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UA Experts Taking Center Stage at TENWEST Impact Festival

More than 50 speakers from the University of Arizona and 250 overall will take part in the TENWEST Impact Festival. It’s expected to draw about 15,000 local, regional and national attendees to downtown Tucson, Oct. 11-20, to discuss innovative solutions to the world’s social, environmental and economic issues. Through 10 days of exhibitions, talks, and interactive experiences, national experts and local heroes seek to inspire ideas and facilitate connections to empower solutions. Everyone has a role. Discover yours. See health topics and the full schedule…


UA Department of Urology to Host Inaugural Golf Benefit for Fight Against Prostate Cancer, Nov. 9 Registration is open and sponsorship opportunities are available for the event, which will be held during Prostate Cancer Awareness Month at Sewailo Golf Club.

UA Research Shows Drug Can Extend Survival Rates for Heart Failure Patients Blood pressure medication can prevent fluid retention and muscle wasting in heart failure.

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Sarver Heart Center Welcomes Two New Cardiologists

Two new cardiologists have joined the faculty at the University of Arizona Division of Cardiology, one of 14 divisions within the UA Department of Medicine, the largest department at the UA College of Medicine – Tucson—Drs. Amitoj Singh and Aaron Wolfson. Learn more about them here…


University of Arizona Health Sciences’ Monica Kraft and Marti Lindsey honored with AZBio Awards

Monica Kraft, MD, named 2019 Arizona Bioscience Researcher of the Year; Marti Lindsey, PhD, named 2019 Michael A. Cusanovich Arizona Bioscience Educator of the Year.


Site Picked for New Andrew Weil Center for Integrative Medicine

The site has been determined for soon-to-begin construction of the new University of Arizona Andrew Weil Center for Integrative Medicine. It will be northeast of the Highland Parking Garage at East Mabel Street and North Vine Avenue, according to documents released ahead of the Arizona Board of Regents meeting Sept. 19 and 20. See an architectural rendering of what it will look like. You also can weigh in on topics you’d like to hear in a new center podcast, “Body of Wonder,” coming in 2020…


New Study has Potential to Improve Lives of ALS Patients

UA Health Sciences Center for Innovation in Brain Science researchers receive grant from the Department of Defense to test novel therapeutic.


UA Health Sciences Centers Collaborate to Present Discovering New Medicines at Arizona Summit The Arizona Center for Drug Discovery and the University of Arizona Cancer Center to host Oct. 2 summit in Phoenix to discuss new innovations in drug discovery that will benefit citizens throughout the state and beyond.

University of Arizona Health Sciences Awarded $3.6 Million to Develop New, Accurate Method to Detect, Diagnose Breast Cancer Two highly accomplished researchers in the University of Arizona Department of Medical Imaging, with a long track record of advancing imaging techniques to detect and diagnose breast cancer, receive a new award to develop advanced imaging technology.

UA Health Sciences Researchers Seek to Treat Pain Caused by Chemotherapy Without Opioids UA Health Sciences Start-up company Regulonix Receives Grant as Part of NIH “Helping to End Addiction Long-Term Initiative” (NIH Heal Initiative).

‘High Tech Health’ Subject of UA Arthritis Center Lecture, Oct. 2

Free and open to the public, world-renowned physician-scientist Dr. Marvin Slepian to present October lecture.


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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!...


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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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