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Support Your Local Internal Medicine Doctors
January 11, 2019

An updated contact guide for administrative staff and program coordinators within the Department of Medicine at the University of Arizona and Banner – University Medical Center Tucson and South is now available. Among new support staff are Taylor Valenzuela and Renae Juska, Division of Cardiology; Brandi Stuckrath, Geriatrics/UA Center on Aging; Daniel Veres, Division of Nephrology; and Rachel Lyman in the Division of Infectious Diseases...


ASN Kidney News Podcast Features UA Nephrology Division Chief on Renal Care
January 10, 2019

University of Arizona Nephrology Chief Dr. Prabir Roy-Chaudhury is interviewed in the latest Kidney News podcast from the American Society of Nephrology. As past co-chair of the Kidney Health Initiative — serving from 2012-18, he comments on recent changes in care for chronic kidney disease and hemodialysis along with current KHI co-chair from the ASN Dr. Raymond Harris, of Vanderbilt University…


Why Internal Medicine? Ask Dr. Indu Partha. SheMD for ‘Women in Medicine’ Did.
January 9, 2019

Dr. Indu Partha, an assistant professor in the Division of Geriatrics, General Internal and Palliative Medicine at the University of Arizona College of medicine – Tucson and Banner – University Medicine, was the featured author in a blog, “Why (Inpatient) Internal Medicine? – PCP on the Wards” that posted Jan. 6 at sheMD.org — a virtual community and digital journal club for “Women in Medicine”…


Spring Colloquium on Complex Diseases Speaker Lineup for 2019 Announced
January 8, 2019

The lineup is set for the Weekly Colloquium on Problems in the Biology of Complex Diseases, running Jan. 11-April 26 and again featuring several speakers/topics of interest to University of Arizona Department of Medicine physicians and investigators. These include asthma, cancer, cardiovascular and metabolic disorders, and neuro-degenerative/developmental diseases. Outside speakers come from the University of Chicago, UCLA, UCSF and NAU. DOM faculty, Drs. Xingnan Li, Deb Meyers, and Gene Bleecker, will talk on genetics, genomics and precision medicine…


UA Researchers Lead Study to Encourage Children With Asthma to Use their Inhalers
January 8, 2019
UA researchers are studying if the combination of dispensing asthma inhalers (corticosteroids) in the emergency department and supervising their use in elementary schools will increase the medication’s use among children with asthma and decrease emergency department visits.

‘More to the Snore’ — Tucson Lifestyle’s Interview with Dr. Sai Parthasarathy (and Other DOM News Coverage)
January 4, 2019

An “In Health” article in the magazine’s January 2019 issue focuses on sleep apnea, assessing local physicians’ perspectives on treatment options—including the UA interim pulmonary chief and sleep medicine expert. Also see how other recent magazine articles have featured UA Department of Medicine faculty physicians, including Drs. Peter Ott, Vivian Shi and Esther Sternberg…


UA Sarver Heart Center Presents: ‘Sleep to Your Heart’s Content,’ Jan. 17, in Green Valley
January 4, 2019
The 2019 free Green Valley Lecture Series begins with a focus on sleep and how it affects heart health.

Office Health Ranks No. 3 on UA’s Top Science Stories of 2018
January 3, 2019

Does an asteroid hold clues to the origins of the solar system? How does office layout impact a person's health? Can music strengthen familial bonds? UA researchers explored these questions and much more in 2018. The UA Communications team assesses the 10 most impactful stories of the year…


Op-ed by Center on Aging Research and Education Director a Holiday Paean to Elderly Contributions
January 3, 2019

The University of Arizona Center on Aging’s Dr. Linda Phillip authored an op-ed in the Arizona Daily Star just before Christmas that uses Santa Claus as an analogy to underscore the fact that “Older people make extraordinary contributions” to society as caregivers and more…


UA Researchers Developing 15-Minute MRI
January 3, 2019
UA engineers are using a $2.1 million grant to improve scanning technologies for challenging patient populations.

AzAHEC Seeks Applicants for 2019 Research and Project Small Grant Program by Jan. 15
January 2, 2019

Applications are being sought by the Arizona Area Health Education Center at the University of Arizona for up to 10 projects for funding in amounts up to $5,000. The deadline for submissions is Jan. 15. The funding period is for up to one year starting March 1, 2019…


Summer Research Program for Cancer Prevention and Control Accepting Applications until Feb. 1
January 2, 2019

The University of Arizona STEP-UP Summer Research Program is looking for outstanding upperclass undergraduate and masters’ degree level students from diverse backgrounds to participate in a paid, 12-week transformative research experience in cancer prevention and control science. Applications are open now. Deadline: Feb. 1…


UA Hockey Team to Host Fifth Annual ‘Pink the Rink’ Jan. 19
January 2, 2019

The University of Arizona Cancer Center will benefit from proceeds raised as the Wildcats sport pink jerseys during the cancer-awareness game versus the University of Central Oklahoma. The game will take place at the Tucson Arena in the Tucson Convention Center, 160 S. Church Ave. Tickets range from $10-14. For the team’s “Ladies Night,” also Jan. 19, all women wearing pink attire to the game will receive free cotton candy...


DOM Faculty, Staff Gather to Celebrate Holiday Season, Year-End 2018
December 21, 2018

It’s the end of another fruitful calendar year and University of Arizona Department of Medicine faculty and staff came together for several holiday season gatherings. You may have seen social media posts for various divisional, center and business unit parties. Here are a few photos and galleries from the UA Department of Medicine…


Bressler-Alpert Society Travel Award Allows Fellow to Present on Kissing Bugs, Chagas Disease
December 21, 2018

Dr. Norm Beatty, University of Arizona infectious diseases fellow and the most recent recipient of a Bressler-Alpert Society Travel Award, gave two presentations at IDSA and ASTMH conferences this fall in coordination with his research mentor from the Division of Infectious Diseases, Dr. Steve Klotz, that focus on kissing bugs and Chagas disease. Donate to the society before the end of the year to support DOM fellow and resident trainee conference attendance and get a tax break, too…


Advances in Aging Spring Lectures Kickoff Jan. 14 with Dr. Lisa O’Neill on ‘Hoarding Disorder’
December 20, 2018

The UA Center on Aging’s Dr. Lisa O’Neill will launch the spring lineup for the Advances in Aging Lecture Series, Monday, Jan. 14, 12-1 p.m., with a talk on “A Community Response to Hoarding Disorder.” The lectures occur at noon on the second Tuesday of the month, usually in Kiewit Auditorium. Dr. O’Neill’s will be in UACC Conference Room 2920. Other presenters this spring include the UA’s Drs. Roberta Diaz Brinton, Shu-Fen Wung, Mohab Ibrahim and Amy Klein…


UA Scientists Discover Diabetes Drug Could be Used to Treat Common Heart Failure Syndrome
December 20, 2018
A cardiovascular research team at the University of Arizona Sarver Heart Center investigated in a lab model whether metformin, a common diabetes drug, could be an effective treatment for heart failure with preserved ejection fraction (HFpEF). The researchers found that the drug reduced left ventricular stiffness, thereby improving capacity for exercise. Metformin relaxes the left ventricle by making a heart muscle protein called titin more compliant.

Voting for 2019-20 ‘Best Doctors’ Poll Ends on Christmas Eve – Get Your Picks in Now!
December 19, 2018

A final reminder was sent Dec. 18 via email to current physicians voted as Best Doctors in America© with instructions for them to access their online ballots at their convenience. Get your vote in before 5 a.m. EST (3 a.m. AZ), Monday, Dec. 24. More than 140 Banner – University Medical Group physicians made the “Best Doctors” list last year, about 40 with the University of Arizona Department of Medicine in Tucson and its 12 clinical subspecialties in internal medicine…


Register Now for UA College of Medicine – Tucson Research Retreat, Feb. 13
December 19, 2018

The University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson will host a day-long event in the new Health Sciences Innovation Building (HSIB) for basic scientists and clinicians. The intent of the event is to spur interdisciplinary collaboration between departments, divisions, centers and institutes. Register now to attend and participate in data blitzes, a shark tank-style competition and more…


UA Gastroenterology Chief Dr. Juanita Merchant Elected to National Academy of Medicine Governing Council
December 18, 2018

Dr. Juanita L. Merchant, a University of Arizona professor of medicine and chief of the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology since July, has been chosen by her colleagues at the National Academy of Medicine, for which she was elected in 2008, for a three-year term on the governing NAM Council. Separately, she’ll serve as chair of the Board of Scientific Counselors for the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, a unit of the NIH, starting in June.


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