Research News

NIH funding increases lead to impressive performance in Blue Ridge rankings

Five colleges increased their National Institutes of Health research funding in 2022-2023, leading to higher rankings for some by the Blue Ridge Institute for Medical Research.

Leading Valley fever expert shares ‘state-of-the-art’ knowledge about fungal disease

John Galgiani, MD, a professor of medicine in the Division of Infectious Diseases at the UArizona College of Medicine – Tucson and director of the college’s Valley Fever Center for Excellence, was recognized for his expertise by the New England Journal of Medicine.

Friday Frontiers seminar features DOM Chair Dr. Liao, new Neurosurgery chair

Dr. James Liao, chair of the Department of Medicine, and Department of Neurosurgery Chair Dr. Julie Pilitsis, headline biomedical science seminar series at BIO5 Institute. See the video as well as a mini-photo gallery.

Translational Medicine Symposium research poster competition submissions due Feb. 22

Graduate students and postdoctoral fellows from biomedical disciplines across the UArizona Health Sciences can submit research abstracts to the Research Poster Competition of the College of Medicine – Tucson’s Translational Medicine Symposium to be held March 22 in the HSIB Forum.

A loss in the family for UArizona Health Sciences, Colleges of Medicine, Public Health

The College of Medicine – Tucson's sixth dean, Dr. James E. Dalen, died Jan. 16. Long-time DOM and other colleagues note his contributions in a golden era for the college and UArizona Health Sciences, of which he also was vice president. Memorial service set for Mon., Jan. 29, 1 p.m., Vistoso Funeral Home, Oro Valley.

Top 10 Health Sciences Connect stories of 2023

A new café for the HSIB; resources and tips for staying safe on campus; and five Health Sciences faculty profiles were among your favorite stories. Department of Medicine faculty mentioned in stories include Drs. Sairam Parthasarathy, Rachna Shroff, Marvin Slepian and Purnima Madhivanan.

COVID-19, CAMI and a new college: UArizona Health Sciences’ top 10 news releases of 2023

UArizona Health Sciences faculty – including the Department of Medicine’s Dr. John Galgiani, director of the Valley Fever Center for Excellence – made impactful contributions to health care and advanced major projects that are building a healthier future for Arizona and beyond.

Dr. Marvin Slepian appointed to federal patent advisory committee

Dr. Slepian, Regents Professor in the Division of Cardiology and Sarver Heart Center member at the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson, will serve on the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office’s Patent Public Advisory Committee through 2026.

Flag-raising ceremony part of Veterans Day honors

A group of people gathered at the Banner – University Medical Center Tucson’s main entrance Thursday, Nov. 9, for a flag-raising and blessing ceremony in recognition of Veterans Day. See mini-photo gallery of event and things to do this weekend.

Dr. Marvin Slepian named Biomedical Engineering Society fellow

Dr. Marvin Slepian, cardiologist, Sarver Heart Center member and Regents' Professor at the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson, has been named a 2023 Biomedical Engineering Society Fellow. 

Immune rejuvenation could pave the way for healthier aging

As part of a long-running research program to develop strategies for “rejuvenating” the aging immune system, the National Institute on Aging has awarded a $13.1 million grant to a team of investigators across the country led by Dr. Janko Ž. Nikolich, a professor of medicine, Center on Aging co-director and head of the Department of Immunobiology.

Six Health Sciences faculty named 2023 Women of Impact

Six women from the University of Arizona Health Sciences, including GI Division Chief Dr. Juanita Merchant, received UArizona Women of Impact Awards from the office of Research, Innovation and Impact on Oct. 20. Thirty female faculty and staff members from across campus were honored.

Brain’s self-cleaning machinery may be key to Alzheimer’s disease

Specialized cells take out the trash in the brain, finds UArizona researcher Dr. Fei Yin, of the Center for Innovation in Brain Science. When they break down, waste builds up, possibly setting the stage for Alzheimer’s disease.

Dr. Rachna Shroff selected to lead Hematology and Oncology Division

Having served as interim chief of the division at the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson and UArizona Cancer Center since early 2022, the specialist in pancreatic and hepatobiliary cancers hits ground running to realize the division’s full potential.

Dr. John Galgiani receives AZBio Pioneer Award for Life Achievement

The infectious diseases professor and Valley Fever Center for Excellence director recognized for a nearly 50-year career fighting this fungal disease endemic to Arizona and Southwest. See mini-photo gallery from ceremony and day's events.

Dr. Rachna Shroff named ASCO Woman Disruptor of the Year

Dr. Rachna Shroff got a new moniker earlier this year as “Woman Disruptor of the Year” by the Healio website during the American Society of Clinical Oncology Annual Meeting this summer.

Study to examine irritable bowel syndrome as long COVID symptom

UArizona researchers will use a $3.2 million grant from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases to study gastrointestinal symptoms as a condition of long COVID.

Three from DOM named to UArizona Cancer Center interim leadership team

Drs. Juanita Merchant, Rachna Shroff and Clara Curiel-Lewandrowski – all Department of Medicine division chiefs – were picked to lead Arizona’s only NCI-Designated Comprehensive Cancer Center in the absence of former director Dr. Joann Sweasy.

Dr. Juanita Merchant named among 2023 cohort of UArizona Women of Impact

The University of Arizona Gastroenterology division chief and UArizona Cancer Center associate director of basic sciences joins 29 others honored by Office of Research, Innovation and Impact.

Aegis Consortium funds research aimed at reducing the threat of future pandemics

The Aegis Consortium awarded seed funding to eight projects, including one led by Integrative Medicine’s Dr. Esther Sternberg, that align with the UArizona Health Sciences center’s mission to create a pandemic-free future.