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Native Americans and Higher Cigarette Use: Stereotype Goes Up in Smoke University of Arizona Health Sciences study finds when whites and Native Americans in comparable income and education levels are compared, whites consume more cigarettes and are more nicotine dependent.

UArizona Health Sciences to Host Free, Public Drug Survival Interprofessional Exercise on Opioid Epidemic, March 2 The two-part event will offer training for opioid overdose crisis response, both to the general public and students, in a presentation called “Drug Survival 102,” as well as provide certification training to UArizona health sciences students. Dr. Richard Carmona, the 17th U.S. Surgeon General, will provide closing remarks.

‘Battles of the Bad Back’ Subject of UArizona Arthritis Center Lecture, March 4 Free and open to the public, the latest Living Healthy With Arthritis lecture features Dr. Venkat Ganapathy, University of Arizona associate professor of orthopedic surgery and Banner – University Medicine Tucson Orthopaedic Spine Service chief, who’ll discuss non-operative and operative treatments for back pain.

UArizona Health Sciences Researchers Uncover Potential New Therapy for Concussion-Related Headaches Researchers at the University of Arizona’s College of Medicine – Tucson have teamed with scientists at two other institutions to identify the cause of post-brain injury headaches and uncover a potential new therapy for millions of patients.

Four UArizona Researchers Named Senior Members of National Academy of Inventors The University of Arizona researchers — Drs. Rajesh Khanna, Jordan Lancaster, Jim Schweigerling and Joseph Valacich — are being recognized in areas that include pain therapeutics, heart disease treatment, optical science and online data collection. Two are from the UArizona Health Sciences colleges.

High School Students to Explore Health Careers at Banner – University Medical Center South, Feb. 12 Along with hands-on exercises from intubating a mannequin to peering inside someone’s stomach via ultrasound, Tucson area high school students will get a chance to learn about careers in health care at the “Pathway to Success” health career fair hosted at Banner – University Medical Center South.

UArizona College of Pharmacy Feb. 21 Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony to Celebrate Opening of Skaggs Addition The $26-million expansion includes new chemistry laboratory space that will be used for drug discovery and development and research in the areas of pharmaceutics, pharmacogenomics and pharmacology.

Dr. Laura Micek-Galinat Joins UArizona Family and Community Medicine, Banner – University Medicine With additional expertise in culinary medicine and integrative medicine, Dr. Micek-Galinat will provide primary patient care at the Banner – University Medicine Family Medicine Clinic at Alvernon.

UArizona Cancer Center Receives $6.9M Grant to Study Targeted Prevention of Non-Melanoma Skin Cancer With funding from the National Cancer Institute, a team of researchers at the University of Arizona Cancer Center is seeking effective preventive and therapeutic strategies to reduce the risk of non-melanoma skin cancer, like squamous cell carcinoma of the skin.

‘Secrets of the Microbiome’ Theme for Living Healthy With Arthritis Conference, Feb. 8 Dr. Donata Vercelli, an expert on the impact of germs that affect our health, delivers the keynote address at the University of Arizona Arthritis Center’s 18th annual “Living Healthy With Arthritis” conference. Other topics include optimal aging, pain management, lupus, dietary strategies, battling infection and the fact-filled, fun “Joint Health Jeopardy.”

Blue Light Can Help Heal Mild Traumatic Brain Injury Psychiatry professor William "Scott" Killgore used blue light to reset sleep patterns in adults recovering from concussions.

Four Cardiologists Join UArizona Sarver Heart Center The new faculty cardiologists bring expertise in interventional cardiology, cardiac imaging, heart failure and transplant cardiology to the University of Arizona Sarver Heart Center and Banner – University Medical Center. Schedule an appointment today.

UArizona Hockey to Host ‘Pink the Rink’ Game, Jan. 18 The Arizona Wildcat ice hockey team will raise awareness for cancer and contribute proceeds to the UArizona Cancer Center when it faces Missouri State on Saturday, Jan. 18, at the Tucson Arena. Honor a loved one by buying a jersey to support cancer research.

Lecture on Heart Failure, When to Seek Specialist, Jan. 16 Sarver Heart Center launches its free 2020 Green Valley Lecture Series at the Canoa Hills Social Center with Dr. Aaron Wolfson focusing on heart failure, how it affects health and options to optimize lifestyle changes.

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College Seeks Nominations, Applications for 40th Faculty Teaching Awards, AMES Travel Grants

In case you didn’t notice, the 40th Annual University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson Faculty Teaching Awards and the Vernon and Virginia Furrow Awards ceremony was not held in November per usual. Instead, it’s been moved to Feb. 28, with nominations due by Wednesday, Jan. 8. For faculty, staff and trainees presenting research at conferences (January-June 2020), submit your application for travel awards up to $750 — also due by Jan. 8. See photos/video from last year's event…


Marvin J. Slepian, MD, in his Sarver Heart Center lab [Photo: The University of Arizona Health Sciences, Office of Communications]
Dr. Slepian among Regents Professors, Distinguished Faculty to be Celebrated Jan. 13

Cardiologist Dr. Marvin Slepian was among five University of Arizona faculty members confirmed as Regents Professors — the highest academic recognition awarded to faculty members with distinguished accomplishments — in April. The Jan. 13 ceremony at the Fred Fox School of Music’s Crowder Hall will honor them and other faculty for contributions in the areas of teaching scholarship, research, creative work and community outreach…


UArizona Health Sciences Researcher Seeks New Way to Understand Human Aging Dr. Janko Nikolich-Zugich has received a prestigious $4.5 million MERIT Award from the National Institutes of Health to pursue a new, more promising way to study human aging.

Benefits of Active Learning Are All About Activity Active learning sessions result in a reset of student attention has been tested by researchers at the University of Arizona.

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Coming in 2020: Health Screenings to Better Serve UArizona Faculty, Staff

Exciting change to university employee health screenings will be here soon, announced the University of Arizona HR Alliance on behalf of UArizona Life & Work Connections. Launching in 2020, this free mini-health screening program will better serve employees, offering multiple sites across main campus for full benefits-eligible employees. They replace the current Department Health Screenings and Individual Health Screenings. See the schedule and find out more…


UArizona Cancer Center Receives $6.85M Grant to Continue Native American Cancer Research, Training, Outreach Program Since 2002, the University of Arizona Cancer Center and Northern Arizona University have received funding from the National Cancer Institute to form the Partnership for Native American Cancer Prevention, addressing the cancer burden on Native Americans.

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UArizona Ranks in Top 20 in Research Funding

The University of Arizona, No. 1 in astronomy and astrophysics expenditures, ranks in the top 4% of all U.S. universities in research and development expenditures, according to data from the National Science Foundation’s Higher Education Research and Development survey, which ranks more than 900 colleges and universities. UArizona Health Science ranked 48th in research funding with a 21.5% increase in federal dollars over the prior year...


Relative Humidity in the Workplace Can Impact Employee Health A new study suggests that relative humidity levels in the office can impact stress and potentially sleep quality, and cost employers in terms of productivity and sick leave.

UArizona Colleges of Medicine to Provide Free Tuition for Primary Care Medical Students The University of Arizona Colleges of Medicine in Tucson and Phoenix will cover tuition for medical students who commit to practice primary care or another designated critical-access specialty in rural or urban underserved communities in Arizona.

UArizona Health Sciences Leads Prevention of Chronic Disease in Arizona Border Region The Arizona Prevention Research Center at the University of Arizona Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health will continue its mission to prevent chronic disease among underserved populations in the Arizona border region thanks to a $7.5 million grant from the CDC.

Camp Wellness and Workforce Development Program Expand Services Thanks to a new contract with Banner – University Family Care/AHCCCS Complete Care, the UA Department of Family and Community Medicine’s Camp Wellness and Workforce Development Program are able to reach more individuals with mental-health conditions and substance-use disorders.

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