News Archive: 2019

College Seeks Nominations, Applications for 40th Faculty Teaching Awards, AMES Travel Grants
December 12, 2019

In case you didn’t notice, the 40th Annual University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson Faculty Teaching Awards and the Vernon and Virginia Furrow Awards ceremony was not held in November per usual. Instead, it’s been moved to Feb. 28, with nominations due by Wednesday, Jan. 8. For faculty, staff and trainees presenting research at conferences (January-June 2020), submit your application for travel awards up to $750 — also due by Jan. 8. See photos/video from last year's event…


Dr. Slepian among Regents Professors, Distinguished Faculty to be Celebrated Jan. 13
December 12, 2019

Cardiologist Dr. Marvin Slepian was among five University of Arizona faculty members confirmed as Regents Professors — the highest academic recognition awarded to faculty members with distinguished accomplishments — in April. The Jan. 13 ceremony at the Fred Fox School of Music’s Crowder Hall will honor them and other faculty for contributions in the areas of teaching scholarship, research, creative work and community outreach…


UArizona Health Sciences Researcher Seeks New Way to Understand Human Aging
December 9, 2019
Dr. Janko Nikolich-Zugich has received a prestigious $4.5 million MERIT Award from the National Institutes of Health to pursue a new, more promising way to study human aging.

In Vivo Microscopic Analysis via CLE EUS for Pancreatic Cancer Screening
December 5, 2019

Dr. Hemanth Gavini’s primary research emphasis is on clinical studies related to advanced endoscopy. In particular, he’s focused on in vivo cellular level imaging of pancreatic cyst epithelium to better differentiate precancerous cysts from benign cysts in real time using confocal laser endoscopy and endoscopic ultrasound (CLE EUS) techniques. His work is associated with a multicenter international trial known as the Cancer of the Pancreas Screening Study (CAPS), coordinated through Johns Hopkins University…


Helicobacter, Hedgehog Signaling & Gastric Cancer
December 5, 2019

An elected member of the National Academy of Medicine and a member of the NIH Council of Councils as well as the NIDDK Board of Scientific Counselors, Dr. Juanita Merchant is a world-renowned molecular gastroenterologist whose contributions to the understanding of chronic inflammation and its association with gastric cancer have dramatically changed how we look at these issues.


Benefits of Active Learning Are All About Activity
December 2, 2019
Active learning sessions result in a reset of student attention has been tested by researchers at the University of Arizona.

Coming in 2020: Health Screenings to Better Serve UArizona Faculty, Staff
November 26, 2019

Exciting change to university employee health screenings will be here soon, announced the University of Arizona HR Alliance on behalf of UArizona Life & Work Connections. Launching in 2020, this free mini-health screening program will better serve employees, offering multiple sites across main campus for full benefits-eligible employees. They replace the current Department Health Screenings and Individual Health Screenings. See the schedule and find out more…


UArizona Cancer Center Receives $6.85M Grant to Continue Native American Cancer Research, Training, Outreach Program
November 26, 2019
Since 2002, the University of Arizona Cancer Center and Northern Arizona University have received funding from the National Cancer Institute to form the Partnership for Native American Cancer Prevention, addressing the cancer burden on Native Americans.

UArizona Ranks in Top 20 in Research Funding
November 25, 2019

The University of Arizona, No. 1 in astronomy and astrophysics expenditures, ranks in the top 4% of all U.S. universities in research and development expenditures, according to data from the National Science Foundation’s Higher Education Research and Development survey, which ranks more than 900 colleges and universities. UArizona Health Science ranked 48th in research funding with a 21.5% increase in federal dollars over the prior year...


Relative Humidity in the Workplace Can Impact Employee Health
November 25, 2019
A new study suggests that relative humidity levels in the office can impact stress and potentially sleep quality, and cost employers in terms of productivity and sick leave.

University of Arizona Startup, ElectroSonix Sees Future for Heart Imaging Technology
November 22, 2019

ElectroSonix has licensed the University of Arizona patents for acoustoelectric imaging, a technology that has the potential to improve the accuracy of cardiac ablation procedures in treating cardiac arrhythmias—with other applications in neuroimaging of the brain as well. The firm’s chief science officer is UArizona Sarver Heart Center member and College of Medicine – Tucson medical imaging professor Dr. Russell Witte…


UArizona Colleges of Medicine to Provide Free Tuition for Primary Care Medical Students
November 22, 2019
The University of Arizona Colleges of Medicine in Tucson and Phoenix will cover tuition for medical students who commit to practice primary care or another designated critical-access specialty in rural or urban underserved communities in Arizona.

UArizona Health Sciences Leads Prevention of Chronic Disease in Arizona Border Region
November 21, 2019
The Arizona Prevention Research Center at the University of Arizona Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health will continue its mission to prevent chronic disease among underserved populations in the Arizona border region thanks to a $7.5 million grant from the CDC.

Camp Wellness and Workforce Development Program Expand Services
November 12, 2019
Thanks to a new contract with Banner – University Family Care/AHCCCS Complete Care, the UA Department of Family and Community Medicine’s Camp Wellness and Workforce Development Program are able to reach more individuals with mental-health conditions and substance-use disorders.

Dr. Galgiani to Compete in ‘Lightning Round’ at Reimagine Health Research Symposium
November 7, 2019

Of 30 poster abstracts accepted for the 2nd annual “Reimagine Health: Is My Fate in My Genes?” research symposium sponsored Nov. 20 by the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix, Arizona Biomedical Research Centre and Flinn Foundation, only one will be presented in the event’s “lightning round”—that of Dr. John N. Galgiani, Valley Fever Center of Excellence director. In all, eight posters from Tucson investigators will be on display. See the keynote speaker, agenda and, separately, other news for Valley Fever Awareness Week, Nov. 9-17...


Dr. Louise Hecker Named Academic Innovator of the Year at Governor’s Innovation Awards
November 1, 2019

At the Governor's Celebration of Innovation Awards, Oct. 24, entrepreneurial researchers and friends of the University of Arizona received several awards. Pulmonary researcher Dr. Louise Hecker took the top award in academia for her work on Nox4 small molecule inhibitors to treat fibrotic diseases like idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis. Learn more about the event and other honorees...


Integrative Medicine All the Rage in University of Arizona Alumni Magazine's Fall Issue
October 31, 2019

Two feature articles in the current issue of the University of Arizona alumni magazine, Arizona, focus on integrative medicine at the university, highlighting the work of Drs. Andrew Weil, Victoria Maizes and Esther Sternberg, and celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Andrew Weil Center for Integrative Medicine. Another focuses on the good feelings generated by murals, including the flying whales at Grant and Campbell, painted by 2005 alumnus Joe Pagac…


Banner – UMC Tucson, South CEO Receives Women Achievers in Arizona Award
October 31, 2019

Sarah Frost, chief executive officer of Banner – University Medical Center Tucson and South hospitals, was recognized Oct. 29, as one of five female health care leaders and 35 women overall honored with Women Achievers in Arizona awards by the Arizona Capitol Times. The awards’ inaugural ceremony was at the Phoenix Museum of Art…


Community to Get Glimpse into Future of Health Care in New UArizona Health Sciences Innovation Building, Nov. 4–5
October 31, 2019
The new Health Sciences Innovation Building will provide opportunities for community engagement and a learning environment for Health Sciences students to reshape the future of health care.

UA Arthritis News: Study Weighs IL Inhibitor Risks, ‘Conquering Arthritis’– Nov. 6, and Journal Adds Dr. Kwoh to Board
October 29, 2019

Among recent items of interest to arthritis readers, University of Arizona Rheumatology Fellow Dr. Jawad Bilal is lead author on a paper in JAMA Network Open on Interleukin inhibitor risks of infection and cancer in rheumatologic diseases patients published Oct. 18. The UA Arthritis Center’s ‘Meet Our Researchers’ annual event is Nov. 6 in the HSIB Forum—register today. And Rheumatology Chief and Arthritis Center Director Dr. Kent Kwoh has joined the Annals of Internal Medicine editorial board…


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