA-approved oral drug that inhibits relapse and progression in multiple sclerosis might be effective in treatment of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF), an advanced lung disease that affects the elderly. The two UA researchers will examine efficacy and safety of oral versus inhaled administration of new antioxidant formulations of the drug designed specifically for IPF. Their findings could lead to clinical trials…


DOM Research Seminar Looks at Heart Failure Electrophysiology, Precision Cancer Therapy – June 8

The final DOM Research Seminar of the 2016-17 academic year will be Thursday, June 8, Room 5403, noon-1 p.m., with speakers Drs. Elizabeth Juneman, UA Division of Cardiology, and Andrew Kraft, Division of Hematology and Oncology. Dr. Juneman will speak on “Electrophysiology in Heart Failure: Pre-Clinical Assessment of Sudden Cardiac Arrest.” Dr. Kraft, director, UA Cancer Center, will talk about, “Targeted Therapy of Cancer – Have We Succeeded?”…


1in9 Kidney Challenge Founders Visit UA Nephrology Faculty, Researchers

A Phoenix couple touring the country on behalf of sufferers of chronic kidney disease (CKD), Raymond and Analyn Scott, made a stop in Tucson earlier this month to meet with faculty and investigators within the UA Division of Nephrology and the Arizona Kidney and Vascular Research Center. Their organization, 1in9 Kidney Challenge, underscores the fact one in nine U.S. adults suffers from kidney disease. They offered a patient perspective on living with CKD and heard about the latest related UA research…


Imaging Study of Lipoproteins in Cardiovascular Disease Wins S. Campus Resident $1,000 Prize at Arizona ACC Annual Meeting

Dr. Balaji Natarajan, a member of the University of Arizona Internal Medicine Residency Program – South Campus, won a research poster competition May 20 at the 2017 Arizona Annual Meeting of the American College of Cardiology hosted at the Mayo Clinic – Scottsdale Campus’ Taylor Auditorium. His research looked at NMR spectroscopy imaging in psoriasis patients of lipoproteins associated with cholesterol buildup in arteries to better evaluate the risk of cardiovascular disease…


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AzAHEC Grant to Improve Training, Education and Coordination among Cochise County Elderly Care Providers

UA geriatrician and UA Center on Aging member Dr. Monica Vandivort has won a $50,000 start-up grant from the Arizona Area Health Education Centers (AzAHEC) for a clinical research initiative entitled, “A Community Paramedicine-Primary Care Partnership in Rural Cochise County Pilot Project to Improve Health Outcomes of Seriously Ill Elders.” It involves a multidisciplinary, collaborative effort between multiple health care organizations in and around Sierra Vista, Ariz…


Liver Disease Foundation Awards Dr. Archita Desai $150K for Predictive Care Needs Research

Dr. Archita Desai, a UA assistant professor in the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology and research associate with the UA Liver Research Institute, won a two-year, $150,000 grant from the American Association for the Study of Liver Disease Foundation to fund her project, “The Intersection of Precision Medicine and Population Health to Improve Health Equity in Liver Disease”...


Sleep Center Director Gets $250K Grant to Evaluate Telemedicine Consults for Insomnia Patients

With funding from the American Sleep Medicine Foundation, Dr. Sai Parthasarathy and his research team at the UAHS Center for Sleep & Circadian Sciences will investigate if delivery of therapy for insomnia is effective and more convenient for patients through telehealth visits rather than conventional in-person consultations. They look to enroll up to 85 patients in a clinical study over next few months...


Sarver Director Emeritus Dr. Gordon Ewy to Receive Honorary Georgetown Degree

Founding UA Division of Cardiology faculty member who oversaw construction of Sarver Heart Center building, to be recognized for his research contributions to defibrillation and resuscitation for cardiac arrest victims with a Doctor of Science (DSc) degree at the Georgetown University School of Medicine commencement, May 26, in Washington, DC’s DAR Constitution Hall…


Celebrating the Career of Dr. David Alberts, UA Cancer Center Throws a Party

For his May 8 retirement, the UA Cancer Center honored its director emeritus and regents professor Dr. David S. Alberts with a scientific symposium, a “Celebrating a Stellar Career” tribute and a large reception. A key player in the center’s founding as well as that of the UA Skin Cancer Institute, he has dedicated himself to building a $5 million endowment to support the institute. See the pictures and find how you might support that effort…


UA Presence at American Thoracic Society 2017 International Conference More Expansive

A large contingent from UA Department of Medicine, Division of Pulmonary, Allegy, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine, and UA Health Sciences Asthma and Airway Disease Research Center are set to take the stage with impactful scientific findings at the ATS 2017 International Conference in Washington, DC, May 19-24. They include faculty, researchers, fellows, residents and students from the UA College of Medicine – Tucson. Two more have won scholarships to attend… 


Three NCI-Funded T32 Research Post-Docs Positions Available at UA Cancer Center

The Cancer Prevention and Control Health Disparities Training T32 Program offers a multi-disciplinary mentored environment integrating behavioral to biological science research focused on cancer disparities and understanding and preventing cancer...


Resident, Fellow Headed to 2017 ATS Conference Courtesy of Bressler-Alpert Travel Fund

Two more physicians in training within the University of Arizona Department of Medicine—Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine fellow Joshua Dill, DO, and Internal Medicine Program Tucson Campus resident See-Wei Low, MBBS—received Bressler-Alpert Travel Awards. The awards will assist them in presenting their research at ATS 2017, the annual conference of the American Thoracic Society. A third physician, Tucson Campus resident Khushboo Goel, MD, won an ATS Abstract Scholarship to present at the conference, too…


Tech Launch AZ Honors Inventors, Startups, Impact-Makers at I-Squared Awards & Expo

Tech Launch Arizona—the University of Arizona office that brings inventions stemming from faculty research from the lab to the world—held its fourth annual awards event at the Jim Click Hall of Champions at McKale Center. The I-Squared Expo & Awards honors those whose work directly affects the quality of life for people in Tucson, across Arizona and worldwide through research, collaboration and technology commercialization. Drs. Steve Goldman and Bhaskar Banerjee were among those recognized… 


Liver Disease and Advanced Endoscopy Topics for DOM Research Seminar Lectures, May 11

Two faculty members from the UA Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology—Drs. Archita Desai, a Liver Research Institute research associate, and Bhaskar Banerjee, who also is a professor of optical sciences and biomedical engineering—will be presenters at the next DOM Research Seminar Series lecture on Thursday, May 11, noon-1 p.m., in the Room 5403 auditorium of the UA College of Medicine – Tucson. Save the date and post the flyer…


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

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… 


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