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DOM Chair Dr. Monica Kraft Announced as 2019 AZBio Researcher of the Year

The Arizona Bioindustry Association (AZBio), in an announcement posted Sunday night, named internationally renowned physician-scientist and University of Arizona Department of Medicine Chair Dr. Monica Kraft as its choice for Arizona Bioresearcher of the Year for 2019 based on her work on precision medicine therapies to treat severe asthma. This is the third year in a row that a UA faculty member has won the honor, which will be bestowed at an Oct. 2 ceremony at the Phoenix Convention Center…

UA Health Sciences and Banner Announce Free Prevention Fair on Falls

The fair will be held Friday, Sept. 27, from 3 - 5:30 p.m., and includes interactive workshops and a vendor fair.

UA Cancer Center Adds Six to Advisory Board

New members to provide leadership support, enhance partnerships in local communities and increase awareness and philanthropy for UA Cancer Center.

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UA Gastroenterology’s First Showcase of Latest in Research, Care for Digestive Diseases a ‘Smashing Success’

The inaugural “Southwest Regional Advances in Digestive Diseases: Best of DDW” 4.0-CME half-day conference, hosted Sept. 7 at the Starr Pass Resort by the University of Arizona Division of Gastroenterology, was wildly successful, according to coordinators for organizers Drs. Oleh Haluszka and Hemanth Gavini. They’ve already reserved a date in mid-September 2020 for the second annual event. See 2019 speakers, topics, and link to Q&A with Dr. Haluszka…

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UA Gastroenterology, Cancer Center Partner to Put ‘Spotlight on Stomach Cancer Symposium’

The University of Arizona Division of Gastroenterology and UA Cancer Center partner Oct. 26 with the non-profit No Stomach For Cancer to host a “Spotlight on Stomach Cancer Symposium” at the Health Sciences Innovation Building. Among DOM faculty participating: Drs. Emad Elquza, Hemanth Gavini, Juanita Merchant, Aaron Scott and Rachna Shroff. Harvard/Dana-Farber Cancer Institute’s Dr. Adam Bass offers the keynote and two invited speakers underscore rising rates for Hispanics and Native Americans. The free, public event also offers patient and caregiver sessions. Register today…

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Dr. Hecker a Finalist for Award at 2019 Governor’s Celebration of Innovation Expo

Dr. Louise Hecker, an associate professor with the University of Arizona Division of Pulmonary, Allergy, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine, UA BIO5 Institute member and research investigator with the Southern Arizona VA Health Care System, is a finalist for the Academia Award at the 16th Annual Governor’s Celebration of Innovation Awards. Earlier this year, she was named “Inventor of the Year” by Tech Launch Arizona for her lab’s work on small molecule Nox4 inhibitors to treat fibrotic diseases…

Study Changes Guidelines for Sepsis Management University of Arizona Health Sciences researcher ends debate among physicians regarding sepsis management.

Renegade Genes Caught Red Handed

Potentially dangerous genes embedded within human DNA were once thought to be locked down by helpful DNA structures called heterochromatin. A University of Arizona researcher disputes that belief and hopes to take it even further.

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Summer MSTAR Scholars Push UA’s Total to More Than Three Dozen Since 2007

With Dr. Mindy Fain as their institutional mentor, four University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson students were awarded Medical Student Training in Aging Research (MSTAR) Program scholarships from the American Federation for Aging Research this past summer to participate in geriatrics research at medical institutions across the country. Two went to Harvard, one to UCSF and another to the University of North Carolina…

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Phoenix Arizona Drug Discovery Summit, Oct. 2, Includes Several from UA Department of Medicine

Several University of Arizona Department of Medicine faculty members will be among presenters and panelists at the “Discovering New Medicines in Arizona Summit,” hosted (8 a.m.-3 p.m.) at the UA College of Medicine – Phoenix by the UA College of Pharmacy and UA Cancer Center as part of Arizona Bioscience Week activities. They include: Drs. Julie Bauman, Jennifer Carew, Louise Hecker, Monica Kraft, Julie Ledford and Lawrence Mandarino. Attendance is FREE. Register today!...

Teaser image with Dr. Jennifer Stern on cover of the Journal of Endocrinology

The Journal of Endocrinology has published a paper with the UA’s Dr. Jennifer Stern as lead author on research that suggests the metabolic glucoregulatory disturbance in obesity that can result in type 2 diabetes may be driven by inappropriate fasting-induced regulation of glucagon, resulting in a static glucagon:insulin ratio…

UA Named a Top 20 U.S. Public Research Institution by Times Higher Education The UA finished 104th overall in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2020 – a 55-spot leap over the university's position last year.

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ADA Awards $600K to Dr. Coletta to Study Mitochondrial Epigenetic Changes in Type 2 Diabetes Patients

Endocrinology’s Dr. Dawn Coletta received a three-year, $600,000 award from the American Diabetes Association (ADA) for a study titled “Unraveling the role of mitochondrial DNA methylation in type 2 diabetes.” With co-investigators Drs. Wayne Willis, Lawrence Mandarino and Janet Funk, this study will determine whether DNA methylation of the mitochondrial DNA impairs mitochondrial function in obese or type 2 diabetes insulin-resistant patients and could lead to therapies to address it…

Arizona Poison and Drug Information Center Warns of Severe Lung Injury Risk with Vaping Clinicians treating patients with possible e-cigarette exposure are urged to contact the Arizona Poison and Drug Information Center at 1-800-222-1222.

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Dr. Daruka Mahadevan Named Hem-Onc Chief at UT Health San Antonio, Mays Cancer Center

Dr. Daruka Mahadevan, a University of Arizona professor in the Division of Hematology and Oncology, co-leader of the Therapeutic Development Program and director of the Clinical Trials Phase I Program at the UA Cancer Center, was named chief of the Division of Hematology and Medical Oncology at the University of Texas, San Antonio, Department of Medicine and will lead that service line at the Mays Cancer Center at UT Health San Antonio. He’ll start in his new position Dec. 1…

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UA Women in Academic Medicine Spotlighting 20 Physicians for ‘Women in Medicine’ Month

September is the American Medical Association’s Women in Medicine Month, which showcases female physicians and highlight related advocacy and health issues impacting women patients. The University of Arizona Women in Academic Medicine chapter spotlights 20 UA women physicians this month. Among them are Drs. Serena Scott and Julia Jernberg (Geriatrics, General Internal and Palliative Medicine), Elizabeth Juneman (Cardiology), Rachna Shroff (Hem-Onc) and Gianna O’Hara (PGY3 Internal Medicine Resident). A social mixer was held Sept. 16. See your UAHS Campus Update morning email for more… 

Noted cardiothoracic surgeon joining the All of Us Research Program leadership team in Arizona

Dr. Irving Kron named contact principal investigator for Arizona program.

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Flu Season Approacheth – Get Thee to a Shot Clinic

Yeah, it’s that time of year again. Time to get your flu shot. Below you’ll find information on where and when you can get your flu shot on the University of Arizona main campus, UA Health Sciences Campus, Banner – University Medicine Tucson facilities and State of Arizona offices and facilities. See flu shot clinic schedules, eligibility criteria and clinical exemption forms. UAHS campus dates set for Oct. 1, 4 and 11. Banner Health campaign starts Sept. 23, unless you'd like to schedule an appointment at Banner Employee Health Services today…

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Fall Faculty Meeting Focuses on Kudos, New Hires, Diversity, Clinical Access and MedEd Self-Study

Front-ended by the Labor Day 2019 holiday, the University of Arizona Department of Medicine General Faculty Meeting, Sept. 4, was full of wonderful accomplishments of its physicians and researchers in the last six months. Among topics talked about: diversity and inclusion training, strategic communications, clinical access initiatives, and completion of an Academic Program Review self-study by February 2020. See an accolades report, upcoming events, new hires and video from the meeting…  

Can the Alzheimer’s Brain Regenerate and Recover?

A $37.5M grant from NIH will allow the University of Arizona Health Sciences to test a unique treatment for Alzheimer’s disease.

UA Health Sciences Awarded $1.4M Grant for Program that Supports Sleep Apnea Patients Peers will help newly diagnosed sleep-apnea patients get the most out of CPAP treatment, which saves lives but is difficult for many patients to follow.

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Call Issued on Nominations for 2nd Annual Clinical Excellence Awards

The Second Annual University of Arizona College of Medicine - Tucson Clinical Excellence Award, established in 2018, recognizes physician faculty members at the assistant or associate professor level for outstanding clinical care. This competitive award is acknowledged by a plaque, UA Health Sciences media coverage and carries with it a monetary prize. Deadline for nominations: Friday, Sept. 6, 2019…

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Hematology-Oncology’s Dr. Daruka Mahadevan Honored by National Academy of Inventors

A University of Arizona professor of medicine in the Division of Hematology and Oncology and Phase 1 Program director at the UA Cancer Center, Dr. Daruka Mahadevan has been recognized as a Senior Member of the National Academy of Inventors, a non-profit organization dedicated to encouraging inventors in academia…

New Program Provides Patients Both Medical and Behavioral Health Services at Banner Family Medicine Clinics A new program implemented by the UA Department of Family and Community Medicine and Banner – University Medicine provides primary care patients the opportunity to also receive behavioral health-care services at the same location.

UA Health Sciences Research Identifies Brain Inflammation As Potential Target to Treat Tinnitus The discovery by Dr. Shaowen Bao and his colleagues could lead to new treatments to silence tinnitus for millions of sufferers.