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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…


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…


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…


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…


UA Researchers on Team Investigating Machine-Learning Methods to Reduce Opioid Overdoses

Researchers from the University of Arizona and others, including the College of Pharmacy’s Dr. Daniel Malone, and Dr. C. Kent Kwoh, chief of the Division of Rheumatology and director of the Arthritis Center, recently published a study in JAMA Network Open evaluating the use of machine-learning to predict opioid overdose risk…


Three DOM Faculty among 22 Locally Taking Part in Global ‘Women in Data Science’ Event

Kudos to the 22 female data scientists who spoke during the “Data Blitz” portion of the Women in Data Science regional conference hosted Friday, April 5, at the University of Arizona’s Environment and Natural Resources 2 (ENR2) Building. The Tucson conference was among more than 150 satellite events to the main conference at Stanford University held across the globe. DOM participants: Drs. Joanne Berghout, Francesca Vitali and Rebecca Vanderpool…


Eight DOM Faculty to Serve at College of Medicine Clinical Trials Workshop, April 13

A number of University of Arizona Department of Medicine faculty are lined up as presenters and panelists at a Clinical Trials Development Workshop, Saturday, April 13, sponsored by the UA College of Medicine – Tucson and supported by the Arizona Biomedical Research Commission: Drs. Hani Babiker, Julie Bauman, Khadijah Breathett, Pavani Chalasani, Kwan Lee, Jarrod Mosier, Sairam Parthasarathy and Rachna Shroff. See the program and register today as spots are limited to 60…


Dr. Louise Hecker Among Winners to be Recognized at 6th Annual I² Awards & Expo, April 1

Pulmonary disease research investigator Dr. Louise Hecker has been named an award winner in the 2019 I-Squared (I²) Awards & Expo on Monday, April 1, 4:30-7 p.m., at the University of Arizona Steve Eller Dance Theatre, 737 E. University Blvd. Come cheer her on as she accepts the honor and see what other innovations from the UA and UA Department of Medicine are showcased...


Dr. Christina Laukaitis Lauded at International Mendel Day in London for Support of Genetics

Geneticist and associate professor with the Division of Geriatrics, General Internal Medicine and Palliative Medicine, Dr. Christina Laukaitis was recognized with the Mendel Medal by the Mendelianum at the Moravian Museum of Brno, Czech Republic, for her “contribution to the propagation of Gregor Mendel’s scientific legacy.” The 19th century friar is considered the father of modern genetics. The March 8 presentation in London’s Royal Institution celebrated Mendel Day, Women’s Day and the 100th anniversary of the British Genetics Society…


‘Digging Up a Diagnosis’ May Get Easier with Valley Fever Article, Awareness Campaign

Valley fever affects people, pets and livestock in Arizona and beyond, notes Tucson Lifestyle in an article that serves as a primer on the difficult-to-diagnose respiratory disease caused by fungal spores found in the Southwest's arid soils. It underscores efforts by UA Valley Fever Center for Excellence researchers to train community physicians statewide on new clinical practice protocols. Dr. John Galgiani also offers an update on activities to develop a vaccine and other research, a briefing for NIH, CDC and Congressional leaders, and the latest numbers to track the disease…


UA/Banner Lung, Rheumatology Teams Honored with ‘Scleroderma Research and Treatment Center’ Status

UA physicians won another kudo for care they provide at Banner – University Medical Center Tucson and South with the recent naming of hospital clinical and university research facilities as a “center of excellence” by the Scleroderma Foundation. This chronic connective tissue disease—an autoimmune rheumatic disorder that affects up to 300,000 people in the United States—results in hardening and tightening of skin and connective tissues. It also can affect body organs, including pulmonary fibrosis or scarring in the lungs…


Dr. Louise Hecker among 3 Research Panelists at Tech Launch Arizona ‘Eureka’ Luncheon

The University of Arizona Department of Medicine’s Louise Hecker, PhD, who investigates therapies to combat fibrotic diseases, will be among the panelists for a Tech Launch Arizona-hosted event, “Eureka! Recognizing when Research Gives Rise to Invention,” to be held March 7, noon-1 p.m., at the UA BIO5 Institute, Room 103. She’ll be joined by Drs. Roberta Diaz Brinton and Mohab Ibrahim. RSVP today!...


Research Day 2019 Crowns DOM Asthma Investigators with Shark Tank Prize

The competition was fierce. The pitches of the six research teams hoping to curry favor with the judges were polished. But, in the end, it was the DOM’s Drs. Monica Kraft and Julie Ledford who came out on top in the Shark Day competition that served as the grand finale to Research Day 2019 at the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson. See the photos and the video here…


Four DOM Faculty Among Six Teams Competing in Shark Tank Talks for Research Day 2019

Tomorrow, Feb. 13, is the big day for the Shark Tank at Research Day 2019 at the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson. The list of presenters has been set. Work has been completed to make sure that everyone’s presentation is functional. Presenters include Drs. Eugene Chang, Nathanial Hart, Louise Hecker, Julie Ledford, Monica Kraft, Michael Kuhns and Marvin Slepian. Drs. Robert Robbins and Michael Dake are on the seven-judge panel to determine who wins the $10,000 prize...


Dr. Rachna Shroff among Presenters in Spring 2019 CBIO Seminar Series

Dr. Rachna ShroffUniversity of Arizona GI Medical Oncology Chief Dr. Rachna Shroff is among faculty presenting at the Spring Series of the Cancer Biology (CBIO) Seminars, which features just over a dozen speakers in talks that began Jan. 14 and finish April 29. Her topic (March 11, 9-10 a.m., Kiewit) is “Cholangiocarcinoma: Does One Size Fit All?” See the full lineup…


Dr. Esther Sternberg to Deliver One of Three Keynotes at COM-T Research Day 2019

Esther Sternberg, MDRenowned professor in the UA Division of Integrative Medicine, Dr. Esther Sternberg joins famed Alzheimer’s researcher Dr. Roberta Diaz Brinton and national big data guru Dr. Nirav Merchant as keynote speakers for the UA College of Medicine – Tucson’s Research Day 2019 on Feb. 13.


Dr. Jil Tardiff to Give Keynote at ‘BIO5 Inspiring Women in STEM’ Event, Feb. 9

Jil Tardiff, MD, PhDUniversity of Arizona Department of Medicine associate chair for research, Dr. Jil Tardiff will offer the keynote address at “BIO5 Inspiring Women in STEM,” Sat., Feb. 9, 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. This event includes an interactive panel of women from the UA Health Sciences Tucson campus from cross-disciplinary fields and stages in their careers.


UA’s GI Medical Oncology Team Grabs a Glimmer of Spotlight at GI 2019 in San Francisco

Physicians with the Gastrointenstinal (GI) Medical Oncology section at the University of Arizona Cancer Center made a splash at the Gastrointestinal Cancers Symposium, also known as GI 2019, in San Francisco, Jan. 17-19, 2019. Among attendees were Drs. Rachna Shroff, Emad Elquza, Hani Babiker and Aaron Scott. Activities included general session presenter, panel moderator, chairing networking events and a poster presentation…


UA Environmental Health Pilot Project Funding Available for Up to $40,000

Ever considered research in environmental health sciences? The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, an NIH unit, seeks to discover how the environment affects people in order to promote healthier lives. Thus, the Southwest Environmental Health Sciences Center (SWEHSC), part of the Center for Toxicology at the University of Arizona College of Pharmacy, is on the hunt for pilot project applicants to fund. Deadline: 5 p.m., Monday, Feb. 18. Learn more…


RFA Deadline for 10 AzAHEC Grants Up to $5,000 Each Moved to Jan. 30

The Arizona Area Health Education Center at the University of Arizona has extended the deadline for funding for up to 10 projects in amounts up to $5,000. Submissions were initially due Jan. 15. That deadline was moved to Jan. 30. The funding period is for up to one year starting March 1, 2019. Apply now!…


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