Medicine Grand Rounds with UArizona Valley Fever Center's Dr. John Galgiani

Wed, 04/24/2024 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

The Department of Medicine at the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson presents:

Topic: “Valley fever: What can we do about it? Diagnosis, new treatments, and vaccines”
[John N. Galgiani, MD]John N. Galgiani, MD

Noon-1 p.m., Lecture Hall, Room 5403
College of Medicine – Tucson
(See flyer below for ALL virtual viewing links.)

— A light lunch will be provided. —


Dr. John Galgiani received his medical degree from Northwestern University in 1972. He completed medical residencies at Virginia Mason Medical Center (Seattle), Santa Clara Valley Medical Center (San Jose, California) and Pacific Medical Center (San Francisco). He was a fellow in infectious diseases at Stanford University. In 1978, he moved to Tucson, joining the faculty of the University of Arizona College of Medicine where he is currently a tenured professor.

Dr. Galgiani has focused his career on Arizona’s special problem of coccidioidomycosis, also known as Valley fever. His work has included estimating the impact of Valley fever on the general population and on special groups such as organ transplant recipients and patients with AIDS. For 19 years, as part of the NIH-sponsored Mycoses Study Group, Dr. Galgiani was the project director of a coccidioidomycosis clinical trials group. Through collaboration, this group has evaluated new therapies for Valley fever more rapidly and with greater clarity than might otherwise have been possible by investigators working in isolation. For the past four decades, Dr. Galgiani has been involved with efforts to prevent Valley fever through development of a vaccine. He was a principal investigator in the Valley Fever Vaccine Project, a consortium involving five universities to produce a vaccine candidate based upon recombinant antigens. More recently, he is leading a University of Arizona group to develop a UArizona-invented live, avirulent vaccine for dogs and humans. Since 2005, Dr. Galgiani has developed a working group at UArizona to develop a new antifungal drug, nikkomycin Z, as a cure for Valley fever. As a result of these efforts, clinical trials with nikkomycin Z were resumed in 2007.

In 1996, the Arizona Board of Regents accepted Dr. Galgiani’s proposal to establish the Valley Fever Center for Excellence. Based at the University of Arizona, the Center’s mission is to disseminate information about Valley fever, help patients with the severest complications of this disease, and to encourage research into the biology and diseases of its etiologic agent. Since UArizona is the only research university with two medical schools situated directly within the endemic region for Valley fever, it is quite appropriate that this university provide leadership to solve this problem. As director of the center, Dr. Galgiani is working for its full implementation as a means of ensuring an institutional commitment to accomplish this goal.


■ Flyer for this event:  dom_grand_rounds_flyer_2024-04-24_v2.pdf

Department of Medicine Grand Rounds

Medicine Grand Rounds are held in Room 5403, on the fifth floor of the College of Medicine – Tucson. To view Medicine Grand Rounds remotely, see this live weblink: To view it after the fact, click on "Archive" at the top of this same link's webpage and, from the dropdown menu under "Category," select "Medicine Grand Rounds" and click "Search" to find the event you're seeking.

Accreditation Statement: The University of Arizona College of Medicine - Tucson is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The University of Arizona College of Medicine - Tucson designates this live activity for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Disclosure Statement: All Faculty, CME Planning Committee Members, and the CME Office Reviewers have disclosed that they have no financial relationships with ineligible companies that would constitute a conflict of interest concerning this CME activity.

Learning Objectives:

  • Diagnose a variety of internal medicine illnesses
  • Understand more clearly advances in therapy
  • Become truly professional physicians

For questions or accommodations that may be necessary, please contact the Office of the Chair, 520-626-6349 at least three days in advance of event. 

Event Location: 

UArizona College of Medicine – Tucson
Lecture Hall, Room 5403

1501 N. Campbell Ave.
Tucson, AZ 85721


Virtual link*:

*Also archived here for viewing at a later date.

Event Coordinator Name: 
Lisa Torres-Jones
Event Contact Department: 
Department of Medicine, Office of the Chair