Research News

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NIH Awards $4.8M Grant to UA Valley Fever Center for Excellence to Accelerate Vaccine Development

The center, led by Dr. John Galgiani, will use the money to speed development of a Valley fever vaccine for dogs that it’s hoped will lead to a successful human vaccine. A California-based biotech company, Anivive Lifesciences, which has licensed the candidate vaccine from the UA, and Colorado State University have joined the center in that effort…


Dr. Akinlolu Ojo
ASN Kidney News Shines on ‘All of Us’ Research Program in Arizona

UA nephrologist Dr. Akinlolu Ojo, a principal investigator on the Arizona All of Us℠/Precision Medicine Initiative Research Program, was quoted in an article on the program that appears in the August issue of the ASN Kidney News, a publication of the American Society of Nephrology. Read the full article here…


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Diabetes, Pulmonology Topics for First Talk in Second Year of DOM Research Seminar Series, Sept. 14

Dr. Craig Stump, Division of Endocrinology, and Dr. Charles Downs, a pulmonary and critical care researcher with the Division of Translational and Regenerative Medicine, are the first speakers in this academic year’s DOM Research Seminar Series, set for Thursday, Sept. 14, noon-1 p.m., COM-T Room 5403. See current 2017-18 calendar of speakers here, including Nov. 9 guest speaker Dr. Judith Voynow, of VCU’s Children’s Hospital of Richmond Cystic Fibrosis Center…


Dr. John Galgiani in Ivanhoe video update on Valley fever research
Once in a Decade Symposium Catalyzes Recent Media Buzz on Valley Fever

A burst in media coverage recently on Valley fever coincides with a yearly  increase in cases around monsoon season, but this year a journal article with significant findings, newly funded research into genetics of the disease and a syndicated video on research into a vaccine—as well as a global symposium at Stanford University—make for a busy summer for infectious diseases specialist Dr. John Galgiani, director of the UA Valley Fever Center for Excellence…


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Positive Airway Pressure Therapy Could Reduce Hospitalizations for COPD Patients, says UA Study

The UA pulmonary division’s Drs. Sai Parthasarathy and Stefano Guerra are co-authors on the study in the Journal of American Medicine that notes, at a time when chronic obstructive pulmonary disease hospitalizations are at an all-time high, 92 percent of U.S. COPD patients studied didn’t receive therapy to help them breath better while sleeping. The study was the subject of several articles in July…


Dr. Daniel Persky
Dr. Persky Named Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s 2017 Man of the Year

Dr. Daniel Persky, associate professor in the UA Division of Hematology and Oncology, associate director of UACC Clinical Investigations and director of the UACC Clinical Trials Office, was instrumental helping raise $150,000 for the local chapter. The money helps patients afford copays and funds cancer research. In other news, H-H. Sherry Chow receives the Sydney E. Salmon Award and the Cancer Biology Program announces a new Genome Editing Facility… 


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…


Dr. Phil Hansbro, University of Newcastle, Australia
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…


Dr. Monica Vandivort seeing a patient and her son in clinic at Banner - UMC Tucson
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…


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