News Archive: 2018

New Website for UA Sleep Center a Great Place to Catch Some Zzzzs
December 4, 2018

The new website for the University of Arizona Health Sciences Center for Sleep & Circadian Sciences is a real snoozer. In this case, though, that’s a good thing. Ensuring patients sleep well, after all, is the focus of the center’s research. That research is led by Dr. Sairam Parthasarathy and includes an interdisciplinary team of investigators from across the UAHS campus and beyond…

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.

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.

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…

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…

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…

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...

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...

Keys Internships Lead to Scientific Publication for High School Students
November 15, 2018

Summer internships in the UA Health Sciences Center for Biomedical Informatics and Biostatistics laboratory of Dr. Yves Lussier at the BIO5 Institute led to realization of a prestigious scientific goal for three local students. The students participated in the KEYS Research Internship program this past summer working with both Drs. Lussier and Haiquan Li and helping to validate findings of a study that analyzed "junk DNA," the area of the DNA that does not code for proteins, and disease comorbidities…

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.

UA Collaboration Aims at Stopping Cancer with a Smartphone
November 14, 2018

Using an affordable, portable device that attaches to a smartphone, a University of Arizona researcher in the Department of Biomedical Engineering and College of Optical Sciences, Dr. Dongkyun “DK” Kang and his collaborators in Boston and Uganda hope to save lives in rural Africa. With these confocal microscope attachments on a smartphone, they’re able to diagnose skin cancers and cervical cancers…

New UA/Banner Health Valley Fever Clinical Guidelines to Help Avoid Delays in Diagnosis
November 14, 2018

Banner Health has launched new clinical practice protocols developed with input from the University of Arizona Valley Fever Center for Excellence to help physicians more quickly diagnose and treat patients with Valley fever infections.

UAHS Career Development Award Program Seeking Scholars; Apply by Dec. 10
November 13, 2018

The University of Arizona Health Sciences is seeking applicants for its UAHS Career Development Award (CDA) training program. The program, established by the UA Office of the Senior Vice President for Health Sciences in 2014, involves salary support up to $75,000 per year for two years, plus fringe benefits, that begins Jan. 1, 2019. The submission deadline is Monday, Dec. 10. Among prior winners are several DOM faculty, including Drs. Christian Bime, Pavani Chalasani, Jarrod Mosier and Olga Rafikova…

Tucson Internal Med Residents Take 1st, 2nd in 4 of 6 Contests at ACP Arizona Chapter Meeting
November 13, 2018

Physicians in training in the University of Arizona Internal Medicine Residency Program – South Campus took first or second place in four out of a possible six categories for academic contests at the 2018 Scientific Meeting of the American College of Physician’s Arizona Chapter. Congratulations to Drs. Alex Asadi, Nicholas Blackstone, Soraj Kumar, Sidra Raoof, Juan Siordia, Sarah Tariq and Wina Yousman…

UA Researchers Make Next Move in Fight Against Ovarian Cancer
November 13, 2018

With an $863,000 grant from the U.S. Army, Dr. Jennifer Barton, University of Arizona BIO5 Institute director and professor of biomedical engineering, biosystems engineering, electrical and computer engineering and optical sciences, continues her research on a disposable falloposcope to detect early-stage ovarian cancer. The device is an endoscope used to image fallopian tubes, where researchers now believe ovarian cancer originates…