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UA Cancer Center Issues Request for Proposals for Clinical Research Oversight Council Funding
December 11, 2018

The Clinical Research Oversight Council has oversight of clinical research activities at the University of Arizona Cancer Center. Investigator-initiated trial (IIT) concepts that request UACC funding support must be presented to the CROC for determination of funding. The deadline for new proposals is Jan. 10, 2019, with review to begin Jan. 18…


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College of Medicine to Require Encryption for University-owned Laptops, Service Starts Dec. 11
December 10, 2018

To preserve the confidentiality and integrity of university data and follow the University of Arizona’s security standards, the UA College of Medicine – Tucson is requiring the encryption of all university-owned laptops. Service for this 30-minute process begins Dec. 11 with ITS Helpdesk available 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. Bring in your laptop at your convenience during those times…


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Banner – UMC Tucson Included in Expansion of Early Access Program for Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis Genomic Classifier
December 7, 2018

Banner – University Medical Center Tucson is among 20 U.S. medical centers now offering a new test from Veracyte Inc. to improve diagnosis of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis via RNA sequencing of a transbronchial lung biopsy to determine if a genomic pattern is present that indicates the respiratory disease…


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KOLD 13/FOX11 with Dr. Sasha Taleban: ‘Ins and Outs of Stomach Ailments Can Be Controlled for More Holiday Cheer’
December 6, 2018

A broadcast aired earlier this week of Dr. Sasha Taleban, director of the Inflammatory Bowel Disease Program at the UA Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, talking with KOLD News 13/FOX11’s Craig Thomas on the ins and outs of stomach disorders during the holidays. The interview, which highlights Crohn’s & Colitis Awareness Week, Dec. 1-7, was recorded at Banner – University Medicine North...


Dr. Victoria Murrain Named Permanent Deputy Dean for Diversity and Inclusion
December 5, 2018

Victoria Murrain, DO, has been promoted from interim to permanent deputy dean for diversity and inclusion at the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson.


New Director of Scientific Programs Named for All of Us Research Program at UA-Banner
December 5, 2018

Pharmacogenetics expert, Jason Hansen Karnes, PharmD, PhD, BCPS, FAHA, has been named director of scientific programs for the All of Us Research Program team at the University of Arizona and Banner Health.


First-Ever Clinical Trial to Treat Liver Cancer Through Immunotherapy is Accepting Patients
December 5, 2018
UA Cancer Center opens clinical trial in Greater Phoenix for novel liver cancer treatment.

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Global Respiratory Alliance Names UA Interstitial Lung Disease Program among Designated 'WASOG Sarcoidosis Clinics’
November 30, 2018

The University of Arizona Interstitial Lung Disease Program at Banner – UMC Tucson and South clinical facilities is now a WASOG Sarcoidosis Clinic with its recent recognition by the World Association of Sarcoidosis and Other Granulomatous Disorders. Such disorders are characterized by progressive scarring from inflammatory cell clumps, largely in the lungs, but not limited to that organ. Drs.


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Pulmonary Chief Dr. Parthasarathy to Help NIH Prioritize Research on Science of Sleep
November 30, 2018

Interim Chief of the University of Arizona Division of Pulmonary, Allergy, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine Dr. Sairam Parthasarathy has been hired by the National Institutes of Health  as an expert advisor to help coalesce a collaborative effort on a five-year, strategic plan to lay out research goals for sleep medicine and circadian science...


UA Scientist Identifies Cellular Gene Signatures for Heart Muscle Regeneration
November 30, 2018

A research team led by Jared Churko, PhD, director of the University of Arizona iPSC Core in the UA Sarver Heart Center, used a transcriptomic approach – studying what genes are expressed – to identify gene signatures of cell subpopulations identified as atrial-like or ventricular-like. This understanding could lead to regenerative therapy discoveries for the millions of people living with damaged heart muscle caused by heart attacks or other chronic heart conditions.


UA Team Uncovers Promising Lead in Genetic Approach to Treating Glioblastoma
November 29, 2018
University of Arizona scientists hope they have made progress toward a next-generation drug that may slow tumor growth and boost radiation’s effectiveness in patients with the deadly brain cancer.

UA Researchers Help Discover Genetic Factor That Can Help or Hurt Risk for Heart Disease
November 27, 2018
Individuals with a particular genetic factor may be more resistant to plaque build-up and have a reduced risk for coronary artery disease.

UA Researchers Study How to Regrow Long Bone Segments Using 3D Printing
November 26, 2018
A $2 million grant from the U.S. Department of Defense will support research on 3D-printed scaffolds that support the repair of devastating bone injuries.

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Dr. Deb Meyers Named to Collegium Internationale Allergologicum Council
November 21, 2018

Dr. Deborah A. Meyers, a University of Arizona professor of medicine, co-chief of the UA Division of Genetics, Genomics and Precision Medicine, and co-director of the Division of Pharmacogenomics at the UA Health Sciences Center for Applied Genetics and Genomic Medicine was chosen to be a council member for the Collegium Internationale Allergologicum…


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Two UA College of Medicine Departments Team with Banner Health for Kidney Stone CME Event
November 20, 2018

The Division of Nephrology in the University of Arizona Department of Medicine and Division of Urology in the Department of Surgery have teamed up to host a 2.0 CME Dinner Lecture on “A Multidisciplinary Approach to Managing Kidney Stones” on Friday, Dec. 14, 5:30-8 p.m., at the Westward Look Wyndham Grand Resort & Spa in Tucson. NYU Langone Health’s Dr. David Goldfarb is the keynote speaker…


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UAHS Extends Deadline for CHiiLi/Aging and Resilience Career Development Awards, Pilot Funding Applications to Dec. 10
November 19, 2018

Applicants for a University of Arizona Health Sciences and UA College of Medicine – Tucson internal pilot competitive submission of projects in aging research with two levels of funding ($75,000 and $35,000) now have til 5 p.m., Dec. 10, to enter applications. This research activity is the core of the CHiiLi (Consortium to Hasten recovery from Injury and Infection in older adults Leading to Independence) Program with CHiiLi Scholars also participating in the Aging and Resilience Seminar Series…


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Valley Fever Awareness Week, More Like a Month in 2018, Promoted by UA Center
November 16, 2018

The University of Arizona Valley Fever Center for Excellence, usually busy for Valley Fever Awareness Week (Nov. 10-18), is busier than ever with the upcoming Farness Lecture on Nov. 28 with Dr. David Archer, principal investigator on several DARPA, IARPA and DHS research programs, as well as a deadline extension for an ADHS statewide youth poster art contest to Dec. 14. The center caps the week with unveiling of a “Banner Valley Fever Clinical Practice Toolbox” on its website and multiple TV and newspaper interviews...


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Dr. Monica Vandivort Presented with AAHCM’s House Call Physician of the Year Award
November 16, 2018

Geriatrician Dr. Monica R. Vandivort, an associate professor in the UA Division of Geriatrics, General Internal Medicine and Palliative Medicine and medical director for Home Care at Banner – University Medical Group Tucson, was presented with the 2018 House Call Physician of the Year Award by the American Academy of Home Care Medicine (AAHCM) on Friday, Oct. 26, at the AAHCM Annual Meeting in Rosemount, Ill., near Chicago...


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UA Cancer Center Seeks Nominees for Third Annual Hero Awards
November 15, 2018

The University of Arizona Cancer Center has issued a call for nominations for the its 2018 Hero Awards to help it recognize exemplary faculty and staff. Four people will receive awards this year, highlighting both faculty and staff in Tucson and Phoenix. Each will receive a $100 gift card, an appreciation award and their name on a plaque to be displayed at the center. Nominations are due by Nov. 30…


When Melanoma Spreads to the Brain, Patients with BRAF or MEK Mutations Can Find Novel Treatment at UA Cancer Center
November 15, 2018
Its ample sun puts residents at risk for melanoma, but Arizona is also home to experimental treatments through early-phase clinical trials at the University of Arizona Cancer Center.

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