Research Spotlights

Overcoming Physician Clinical Bias of Minority Patients

Very few physicians or patients enter an exam or hospital room with the intent of racially alienating the other person in the room, but research demonstrates minority populations, particularly African-Americans and Hispanic patients, receive unequal care compared to Caucasians. This is the focus of research by Dr. Khadijah Breathett, a specialist in advanced heart failure and transplant cardiology…


Skin Cancer Detection, Prevention & Translational Research

Dr. Clara Curiel’s research interests are in photobiology, early skin cancer detection, biomarker development and primary prevention. She has taken the initiative to address important clinical gaps in the skin cancer prevention field through innovative clinical study designs, and effective execution of clinical studies...


Investigating HIV Comorbidities and Disparities in Women, Minorities and Immigrants

As program director of HIV Translational Research within the UA Division of Infectious Diseases, Dr. Lori Fantry is involved in several studies related to sexually transmitted diseases, HIV in women, HIV and comorbidities (including cancer, cardiovascular disease and osteoporosis), HIV Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis, and latent TB among immigrants…


Comorbidities in Valley Fever & Rheumatoid Arthritis

Dr. Dominck Sudano's major research interest zero in on diagnosis and management of coccidioidomycoses or Valley Fever in patients with rheumatic disease who are treated with disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs (DMARDs), corticosteroids and biologic response modifiers (BRMs or biologics)...


Down to the Bone with Rheumatic & Musculoskeletal Diseases

Dr. Kent Kwoh's research focuses on outcome assessment and examination of risk factors for the development and progression of a broad spectrum of rheumatic and musculoskeletal diseases, most notably identification of MRI imaging biomarkers for the development and/or progression of knee osteoarthritis and related pain characterization...


Evaluating Aging-Related Issues in Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Dr. Sasha Taleban’s research focuses on clinical characterization and management of patients with Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, aka inflammatory bowel disease, particularly those of advanced age...


Pursuing Collaborative Efforts in Diabetes Prevention among High-Risk Populations

Dr. Craig Stump collaborates with other UA investigators regarding co-morbidities related to cardiovascular and kidney disease as well as to implement the Diabetes Prevention Program into specific high-risk populations. He also works with an Arizona State University team dedicated to developing and bringing to clinical utility personal devices designed to monitor and improve metabolic health...


Studying Turmeric's Effects on Arthritis, Cancer & Stroke

Dr. Janet Funk leads an NIH-funded cross-disciplinary translational research program investigating the pathogenesis and treatment of resorptive bone diseases including breast cancer bone metastases and rheumatoid arthritis...


Discovering the Genomic Roots of Prostate Cancer

Dr. Andrew Kraft's lab has been a leader in studying the Pim, a protein kinase that enhanced ability of the c-Myc gene to induce lymphomas. Over expression of Pim enhances the growth of human prostate cancer...


Management of Gastrointestinal Cancers

Dr. Emad Elquza specializes in cancers of the gastrointestinal tract, which include colon cancer, rectal cancer, esophageal cancer, stomach cancer, liver cancer, and cancer of the pancreas. He is actively involved in research and development of novel treatment options for patients with pancreatic cancer...


Breast Cancer and Bleeding/Clotting Disorders

Dr. Pavani Chalasani's lab focuses on development of biomarkers for patients with breast cancer. She has several ongoing translational and clinical projects and is PI on several industry sponsored and co-operative group protocols. Her funding comes from the NIH/NCI, American Cancer Society, Better Than Ever and UA Cancer Center-pilot funding mechanism....


Infection Prevention in Valley Fever and Transplant Patients

Dr. Tirdad Zangeneh's research interests focus on HIV management, Valley Fever and prevention of infection in heart, kidney and liver transplant patients...


Battling Infectious Diseases from Kissing Bugs to HIV

Research of Dr. Steve Klotz spans a range of interests. Bites from kissing bugs are the most common cause of bite-associated anaphylaxis in the United States and, in his HIV research, his team is combatting depression and frailty in patients with computer-driven, virtual reality exercise games...


Lung Immunology and Biomarker Discovery for Pulmonary Disorders

Dr. Ken Knox's research includes correlating the lung microbiome/virome and inflammatory responses to clinical phenotypes in HIV as part of the NIH-funded INHALD consortium...


Alternate Healing Approaches for Mainstream Medicine

We are developing methods and devices to measure stress and immune biomarkers non-invasively in sweat , and methods to link human physiological, behavioral and psychological responses to environmental attribute exposures in real-time...


Hospitalists Focus on QI for Inpatient Medicine

In the Division of Inpatient Medicine, Dr. Tejo Vemulapalli's team is actively involved in multiple process improvement projects, outcomes research and educational innovation, in addition to supporting other divisions with their enrollment of patients as we come across patients suitable for related research projects...


Pathogenic and Therapeutic Mechanisms of Pulmonary Vascular Diseases, Right Heart Failure

Dr. Jason Yuan is looking into how elevated pulmonary vascular resistance in pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH)—a progressive and fatal disease that predominantly affects women—causes an increase in afterload in the right ventricle, leading to right ventricular hypertrophy (or heart failure) and death...


Lung Vascular Permeability and Inflammatory Lung Injury

Dr. Skip Garcia's lab is a state-of-the-art pulmonary research laboratory focusing on the genetics and proteomics of lung biology and disease. He is internationally recognized for development of novel therapies for critically ill patients with acute inflammatory lung disease...


Getting a Clearer Look at Digestive Disorders Via Endoscopy, Imaging Innovation

A common theme in Dr. Bhaskar Banerjee's research is to develop methods of disease detection in real-time and at the point of care, without the use of dyes or stains (label-free)...


A Better Assessment of Dialysis Vascular Access Dysfunction

Dr. Prabir Roy-Chaudhury's lab is focused on uremic vascular biology as it applies to both dialysis vascular access dysfunction and the huge burden of cardiovascular morbidity and mortality in patients with end-stage renal disease (ESRD) and chronic kidney disease...


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