Research News

UA Functional Genomics Core Integrates with Arizona Center for Drug Discovery

The University of Arizona Functional Genomics Core (FGC) now is integrated with the Arizona Center for Drug Discovery, providing resources for investigators conducting research in molecular biology to run live cell, biochemical and other assays. The FGC is housed at the UA BIO5 Institute while the center is at the UA College of Pharmacy, with new $26-million digs under construction now adjacent to the UA College of Medicine – Tucson…


Spring Colloquium on Complex Diseases Speaker Lineup for 2019 Announced

The lineup is set for the Weekly Colloquium on Problems in the Biology of Complex Diseases, running Jan. 11-April 26 and again featuring several speakers/topics of interest to University of Arizona Department of Medicine physicians and investigators. These include asthma, cancer, cardiovascular and metabolic disorders, and neuro-degenerative/developmental diseases. Outside speakers come from the University of Chicago, UCLA, UCSF and NAU. DOM faculty, Drs. Xingnan Li, Deb Meyers, and Gene Bleecker, will talk on genetics, genomics and precision medicine…


‘More to the Snore’ — Tucson Lifestyle’s Interview with Dr. Sai Parthasarathy (and Other DOM News Coverage)

An “In Health” article in the magazine’s January 2019 issue focuses on sleep apnea, assessing local physicians’ perspectives on treatment options—including the UA interim pulmonary chief and sleep medicine expert. Also see how other recent magazine articles have featured UA Department of Medicine faculty physicians, including Drs. Peter Ott, Vivian Shi and Esther Sternberg…


AzAHEC Seeks Applicants for 2019 Research and Project Small Grant Program by Jan. 15

Applications are being sought by the Arizona Area Health Education Center at the University of Arizona for up to 10 projects for funding in amounts up to $5,000. The deadline for submissions is Jan. 15. The funding period is for up to one year starting March 1, 2019…


Summer Research Program for Cancer Prevention and Control Accepting Applications until Feb. 1

The University of Arizona STEP-UP Summer Research Program is looking for outstanding upperclass undergraduate and masters’ degree level students from diverse backgrounds to participate in a paid, 12-week transformative research experience in cancer prevention and control science. Applications are open now. Deadline: Feb. 1…


Bressler-Alpert Society Travel Award Allows Fellow to Present on Kissing Bugs, Chagas Disease

Dr. Norm Beatty, University of Arizona infectious diseases fellow and the most recent recipient of a Bressler-Alpert Society Travel Award, gave two presentations at IDSA and ASTMH conferences this fall in coordination with his research mentor from the Division of Infectious Diseases, Dr. Steve Klotz, that focus on kissing bugs and Chagas disease. Donate to the society before the end of the year to support DOM fellow and resident trainee conference attendance and get a tax break, too…


Register Now for UA College of Medicine – Tucson Research Retreat, Feb. 13

The University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson will host a day-long event in the new Health Sciences Innovation Building (HSIB) for basic scientists and clinicians. The intent of the event is to spur interdisciplinary collaboration between departments, divisions, centers and institutes. Register now to attend and participate in data blitzes, a shark tank-style competition and more…


Fourth UA Cardiology Research Fair Offers a Dating Perspective for Investigators, Mentors, Trainees

The UA BIO5 Institute’s Room 103, in the Thomas W. Keating Building, plays host to the next Cardiology Research Fair on Wednesday, Dec. 19, 4-5:30 p.m. Come learn about the innovative, cutting-edge investigations occurring at the University of Arizona to combat cardiovascular disease. Get a chance to talk one-on-one with the researchers and prospective mentors/mentees via a speed-dating format…


UA Researchers Contribute to Peanut Allergy Study that Shows Oral Immunotherapy Can Reduce Reactions

A member of the PALISADE Group of Clinical Investigators, Dr. Tara Carr is co-author of a paper recently appearing in the New England Journal of Medicine that found in a clinical trial that oral immunotherapy in children and adolescents could be effective in reducing allergic reactions to peanuts by desensitizing them...


UA Cancer Center Issues Request for Proposals for Clinical Research Oversight Council Funding

The Clinical Research Oversight Council has oversight of clinical research activities at the University of Arizona Cancer Center. Investigator-initiated trial (IIT) concepts that request UACC funding support must be presented to the CROC for determination of funding. The deadline for new proposals is Jan. 10, 2019, with review to begin Jan. 18…


Banner – UMC Tucson Included in Expansion of Early Access Program for Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis Genomic Classifier

Banner – University Medical Center Tucson is among 20 U.S. medical centers now offering a new test from Veracyte Inc. to improve diagnosis of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis via RNA sequencing of a transbronchial lung biopsy to determine if a genomic pattern is present that indicates the respiratory disease…


UA Announces Spring 2019 Workshop Schedule for Responsible Conduct of Research Program

The University of Arizona Office of Research, Discovery, and Innovation (RDI) is pleased to announce the Spring 2019 schedule of Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) Workshops. The workshops—14 in all—begin on Jan. 17 with “Building Productive and Ethical Mentoring Relationships” and end on April 18 with “Ethical Issues in Biomedical Research.” See the full schedule here…


New Website for UA Sleep Center a Great Place to Catch Some Zzzzs

The new website for the University of Arizona Health Sciences Center for Sleep & Circadian Sciences is a real snoozer. In this case, though, that’s a good thing. Ensuring patients sleep well, after all, is the focus of the center’s research. That research is led by Dr. Sairam Parthasarathy and includes an interdisciplinary team of investigators from across the UAHS campus and beyond…


Global Respiratory Alliance Names UA Interstitial Lung Disease Program among Designated 'WASOG Sarcoidosis Clinics’

The University of Arizona Interstitial Lung Disease Program at Banner – UMC Tucson and South clinical facilities is now a WASOG Sarcoidosis Clinic with its recent recognition by the World Association of Sarcoidosis and Other Granulomatous Disorders. Such disorders are characterized by progressive scarring from inflammatory cell clumps, largely in the lungs, but not limited to that organ. Drs.


Pulmonary Chief Dr. Parthasarathy to Help NIH Prioritize Research on Science of Sleep

Interim Chief of the University of Arizona Division of Pulmonary, Allergy, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine Dr. Sairam Parthasarathy has been hired by the National Institutes of Health  as an expert advisor to help coalesce a collaborative effort on a five-year, strategic plan to lay out research goals for sleep medicine and circadian science...


UAHS Extends Deadline for CHiiLi/Aging and Resilience Career Development Awards, Pilot Funding Applications to Dec. 10

Applicants for a University of Arizona Health Sciences and UA College of Medicine – Tucson internal pilot competitive submission of projects in aging research with two levels of funding ($75,000 and $35,000) now have til 5 p.m., Dec. 10, to enter applications. This research activity is the core of the CHiiLi (Consortium to Hasten recovery from Injury and Infection in older adults Leading to Independence) Program with CHiiLi Scholars also participating in the Aging and Resilience Seminar Series…


UAHS Career Development Award Program Seeking Scholars; Apply by Dec. 10

The University of Arizona Health Sciences is seeking applicants for its UAHS Career Development Award (CDA) training program. The program, established by the UA Office of the Senior Vice President for Health Sciences in 2014, involves salary support up to $75,000 per year for two years, plus fringe benefits, that begins Jan. 1, 2019. The submission deadline is Monday, Dec. 10. Among prior winners are several DOM faculty, including Drs. Christian Bime, Pavani Chalasani, Jarrod Mosier and Olga Rafikova…


Tucson Internal Med Residents Take 1st, 2nd in 4 of 6 Contests at ACP Arizona Chapter Meeting

Physicians in training in the University of Arizona Internal Medicine Residency Program – South Campus took first or second place in four out of a possible six categories for academic contests at the 2018 Scientific Meeting of the American College of Physician’s Arizona Chapter. Congratulations to Drs. Alex Asadi, Nicholas Blackstone, Soraj Kumar, Sidra Raoof, Juan Siordia, Sarah Tariq and Wina Yousman…


Packed House, Agenda Make for Eventful Fall 2018 DOM General Faculty Meeting

With a full agenda at the Fall 2018 General Faculty Meeting for the UA Department of Medicine, seats filled quickly. About 65 people attended with several more watching online to hear addresses by Drs. Michael Dake (Sr. VP, UA Health Sciences), Irv Kron (Dean, UA College of Medicine – Tucson) and Rick Schnellman (Dean, UA College of Pharmacy). Other reports came from Tech Launch Arizona, and Drs. Tammy Ojo (Clinical Affairs) and Amy Sussman (Education). See the photo gallery, view the video…


Dr. Curiel Co-Authors New Care Guidelines for Melanoma by American Academy of Dermatology

A Melanoma Work Group for the American Academy of Dermatology released in early November new “Guidelines of Care for the Management of Primary Cutaneous Melanoma,” which includes among its co-authors work group member Dr. Clara Curiel-Lewandrowski, from the University of Arizona Division of Dermatology, UA Skin Cancer Institute and UA Cancer Center…


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