Research News

AHA Lauds Dr. Julia Indik’s Lifetime of Achievement

Electrocardiologist Julia Indik, MD, PhD, director of the Sarver Heart Center’s Cardiovascular Disease Fellowship Program, was honored with the Laennec Master Clinician Award from the American Heart Association at the group’s virtual 2021 Scientific Sessions in November. The award offers recognizes an individual’s lifetime achievement in patient care and teaching.

New UArizona Health Sciences Study to Focus on Link Between Knee Aging and Osteoarthritis

University of Arizona Health Sciences researchers will study the links between knee structure changes and clinical outcomes in people with osteoarthritis.

COM-T Faculty and Departments Honored with Faculty Excellence Awards

The University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson presented the winners of the 2021 Faculty Excellence Awards at the August 11 Faculty Excellence Reception. Among those earning recognition were Drs. Laura Meinke and Bhupinder Natt.

Valley Fever Center for Excellence Celebrates 25 Years

The center, led by Dr. John Galgiani, a professor in the Department of Medicine's Division of Infectious Diseases at the UArizona College of Medicine – Tucson, focuses on research, outreach and education to fulfill its mission of protecting people against a deadly fungal disease native to the Southwest.

UArizona Research Makes ‘Top Studies of 2020’ for Sleep Journal

Kudos to Dr. Sairam Parthasarathy, who authored a paper named among the “Top Studies of 2020” published in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine.

Dr. Elizabeth Connick Wins National Women’s Health Award for HIV/AIDS Research, Advocacy

Division of Infectious Diseases chief at UArizona College of Medicine – Tucson receives NIH-supported AIDS Clinical Trials Group award at virtual ceremony in November. 

Photo Gallery: Health Sciences Leads and Inspires With ‘I Wear a Mask’

After months apart due to COVID-19, University of Arizona Health Sciences faculty, staff and students are returning to campus. Among changes we're becoming familiar with, all are required to wear face coverings, and team Health Sciences – including Drs. Kevin Moynahan and Indu Partha, for the Department of Medicine – is leading by example.

Genetic, Viral Interactions in Development of Sinusitis Focus of UArizona Surgeon-Scientist

A $2.2 million federal grant will allow Dr. Eugene Chang, a sinus surgeon at the UArizona College of Medicine - Tucson, to investigate human genetic viral interactions in the development of sinus disease.

Dr. Juanita Merchant Wins Mentorship Award from Gastroenterology Group

Juanita Merchant, MD, PhD, has received the 2020 Distinguished Mentor Award from the American Gastroenterological Association. A professor and chief of the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Dr. Merchant is a cancer biology program researcher at the UArizona Cancer Center, an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine, and a renowned physician-scientist on gastric or colon cancer.

Michael J. Fox Foundation Awards $8.8M in Grants Supporting Range of Parkinson’s Studies

Dr. Lalitha Madhavan is among researchers receiving grants. She and her team are developing dopamine neurons and patient-derived skin cells – called fibroblasts – to evaluate potential Parkinson’s therapies and biomarkers for early identification of the disease.

VIDEO – Expert Insights: Is it Valley Fever or is it COVID-19?

Coccioidomycosis, or Valley fever, is a fungal infection that occurs when a person inhales spores that live in the soil. Hot and dry weather conditions allow those spores to become airborne, thus making Arizona a hotspot for Valley fever, especially in the summer. According to experts from the University of Arizona Health Sciences, Valley fever can easily be confused for COVID-19.

‘The Future is Now’ in New Skin Cancer Diagnosis Technology

A UArizona Cancer Center collaboration between Dermatology's Dr. Clara Curiel-Lewandrowski and Dr. Dongkyun Kang, an assistant professor in optical sciences and biomedical engineering, connects the lab with the clinic to develop and test a portable skin cancer diagnostic device.

Photo Gallery: Developing Handheld Skin Cancer Diagnostic Technology

A UArizona Cancer Center confocal microscope imaging project to improve skin cancer diagnosis and treatment is built on collaboration of Dermatology interim chief Drs. Clara Curiel-Lewandrowski and Dongkyun Kang, co-leader of the Cancer Imaging Program. 

UArizona College of Pharmacy Researchers Win TRIF Funding for Projects to Fight COVID-19

The funds – administered by the Arizona Board of Regents and University of Arizona BIO5 Institute – enable researchers to combat the global pandemic and positively impact the health of Arizonans.

Dr. Salma Patel Recognized with Health Sciences Career Development Award

The University of Arizona Health Sciences Career Development Awards (CDA) program recently selected Salma Patel, MD, MPH, assistant professor of medicine, College of Medicine – Tucson, as one of four recipients in its latest round of awards.

Dr. Slepian Inducted as Regents’ Professor

University of Arizona Sarver Heart Center cardiologist Marvin Slepian, MD, was inducted as a Regents’ Professor Jan. 13, 2020. Dr. Slepian also is founder and director of the Arizona Center for Accelerated Biomedical Innovation.

UArizona Ranks in Top 20 in Research Funding

The University of Arizona, No. 1 in astronomy and astrophysics expenditures, ranks in the top 4% of all U.S. universities in research and development expenditures, according to data from the National Science Foundation’s Higher Education Research and Development survey, which ranks more than 900 colleges and universities. UArizona Health Science ranked 48th in research funding with a 21.5% increase in federal dollars over the prior year...

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...

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…

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!…