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Dr. Louise Hecker receives Innovator of the Year Award at Governor's Celebration of Innovation Expo in Phoenix, Oct. 24
Dr. Louise Hecker Named Academic Innovator of the Year at Governor’s Innovation Awards

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...


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

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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Nogales Father, Son Offer Patient/Caregiver View at Spotlight on Stomach Cancer Symposium

Atanasio and Thano Gatzionis, who run a Nogales, Ariz., food distributorship, are among patient and caregiver panelists participating in the Spotlight on Stomach Cancer Symposium hosted Oct. 26, 8 a.m.-2 p.m., at the HSIB Forum in the Health Sciences Innovation Building, 1670 E. Drachman St., on the University of Arizona Health Sciences Campus in Tucson. Learn about them and register for Saturday!…


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DOM Chair Dr. Monica Kraft Announced as 2019 AZBio Researcher of the Year

The Arizona Bioindustry Association (AZBio), in an announcement posted Sunday night, named internationally renowned physician-scientist and University of Arizona Department of Medicine Chair Dr. Monica Kraft as its choice for Arizona Bioresearcher of the Year for 2019 based on her work on precision medicine therapies to treat severe asthma. This is the third year in a row that a UA faculty member has won the honor, which will be bestowed at an Oct. 2 ceremony at the Phoenix Convention Center…


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UA Gastroenterology, Cancer Center Partner to Put ‘Spotlight on Stomach Cancer’

The University of Arizona Division of Gastroenterology and UA Cancer Center partner Oct. 26 with the non-profit No Stomach For Cancer to host a “Spotlight on Stomach Cancer Symposium” at the Health Sciences Innovation Building. Among DOM faculty participating: Drs. Emad Elquza, Hemanth Gavini, Juanita Merchant, Aaron Scott and Rachna Shroff. Harvard/Dana-Farber Cancer Institute’s Dr. Adam Bass offers the keynote and two invited speakers underscore rising rates for Hispanics and Native Americans. The free, public event also offers patient and caregiver sessions. Register today…


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Dr. Hecker a Finalist for Award at 2019 Governor’s Celebration of Innovation Expo

Dr. Louise Hecker, an associate professor with the University of Arizona Division of Pulmonary, Allergy, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine, UA BIO5 Institute member and research investigator with the Southern Arizona VA Health Care System, is a finalist for the Academia Award at the 16th Annual Governor’s Celebration of Innovation Awards. Earlier this year, she was named “Inventor of the Year” by Tech Launch Arizona for her lab’s work on small molecule Nox4 inhibitors to treat fibrotic diseases…


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Phoenix Arizona Drug Discovery Summit, Oct. 2, Includes Several from UA Department of Medicine

Several University of Arizona Department of Medicine faculty members will be among presenters and panelists at the “Discovering New Medicines in Arizona Summit,” hosted (8 a.m.-3 p.m.) at the UA College of Medicine – Phoenix by the UA College of Pharmacy and UA Cancer Center as part of Arizona Bioscience Week activities. They include: Drs. Julie Bauman, Jennifer Carew, Louise Hecker, Monica Kraft, Julie Ledford and Lawrence Mandarino. Attendance is FREE. Register today!...


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UA-Led Study on Hyperglucagonemia, Type 2 Diabetes Picked Up by Journal of Endocrinology

The Journal of Endocrinology has published a paper with the UA’s Dr. Jennifer Stern as lead author on research that suggests the metabolic glucoregulatory disturbance in obesity that can result in type 2 diabetes may be driven by inappropriate fasting-induced regulation of glucagon, resulting in a static glucagon:insulin ratio…


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UA College of Pharmacy Appoints Faculty with Expertise in Pharmacogenomics, Drug Discovery

Dr. Qin M. Chen, wife of University of Arizona cardiologist Dr. Joe Alpert, joins the college’s Department of Pharmacy Practice and Science as a professor of pharmacology and the Holsclaw endowed professor in pharmacogenomics. And Dr. Jutta Wanner joins its Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology as an associate professor and co-director for the Arizona Center for Drug Discovery...


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Responsible Conduct of Research Workshop Schedule Announced for Fall 2019

The University of Arizona Office of Research, Discovery, and Innovation’s Fall 2019 schedule for Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) workshops runs from Aug. 22 to Dec. 4. These interactive, discussion-based sessions—designed for graduate and undergraduate students and postdoctoral researchers—are open to all members of campus. All workshops count towards fulfillment of RCR education requirements from the NSF and NIH. See topics here and enroll today…


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Dr. Parthasarathy Podcast Touts CPAP Devices to Cut Readmissions for Heart Failure Patients

Pulmonary Chief Dr. Sairam Parthasarathy, contributed a podcast this summer for Consultant360.com’s CardiologyConsultant website on on how clinicians can reduce rehospitalization rates among patients suffering from heart failure and sleep disordered breathing via use of continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) devices. It ties into an NIH grant subcontract he and Cardiology Chief Dr. Nancy Sweitzer won from Ohio State University…


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Many Heads Are Better Than One for UA BIO5 Institute’s ‘Wall of Fame’

A likeness for Dr. Monica Kraft, chair of the University of Arizona Department of Medicine, is among the latest researchers to be added to the UA BIO5 Institute “Wall of Fame.” It’s one of multiple updates BIO5 has planned for the wall this summer. Currently, 17 DOM faculty members are pictured from nine divisions or business units. See who they are and check back in August for who’s been added…


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UA Center on Aging Paper Focuses on Health Information Disparities for Older Mexican-Americans

A new paper from the University of Arizona Center on Aging and Arizona Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Program, published by the Journal of Transcultural Nursing, looks at disparities in information available to older Mexican-Americans and their family caregivers that may affect their health-care use and end-of-life decisions. Dr. Linda Phillips, the center’s senior director of research and education, is a co-author…


Forest Melton honored as 2019 Leukemia & Lymphoma Society AZ Man of the Year
UA Cancer Center Research Specialist Named Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Man of the Year

Forest Melton, a regulatory specialist with the Genitourinary (GU) Team and research member with the Therapeutic Development Program at the University of Arizona Cancer Center, won “Man of the Year” honors from the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Arizona Chapter in June...


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Skin Cancer, Chemoprevention Cover Story for UA Cancer Center Newsletter

Drs. James Sligh and Clara Curiel-Lewandrowksi, chief and vice chief of the University of Arizona Division of Dermatology and key members of the UA Skin Cancer Institute, made the cover of the latest edition of the Act Against Cancer newsletter from the UA Cancer Center, out in mid-May with the theme for this issue being chemoprevention. The article takes a hard look at skin cancer, sun safety and the research of Drs. Curiel and Sally Dickinson, an assistant professor of pharmacology. See all the articles here…


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Two Awards Show UA Cardiologist Dr. Marvin Slepian to be ‘Man for All Seasons’

University of Arizona cardiologist, inventor and biomedical engineer Dr. Marvin Slepian has been rolling in kudos of late, with his most recent recognitions coming from the UA College of Engineering where he was named a da Vinci Fellow and his alma mater for his medical degree, the University of Cincinnati, which presented him May 20 with one of four Drake Medals…


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GME Scholarly Day Showcases Research Prowess of South Campus Students, Residents, Fellows

Three South Campus internal medicine residents were among those recognized at the Jeanne Deinert GME Scholarly Day at Banner – University Medical Center South on May 14. Two were poster contest winners, Drs. Wina Yousman and Gianna O’Hara, and Dr. Sarah Tariq was chosen to be an oral presenter. Division of Infectious Diseases associate professor Dr. Lori Fantry also was a co-author on the winning Medical Student Poster on PrEP and needle exchange programs in HIV prevention. See all the winners and fellows, faculty who assisted them…


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40th Heart Rhythm Scientific Sessions Recognize Contributions of Dr. Frank Marcus to Understanding ARVC/D

Dr. Frank Marcus, professor emeritus of medicine and a past chief in the Division of Cardiology, University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson, and a research scientist with the UA Sarver Heart Center, was honored as an invited speaker at the recent Heart Rhythm Society 2019 meeting in San Francisco. The society held a special session May 10 to recognize his research on right ventricular dysplasia, a rare type of cardiomyopathy that can lead to sudden cardiac arrest or heart failure…


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UA Sleep Medicine Physician Wins $100K Award from AASM Foundation to Study Apnea and Heart Health

Congratulations to Dr. Salma Patel, an assistant professor and sleep medicine specialist in the University of Arizona Division of Pulmonary, Allergy, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine, who is one of three winners of Career Development Awards from the AASM Foundation, an affiliate of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. Her project will study the relationship between obstructive sleep apnea and death, using EKG data in the Sleep Heart Health Study…


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Tucson Campus Internal Medicine Residents Shine at Research AHD – Oral Vignettes Next

Congratulations to winners at the 2019 Research Academic Half Day poster contest for the UA Internal Medicine Residency Program at Tucson Campus: Drs. Phan Saligrama, Kevin Breen, Darien Reed, Nicole Smith and Hyun Soo “Kevin” Jang. They’ll offer oral vignettes on their projects at Medicine Grand Rounds, May 15, 12-1 p.m., Room 5403. Thanks to all who participated, including faculty: Drs. Khadijah Breathett, Elizabeth Connick, Lori Fantry, J.P. Ferreira, Steve Goldman, Julia Indik, James Knepler, Laura Meinke, Dalia Mikhael, Serena Scott, Amy Sussman and Jil Tardiff…


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