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UArizona Sees Improvement in COVID-19 Numbers, Compliance The number of positive test results on campus decreased following a 14-day shelter-in-place recommendation.

Genetic, Viral Interactions in Development of Sinusitis Focus of UArizona Surgeon-Scientist A $2.2 million federal grant will allow Dr. Eugene Chang, a sinus surgeon at the UArizona College of Medicine - Tucson, to investigate human genetic viral interactions in the development of sinus disease.

Researchers Uncover Potential Target to Diagnose, Monitor Cervical Cancer Treatment Dr. Melissa Herbst-Kralovetz’s research team found proteins called immune checkpoint inhibitors in the cervicovaginal environment that may help predict if a woman suffers from abnormal cell growth or cancer.

Health Sciences Exceeds $200M in Research Funding for First Time, Boosted by COVID-19 Collaborations University of Arizona Health Sciences passes $200 million milestone in research funding in fiscal year 2020, addressing some of the world’s most challenging health conditions, including COVID-19.

Future Primary Care Physicians Grateful for Full-Tuition Scholarship, Excited to Serve their Communities Sixteen first-year students are among 32 new PCP Scholarship recipients this academic year at the UArizona Colleges of Medicine in Tucson and Phoenix – both schools still have scholarships available.

University to Continue Holding Only ‘Essential Courses’ in Person Through Oct. 2 While the campus has seen a spike in cases over the last few weeks, Friday’s positivity rate was down from last week, and no new students were admitted to isolation housing over the weekend.

Dr. Monica Kraft to Lead All of Us Research Program at UArizona and Banner Health Funded by the National Institutes of Health, the All of Us Research Program is a historic effort to collect and study data from at least 1 million people in the United States.

Arizona COVID-19 Genomics Union Tracks Virus Strains in State Molecular clock analysis showed no widespread community distribution of the highly contagious coronavirus disease in Arizona until mid-February.

Researchers Prepare First Potential Drug Therapy for Vascular Dementia for Clinical Trials Dr. Meredith Hay won a $5.7 million grant for clinical trials on a novel peptide therapy that, if successful, would be the first drug to treat vascular dementia – the second most common form of dementia.

UArizona, County Issue Shelter-in-Place Recommendation for Students UArizona President Dr. Robert C. Robbins said the university expected to see an increase in COVID-19 cases, but it has become too much, necessitating a shelter-in-place recommendation similar to what the state faced in the spring.

UArizona Cancer Center Honored with 2020 Innovator Award Efforts to keep patients safe in the time of COVID-19 led to significant savings and innovation in chemotherapy delivery and earned University of Arizona Health Sciences center national recognition.

How Coronavirus Took Hold in North America and Europe Early interventions were effective at stamping out coronavirus infections, but subsequent, poorly monitored travel allowed the virus to ignite major outbreaks in Europe and North America, according to a new study.

Internationally Recognized Radiologist Named UArizona Chair of Medical Imaging Joining the University of Arizona Health Sciences in October, Dr. Geoffrey Rubin holds six U.S. patents for medical image analysis and is past chairman of radiology at Duke University School of Medicine.

COVID-19 Highlighted Longstanding Problems in Nursing Homes, UArizona Expert Says Tara Sklar, a health law and policy expert on caring for older adults, talks about recommendations she made to federal, state and local governments to address COVID-19’s spread through American nursing homes.

University, County Work Together at ‘Critical Time’ for COVID-19 Mitigation Dr. Theresa Dr. Cullen, director of the Pima County Health Department, said the county, university and other partners are working together on a “layered approach” to COVID-19 mitigation.

UArizona to Ramp Up COVID-19 Testing The university will conduct 5,000 COVID-19 tests per week as part of continued efforts to slow the spread of the virus.

‘Discovering New Medicines’ Summit Unites Experts from UArizona Health Sciences, Pharma to Advance Research and Commercialization Arizona Center for Drug Discovery and University of Arizona Cancer Center host Sept. 15 virtual summit to discuss new innovations in drug discovery to benefit citizens throughout the state and more.

FDA Authorizes Use of UArizona COVID-19 Antibody Test; Testing Expanded to All Arizonans Age 18 and Older The antibody test determines who has been exposed to and developed an immune response against COVID-19.

Arthritis Center ‘Bear Down for Health: Sport and Science in Era of COVID-19’ Livestream, Sept. 16 UArizona Athletics Dave Heeke and Drs. Daniel Derksen and Dr. Janko Nikolich-Žugich will headline this unique livestream presentation of the Arthritis Center’s annual educational fundraiser.

UArizona Researcher to Study Cellular Stress Responses Common in Cancer, Aging Bolstered by a $1.6 million grant, Dr. Timothy Bolger, at the University of Arizona Cancer Center, is studying how cells respond to stress and the role this process has in cancer growth and aging.

Arizona Poison Centers Warn about Avoiding Inappropriate Medications for COVID-19 Treatment: Oleandrin Inappropriate medications – such as oleandrin, a derivative of oleander known to be toxic – used to prevent or treat COVID-19 could cause significant harm and no benefit, University of Arizona Health Sciences-based center and Banner Health center warn.

Breast Cancer Therapy Associated with Reduced Risk of Neurodegenerative Disease in Women A University of Arizona Health Sciences cohort study of more than 50,000 menopausal women showed significant decrease in Alzheimer’s disease diagnosis.

Log-in Sept. 2 for ‘Stem Cell Therapy & Platelet-Rich Plasma for Osteoarthritis: Hope or Hype?’ Free and open to the public, the livestreamed online lecture by University of Arizona Arthritis Center Director Dr. C. Kent Kwoh will focus on the mechanisms of stem cell and Platelet-Rich Plasma therapies to treat osteoarthritis.

UArizona Study Seeks to Understand Endometriosis, Infertility and Stroke in Women Drs. Leslie Farland and Melanie Bell at the UArizona Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health to lead a federally funded research study to investigate a link among endometriosis, infertility and stroke in women.

Three New Cardiologists Broaden UArizona Health Sciences, Banner – University Medicine Breadth of Services in Tucson Drs. Arka Chatterjee, Talal Moukabary and Madhan Sundaram bring significant expertise in interventional cardiology and electrophysiology to the Sarver Heart Center and Banner – University Medicine Tucson.

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