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Alzheimer's Association Accelerates Research on Potential Sex Differences in Alzheimer's
September 2, 2016

A study led by Roberta Diaz Brinton, PhD, director of the Center for Brain Sciences at the University of Arizona Health Sciences, has been chosen among nine projects to receive funding as part of $2.2 million being distributed in the first-ever Alzheimer’s Association Sex and Gender in Alzheimer’s (SAGA) research grant awards to advance understanding of the disproportionate effect Alzheimer’s disease has on women…


Dermatology Welcomes Drs. Kurtzman and Shi
August 31, 2016

The UA Division of Dermatology welcomes two new assistant professors, Vivian Y. Shi, MD, and Drew Kurtzman, MD, who joined the faculty at the UA Department of Medicine and began practicing in Tucson in July…


‘SMART’ Use of Radiotherapy in Breast Cancer Focus of 2016-17 Better Than Ever Winning Grant
August 31, 2016

Setsuko K. Chambers, MD, and the Better Than Ever Scientific Review Committee announced that Victor J. Gonzalez, MD, an assistant professor of Radiation Oncology, won a $20,000 grant award from the UA Cancer Center’s Better Than Ever Program. His research team will use the money to investigate a new technique called Surface Mapped Radiotherapy, or SMART, for a patient-specific approach to breast cancer treatment…


‘Tame Your Pain...An Inside Look at Conventional and Alternative Therapies for Pain Management’ Subject of UA Arthritis Center Lecture - Rescheduled to March 1, 2017
August 31, 2016
PLEASE NOTE: Due to widespread storms in Southern Arizona resulting from Hurricane Newton, the following event was rescheduled to Wednesday, March 1, 2017—same time, same location. We apologize for any inconvenience.

‘Advances in Aging Lectures’ Return to Convenience of Central Tucson, Sept. 12
August 29, 2016

Come learn about how Tai Chi may reduce risk of falls among seniors and stroke victims, Mon., Sept. 12, at the newly relocated Advances in Aging Lecture Series, being held this fall in Kiewit Auditorium at the UA Cancer Center from noon to 1 p.m. They return to the UA Health Sciences campus after four years at the Banner – UMC South hospital’s Behavioral Health Pavilion…


New Chief of Hematology and Oncology at UA Health Sciences, a Noted Head and Neck Cancer Specialist, Looks Forward to ‘Homecoming’
August 29, 2016

A member of the National Cancer Institute Head and Neck Cancer Steering Committee and a former Tucsonan, Julie E. Bauman, MD, MPH, joins the UA College of Medicine – Tucson faculty as professor and chief of the Division of Hematology and Oncology in the Department of Medicine and the UA Cancer Center...


New National Guidelines for Valley Fever Treatment Led by UAHS Center Director
August 29, 2016

Dr. John Galgiani is among three University of Arizona physicians on an Infectious Diseases Society of America panel that authored updated treatment guidelines for the respiratory disease that’s endemic to the U.S. Southwest. The recommendations are for physicians who may not be aware of the disease as well as those whose patients may have contracted it while visiting the region.


Nine Faculty Physicians Receive Promotions in Department of Medicine
August 19, 2016

Congratulations to the nine faculty physicians within the UA Department of Medicine who recently received promotions, including four—Drs. Bhaskar Banerjee, Pradeep Kadambi, Kent Kwoh and Kwan Lee—who became full professors, two with tenure...


Dept. of Medicine to Launch ‘Research Seminar Series,’ Sept. 8
August 18, 2016

Beginning Sept. 8, DOM is sponsoring a new monthly Research Seminar Series to highlight the excellent academic accomplishments of the department. “We expect this to be an interactive forum,” said Vice Chair for Research Dr. Jil Tardiff. Each seminar will pair a junior and senior investigator and present faculty’s work in a way that’s accessible and of interest to a broad audience…


Pancreatic Cancer Poses Challenges to Precision Medicine, UA Researchers Report
August 17, 2016

Two UA Department of Medicine investigators and members of the UA Cancer Center, Drs. Erik Knudsen and  Agnieszka Witkiewicz have paper published in the journal Cell Reports that notes pancreatic cancer resists effective drug targets for other cancers based on conventional cell lines and discusses what researchers are doing instead — personalized medicine…


Banner Health Buys 32 ‘Urgent Care Extra’ Clinics in Tucson, Phoenix
August 17, 2016

Banner Health—the UA College of Medicine – Tucson and Phoenix primary clinical partner—announced Aug. 17 that it has acquired 32 Urgent Care Extra locations across the metro area for both cities. The ambulatory clinics include four in Tucson. Banner plans to open additional clinics in retail settings, expanding to 50 by 2017…


With Nearly 16,000 Google Entries, KOLD-TV 13 Gives Turmeric Study Another Hit
August 17, 2016

KOLD-TV Channel 13 in Tucson is the latest to give publicity to a clinical trial involving UA endocrinologist Dr. Janet Funk and her research team’s study of the remediating effects of turmeric on rheumatoid arthritis patients. Any benefits for reduced pain help patients cut down on on pricey medications with serious side effects…


Precision Medicine, Asthma Pharmacogenetics Focus of Pulmonary Conference, Aug. 22
August 17, 2016

A special Pulmonary Research Conference will be held Monday, Aug. 22, with speakers Eugene Bleecker, MD, and Deborah Meyers, PhD, co-directors of the Center for Genomics and Personalized Medicine Research and professors of Pulmonary, Critical Care, Allergy, and Immunologic Medicine at Wake Forest University...


Fellows Pack House for DOM Fellowship Retreat
August 12, 2016

Several dozen members of the UA Department of Medicine’s 15 ACGME-accredited fellowships packed the house for a Fellowship Career Development Retreat hosted Aug. 11 at the BIO5 Institute. They heard stories of junior faculty navigating their career paths, a research funding overview, advice from UAHS and COM senior leadership, and humorous anecdotes from Dr. Sai Parthasarathy…


AZPM Film ‘Passing On’ Wins Emmy Recognition as NATAS 2016 Board of Governors’ Awardee
August 12, 2016

The Arizona Public Media original documentary “Passing On”—with participation from the Pima Council on Aging, UA Center on Aging and UA Division of Geriatrics, General Internal and Palliative Medicine—on Oct. 8 will receive the top Emmy® award from the Rocky Mountain Southwest Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences… 


$7 Million NIH Grant Aims at Helping Asthma Sufferers Better Control Attacks, Breathe Easier
August 11, 2016

Led by Dr. Monica Kraft  at the UA College of Medicine – Tucson, researchers will use the National Institutes of Health grant to conduct a five-year study, “Dysfunction of Innate Immunity in Asthma,” to investigate the interrelationship of genetic mediators to reduce lung inflammation and attacks in asthma patients...


UA Cancer Center Open House to Focus Sept. 9 on Lymphoma, Leukemia
August 9, 2016

The UA Cancer Center clinical trials director Daniel Persky, MD, and Ravi Krishnadasan, MD, of the BMT-Leukemia Multidisciplinary Clinic team, will be presenters at the next UA Cancer Center North Campus  Open House on Monday, Aug. 15, at the Peter and Paula Fasseas Cancer Clinic — aka, Banner – UMC North, at 3838 N. Campbell Ave…


Crane Highlights Speed-Up in UAHS Campus Construction
August 8, 2016

A big crane arrived onsite the last week of July for the big push to erect steelworks behind the new 9-story hospital tower for Banner – University Medical Center Tucson—and already is well under way toward that goal. But it’s one of a few that soon will loom of all three construction sites on the UA Health Sciences campus, including the BSRL and HRIB building projects…


Karlie Passey Steps into New Role at UA Cancer Center
August 5, 2016

The University of Arizona Cancer Center welcomes Karlie Passey in her new role as program manager for the new Office of Membership and Staff Affairs. Duties for human resources and membership at the UACC have been combined into this office, overseen by Passey. She previously was membership coordinator...


Cancer Center Participates in Ward I Back-to-School Fair
August 5, 2016

The UA Cancer Center participated in the 8th Annual Feria de la Lectura—a bilingual literacy fair—at the El Pueblo Activity Center at 101 W. Irvington Ave. on Tucson’s south side July 30. In addition to health screenings, the 3,000 attendees got free backpacks, books, school supplies, bike helmets and other gear for the beginning of the new school year…


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