Photos, Video Available on DOM Research Seminars, PMI Town Hall, Sleep Center Open House

Scenes from the DOM Town Hall Meeting on the Precision Medicine Initiative® Cohort Program—rebranded as the All of Us℠ Research Program—on Dec. 7.

Excellent turnout for recent UA Department of Medicine academic events includes the last two DOM Research Seminar Series, Dec. 8 and Nov. 10, the DOM Precision Medicine Town Hall, Dec. 7, and an open house for the new UA Health Sciences Center for Sleep & Circadian Sciences, Dec. 2.

Below, see photo galleries and links to archived video of those that were livestreamed as webcasts, too.

DOM Research Seminars

To date, there have been four installments in the inaugural year for the DOM Research Seminars. The lectures spotlight the quality of research being done by physician-scientists in the department and encourage mentorship between junior and senior faculty. Each pairs a junior and senior investigator, often from different divisions or disciplines, for two 20-minute presentations followed by a Q&A period.

Longitudinal looks at COPD, Type 2 diabetes
For the December DOM Research Seminar, Cristine Berry, MD, MHS, and Larry Mandarino, MD, provided the lectures Thursday, Dec. 8. 

She spoke about latest findings from the longitudinal Tucson Children’s Respiratory Study. His topic was skeletal muscles, insulin resistance and implications for Type 2 or early onset diabetes.

Click here for a link to archived video of Drs. Berry’s and Mandarino’s lectures and here [PDF] (or on the image at left) for a photo gallery.

Fibrotic diseases, sleep and inflammation
In November, the DOM Research Seminar lectures were given by UA assistant professor in pulmonary and translational medicine divisions and a research investigator for the Southern Arizona VA Health Care System, Louise Hecker, PhD (“Novel Therapeutics for Fibrotic Disease”), and UA pulmonology professor, director, UAHS Center for Sleep & Circadian Sciences, medical director, Banner – UMC Tucson Center for Sleep Disorders, Sairam Parthasarathy, MD (“Sleep, Clocks and Inflammation”). 

Click here for a link to archived video of Drs. Hecker’s and Parthasarathy’s lectures and here [PDF] (or on the image at left) for a photo gallery.

Going forward, the DOM Research Seminars for 2017 (starting with the Jan. 12 lectures) will move to UAHS Room 5403. They are held on the second Thursday of the month through June 2017. A light lunch is served at each seminar.

This lecture series occurs on the second Thursday of the month. Each lecture is webcast live via the UA Health Sciences BioCommunications website and archived for viewing later at: (click on the date to watch).

Precision Medicine Initiative®

With the start of recruitment for the White House Precision Medicine Initiative® (PMI)—now known as the All of Us℠ Research Program—in 2017, the DOM Precision Medicine Town Hall offered an excellent opportunity for faculty physicians and researchers in the Department of Medicine to learn more about their role in making the effort for the UA Health Sciences a success.

After an overview by Lolu Ojo, MD, MPH, PhD, lead principal investigator on the Arizona portion of the PMI Cohort Program and UAHS associate vice president for clinical research and global health initiatives—he, co-investigator Usha Menon, PhD, associate dean for research and global advances at the UA College of Nursing, DOM Chair Monica Kraft, MD, and Banner – University Medicine chief clinical education officer Andy Theodorou, MD, led four breakout focus groups in discussions on the initiative. Co-principal investigator Elizabeth Calhoun, PhD, MEd, UAHS associate vice president for Population Health Sciences and executive director of the UAHS Center for Population Science and Discovery, also participated. 

Click here for a link to archived video of the town hall and here [PDF] (or on the image at left) for a photo gallery.

Look for a website coming after the New Year from the UA Health Sciences and Banner Health providing details of the Arizona All of Us℠ program rollout. In the interim, see UAHS Senior Vice President Joe G. N. “Skip” Garcia, MD’s Nov 30 memo or email

For information from the National Institutes of Health on rebranding of the PMI Cohort Program as the “All of Us Research Program℠” (including FAQs, events, announcements, news and multimedia resources), see this link. A printable infographic can be found here.

New Space for New Sleep Center

The aforementioned UA Health Sciences Center for Sleep & Circadian Sciences—formerly a program of the Arizona Respiratory Center—also hosted an Open House reception on Friday, Dec. 2, at its new digs at 2300 E. Speedway Blvd., Suite 203, above the Trident Grill.

Among notables in attendance was Joan L. Shaver, PhD, RN, FAAN, dean of the UA College of Nursing; Tammy Clark Ojo, MD, UA associate professor, director of the Adult Cystic Fibrosis Program and vice chair for clinical affairs in the Department of Medicine; and Christian Bime, MD, a UA assistant professor in the Division of Pulmonary, Allergy, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine and medical director of the Medical ICU (D3W) at Banner – University Medical Center Tucson.

Click here [PDF] (or on the image at left) for a photo gallery from the event. You also can read more about the new center at the fourth link below. 


Release Date: 
12/09/2016 - 5:45pm