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Designed to Increase Diversity in Health Care, UA Health Sciences’ Summer Programs Commence June 5
June 2, 2017
A campuswide commitment for diversity and inclusion and to improve the health of underserved populations is the focus of four flagship health professions pipeline summer programs at the UA Health Sciences.

Department of Medicine Chair Named Fellow of the European Respiratory Society
June 1, 2017

University of Arizona Department of Medicine Chair Dr. Monica Kraft has been elected as a Fellow of the European Respiratory Society (FERS). She is one of 17 people and two Americans to receive the honor this year. She has been named previously as a fellow of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, American College of Physicians and American College of Chest Physicians…


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You Ought to Be in Pictures – UA-Banner PMI/All of Us Research Program Seeks Faces of Diversity, Volunteers as Early Enrollees
June 1, 2017

The UA-Banner All of Us℠/Precision Medicine Initiative team is looking for people to volunteer to have their photo taken to advertise the diversity of our unique Southwest population AND volunteers – or friendlies – to enroll during this “soft launch” before the national research program goes into full swing later this summer. Good news, you don’t have to be a Banner-bonded patient! Ask your family, friends and colleagues to join. Also see the latest All of Us℠ newsletter for June, out now…


Last Better Than Ever Research Grant Goes to Drs. Chalasani, Gimber for Breast Cancer Imaging
June 1, 2017

The UA Division of Hematology and Oncology’s Dr. Pavani Chalasani and Dr. Lana Gimber, of the UA Department of Medical Imaging, are winners of the 2017-18 Better Than Ever Research Grant for $30,000 from the University of Arizona Cancer Center. Their study focuses on chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy in breast cancer patients. It’s the final project funded through the BTE program, which began in 2000 and has distributed nearly $2 million in the past two decades…


UA Researchers to Evaluate New Therapeutic Platform in Targeted Treatment of Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis
May 31, 2017

Drs. Louise Hecker and Heidi Mansour won a $415,491 National Institute on Aging grant to see whether the active ingredient in an FDA-approved oral drug that inhibits relapse and progression in multiple sclerosis might be effective in treatment of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF), an advanced lung disease that affects the elderly. The two UA researchers will examine efficacy and safety of oral versus inhaled administration of new antioxidant formulations of the drug designed specifically for IPF. Their findings could lead to clinical trials…


Dr. Shi Wins $20,000 Dermatology Foundation Grant to Study Causes of Eczema
May 31, 2017

UA dermatologist Dr. Vivian Shi won the Dermatology Foundation’s 2017 Patient Directed Investigation Grant for $20,000 to study mechanisms involved in regulating anti-oxidative enzymes, skin barrier proteins and inflammatory molecules in patients with atopic dermatitis—or eczema…


DOM Research Seminar Looks at Heart Failure Electrophysiology, Precision Cancer Therapy – June 8
May 25, 2017

The final DOM Research Seminar of the 2016-17 academic year will be Thursday, June 8, Room 5403, noon-1 p.m., with speakers Drs. Elizabeth Juneman, UA Division of Cardiology, and Andrew Kraft, Division of Hematology and Oncology. Dr. Juneman will speak on “Electrophysiology in Heart Failure: Pre-Clinical Assessment of Sudden Cardiac Arrest.” Dr. Kraft, director, UA Cancer Center, will talk about, “Targeted Therapy of Cancer – Have We Succeeded?”…


DOM Chair’s Senate Testimony at Odds with ADEQ Chief on Relaxing Air Quality Standards
May 25, 2017

Testimony to a U.S. Senate subcommittee by Department of Medicine Chair Monica Kraft, MD, on legislation that would relax air quality standards stirred up a bit of controversy as reported in an article from Cronkite News, the news division of Arizona PBS in Phoenix. Citing their potential health impact related to asthma, Dr. Kraft spoke against two Senate bills (S. 263 and S. 452) that co-panelist Arizona Department of Environmental Quality Director Misael Cabrera supported…


Banner Health Bestows ‘Best of the Best’ Awards to Banner – UMC South, Alvernon Clinic
May 25, 2017
Banner – University Medical Center South, 2800 E. Ajo Way, was recognized for its top performance among Banner Health hospitals with a 2017 Best of the Best Award at Banner Health’s annual conference for its leaders May 18 in Phoenix.

1in9 Kidney Challenge Founders Visit UA Nephrology Faculty, Researchers
May 24, 2017

A Phoenix couple touring the country on behalf of sufferers of chronic kidney disease (CKD), Raymond and Analyn Scott, made a stop in Tucson earlier this month to meet with faculty and investigators within the UA Division of Nephrology and the Arizona Kidney and Vascular Research Center. Their organization, 1in9 Kidney Challenge, underscores the fact one in nine U.S. adults suffers from kidney disease. They offered a patient perspective on living with CKD and heard about the latest related UA research…


Drs. Bilal, Adams and Low Picked for Top AHD Research Day Posters, Clinical Vignettes
May 24, 2017

Winners of the Academic Half Day (AHD) Research Day poster competition for the University of Arizona Internal Medicine Residency Program – Tucson Campus were Drs. Jawad Bilal, Matthew Adams and See Wei Low. The three also had their work chosen for oral presentations as Clinical Vignettes during the Medicine Grand Rounds on May 17…


Postcard from UA Department of Medicine at ATS 2017
DOM Faculty, Fellows, Residents and Students Share Pulmonary Postcards from ATS 2017
May 24, 2017

The UA Department of Medicine and UA Health Sciences contingent at the ATS 2017 International Conference has been sharing a few photo postcards of their activities at the annual conference of the American Thoracic Society in Washington, DC, this week—May 19-24. Click through to see what they’re up to…


Big Hunt for Small Molecule to Treat Neurodegenerative Diseases
May 24, 2017
Two UA researchers say that finding the ideal molecule could open the door to therapeutic drugs to treat diseases such as ALS.

Building Infrastructure and Good Health, UA Health Professions Students Will Offer Health Screenings for Construction Workers on May 26
May 24, 2017
Health professions students will offer glucose screenings, blood-pressure monitoring and information on sun safety, hydration, nutrition and smoking cessation for the construction team working on the Health Sciences Innovation Building, in a show of appreciation.

Transplant, Vascular, Endocrine Surgeons Join Tucson Faculty
May 23, 2017
The University of Arizona Department of Surgery and Banner – University Medical Center recently welcomed several new surgeons to Tucson. All are members of Banner – University Medical Group, the practice plan composed of faculty physicians of the UA College of Medicine – Tucson.

Arizona Telemedicine Program Honored With AZ Business Magazine’s Healthcare Leadership Award
May 23, 2017
Founded in 1996, the ATP was recognized as ‘a true pioneer in bringing telemedicine into the mainstream.’

Imaging Study of Lipoproteins in Cardiovascular Disease Wins S. Campus Resident $1,000 Prize at Arizona ACC Annual Meeting
May 22, 2017

Dr. Balaji Natarajan, a member of the University of Arizona Internal Medicine Residency Program – South Campus, won a research poster competition May 20 at the 2017 Arizona Annual Meeting of the American College of Cardiology hosted at the Mayo Clinic – Scottsdale Campus’ Taylor Auditorium. His research looked at NMR spectroscopy imaging in psoriasis patients of lipoproteins associated with cholesterol buildup in arteries to better evaluate the risk of cardiovascular disease…


A Novel Way to Tackle Sun Damage: UA Nurse-Scientist to Teach Massage Therapists about Reducing Skin Cancer Risk
May 22, 2017
Arizona Biomedical Research Commission to fund University of Arizona College of Nursing professor’s innovative skin cancer prevention intervention.

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AzAHEC Grant to Improve Training, Education and Coordination among Cochise County Elderly Care Providers
May 21, 2017

UA geriatrician and UA Center on Aging member Dr. Monica Vandivort has won a $50,000 start-up grant from the Arizona Area Health Education Centers (AzAHEC) for a clinical research initiative entitled, “A Community Paramedicine-Primary Care Partnership in Rural Cochise County Pilot Project to Improve Health Outcomes of Seriously Ill Elders.” It involves a multidisciplinary, collaborative effort between multiple health care organizations in and around Sierra Vista, Ariz…


Liver Disease Foundation Awards Dr. Archita Desai $150K for Predictive Care Needs Research
May 20, 2017

Dr. Archita Desai, a UA assistant professor in the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology and research associate with the UA Liver Research Institute, won a two-year, $150,000 grant from the American Association for the Study of Liver Disease Foundation to fund her project, “The Intersection of Precision Medicine and Population Health to Improve Health Equity in Liver Disease”...


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