Research News

Healthy Dose Blog Focuses on Supercharging the Immune System to Fight Cancer

Most people familiar with cancer treatment know of three main options: surgery, radiation and chemotherapy—but a newer option, called immunotherapy, is creating quite a buzz across the cancer community. Drs. Daniel Persky and Emmanuel Katsanis offer a few thoughts in the latest blogpost for the UA Healthy Sciences’ Healthy Dose blog…


Drs. Langlais, Laukaitis Offer Grand Finale to Two Years of DOM Research Seminars

Two presentations June 14 by the University of Arizona Department of Medicine Drs. Paul Langlais and Christina Laukaitis capped the 2017-18 academic year lectures for the DOM Research Seminar Series with a focus on insulin proteomics and hypermobility syndrome. The seminars will be rolled into Medicine Grand Rounds in 2018-19. This caps 32 speakers and 20 seminars since series began in Fall 2016. See links to photo galleries and archived video…


Retiring Dr. Yeager Passes Baton to Dr. Chalasani as UA Hem-Onc Fellowship Director

Dr. Pavani Chalasani is the new director of the University of Arizona Hematology and Medical Oncology Fellowship Training Program in the Division of Hematology and Oncology at the UA Department of Medicine and UA Cancer Center. As of May 1, she replaces Dr. Andrew Yeager, who has been named a professor emeritus and will continue to give lectures and lead a fellows boot camp. His official retirement is June 29…


Infectious Diseases Fellow Seeks Citizen Help in Kissing Bug, Chagas Disease Study

For Dr. Norm Beatty, a UA Infectious Diseases Fellowship Program member and principal investigator on a study, “Prevalence of Chagas disease among high-risk individuals in Arizona,” it’s all about kissing bugs. May through July is their most active period of the year and he’s working to enlist citizen input to collect bugs and screen people potentially infected by bites. In addition, he’ll present on his preliminary results June 8 at the Infectious Diseases 2018 Research Careers Meeting in Bethesda, Md. See the video and a photo gallery from a recent KVOA4 TV interview…


Final Seminar of Academic Year Pairs Duo in Genetic Pathways for Precision Medicine

Two researchers with cross-disciplinary roots, Drs. Christina Laukaitis and Paul Langlais, return to the lineup for the next UA Department of Medicine Research Seminar on Thursday, June 16. They’ll offer an in-depth discussion on the genetics and proteomics of solutions under development at the University of Arizona Health Sciences for a joint hypermobility disorder known as Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome and microtubule-associated proteins' impact on insulin control in diabetics…


Drs. Breathett, Ramos Pen ‘Healthy Dose’ Blogposts on Medical Bias, Precision Medicine

Two articles posted as blogposts to “The Healthy Dose” blog by the University of Arizona Health Sciences tackle tough issues over medical bias with minority patients and the nationwide launch May 6 of the All of Us℠ Research Program—at a moment when the Arizona cohort leads the nation in recruitment and received confirmation that the state’s largest award from the National Institutes of Health just got bigger. Authors include Drs. Khadijah Breathett and Ken Ramos…


Resident, Fellow Poster Winners Announced for Tucson Campus Research Academic Half Day

Congratulations to the 2018 Research Academic Half Day poster winners for the University of Arizona Internal Medicine Residency Program – Tucson Campus— Drs. Darien Reed, Phan Saligrama and Ryan Buckley. They present clinical vignettes at the May 16 Medicine Grand Rounds. See the photo gallery and which fellows won. More than 50 posters were on display for the April 26 event…


New DOM Research Seminar Speaker for May 10 to Talk about Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis

The UA Department of Medicine Research Seminar set for Thursday, May 10, has been combined with the Winter Series Lung Conference lecture with Cedars-Sinai Medical Center’s Dr. Paul Noble now scheduled to speak on “Fundamentals of Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis (IPF)—Navigating the Patient Journey.” Drs. Christina Laukaitis’ and Paul Langlais’ addresses have been pushed to June 14…


Drs. Vanderpool, Knox Among 14 to Win ABRC Grant Awards Worth Total of Over $5.92 Million

The UA Department of Medicine’s Dr. Rebecca Vanderpool, research investigator, Division of Translational and Regenerative Medicine, and Dr. Ken Knox, former pulmonary chief, were recently awarded three-year grants from the Arizona Biomedical Research Commission—among 14 given to the University of Arizona. Her study involves a molecular link in development of right ventricular heart failure in pulmonary hypertension patients. His involves “tissue bioengineering” of a spinach leaf to serve as a model to study lung inflammation. See their co-investigators and funded research list…   


Reducing the Risk of Transplant Rejection Focus of Nephrology Guest Speaker, April 20

The University of Cincinnati transplantation director Dr. E. Steve Woodle will speak on “Innovative Approaches for Prevention and Treatment of Rejection: The Cincinnati Experience” in a special guest lecture hosted by the University of Arizona Division of Nephrology on Friday, April 20, 12-1 p.m., UAHS Room 8403. In addition, Dr. Rita R. Alloway, University of Cincinnati director of transplant clinical research, will give an industry-sponsored talk April 19, 6:30 p.m., at Tavalino's Restaurant on "A Unique Tacrolimus Treatment Option." RSVP now…


Drs. Laukaitis, Langlais Headline Next DOM Research Seminar on Genetics, Proteomics

Two researchers with cross-disciplinary roots are lined up for an in-depth look at the genetics and proteomics of precision medicine solutions at the University of Arizona Health Sciences for the next UA Department of Medicine Research Seminar on May 10. Dr. Christina Laukaitis will discuss Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome and joint hypermobility, and Dr. Paul Langlais will talk about microtubule-associated proteins and insulin…


UA Sleep Medicine Studies Focus of PCORI Videos, Article and National Journalist Panel Talk

Dr. Sai Parthasarathy’s research on sleep disorders, a peer-buddy approach to mentoring and care coordination for better adherence is the subject of two videos posted to the Washington, DC-based Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) website and viewable at this past weekend’s Health Journalism 2018 conference and expo in Phoenix. PCORI also included the research in its annual magazine as a “Featured Project”…


Most Recent Bressler-Alpert Travel Award Goes to Sleep Medicine Fellow

Dr. Chithra Poongkunran, a fellow with the UA Sleep Medicine Fellowship in the Division of Pulmonary, Allergy, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine, has been presented with a Bressler-Alpert Society Travel Award to attend the American Thoracic Society International Meeting in May. She's the third internal medicine trainee in 2018 and the sixth this academic year (2017-18) to receive awards. Overall, 42 trainees have received awards since they were first presented six years ago…


UA Research Team Led by Center for Integrative Medicine Wins FLEXI Award for Wearable Hydration Monitor

Congratulations to the University of Arizona flexible hybrid electronics research team led by the UA Center for Integrative Medicine (AzCIM), which was part of the winning group for a R&D Achievement Award at the FLEXI Awards in Monterey, Calif., in February. The multidisciplinary team includes Drs. Esther Sternberg and Perry Skeath…


Two More UA Internal Medicine Trainees Win Bressler-Alpert Travel Awards

Two trainees in internal medicine at the University of Arizona Department of Medicine were presented with Bressler-Alpert Society Travel Awards this week to present their research at academic conferences. Dr. Luke Gabe, a Pulmonary and Critical Care fellow, and Dr. Shilpa Junna, an Internal Medicine Residency Program (University Campus) resident, are the first in 2018 to receive awards…


New March 8 DOM Research Seminar Lineup Focuses on Biomarkers in Lung, Heart Muscle Disease

Dr. Jil Tardiff, a UA Sarver Heart Center cardiologist, replaces Dr. Yves Lussier for the UA Department of Medicine Research Seminar, noon-1 p.m., Thurs., March 8, in COM-T Room 5403. She’ll discuss her research on hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. The other speaker for this seminar, Dr. Stefano Guerra, a pulmonary epidemiologist with the UA Asthma & Airway Disease Research Center, will talk on his research to end persistence of asthma into adulthood. Both are NIH-funded principal investigators. Dr. Lussier’s presentation is moved to the June 7 seminar…


UA, Banner Clinicians and Staff Celebrate New Banner – UMC/U.S. News Signage

Several dozen UA College of Medicine – Tucson and Banner – University Medicine faculty, clinicians and staff gathered on the front lawn of the Banner – University Medical Center Tucson front lawn in recognition of new hospital signage honoring its best U.S. News & World Report “Best Hospitals” rankings in a decade. See mini-photo gallery…


With UA Roots, Avery Therapeutics Selected for Flinn Bioscience Entrepreneurship Program

Flinn Foundation to provide $30,000 to six Arizona firms through program. The Tucson startup company—led by Drs. Steve Goldman, Jordan Lancaster and Jen Watson Koevary—conducted its basic science research in a University of Arizona Sarver Heart Center lab. It’s also been assisted by Tech Launch Arizona, the commercialization arm of the UA tasked with helping bring innovations developed at the university to market…


TB Expert from UCLA to Offer Medicine Grand Rounds Lecture on ‘World’s Leading Infectious Killer,’ Jan. 31, Noon

Marcus A. Horwitz, MD, former chief of the Division of Infectious Diseases at UCLA’s David Geffen School of Medicine, will deliver the Medicine Grand Rounds lecture as a special guest speaker Jan. 31, noon-1 p.m., COM-T Room 5403, on the topic: “Fighting the World's Leading Infectious Killer: Advances in Diagnosis, Treatment and Prevention of TB”…


DOM Chair to Receive American Thoracic Society’s 2018 Distinguished Achievement Award

UA Department of Medicine Chair Monica Kraft, MD, will receive the American Thoracic Society’s Distinguished Achievement Award at the ATS 2018 International Conference held in San Diego, May 18-23...


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