UA Discovery Shows Curcumin Blocks the Metastasis of Colon Cancer by a Novel Mechanism

A team of researchers led by the University of Arizona Steele Children’s Research Center discovered that curcumin—the bioactive molecule derived from the spice turmeric—blocks the protein cortactin in colon cancer.

Cortactin, a protein essential for cell movement, frequently is overexpressed in cancer, thus facilitating cancer cell metastasis to other organs in the body.

Colon cancer is the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States and the third most common cancer in men and women. When cancer metastasizes to other organs, a patient’s chances of survival are greatly diminished. Thus, finding novel ways to prevent cancer metastasis remains an urgent need.

The National Institutes of Health-funded research  recently was published in PLOS One (available here).

The study was led by co-investigators Fayez K. Ghishan, MD, professor and head, UA Department of Pediatrics and director of the UA Steele Children’s Research Center; Pawel Kiela, DVM, PhD,...

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Free Healthy Eye Screenings

WHAT: Free Healthy Eye Screenings
At these University of Arizona Medical Center and UA Department of Ophthalmology sponsored healthy eye screenings, we check for cataracts, glaucoma, diabetes, macular degeneration and dry eye. Screenings are recommended for individuals over age 18, those with a family history of eye disease, a diagnosis of diabetes and/or high blood pressure, and for those taking certain medications. Click here to view and post the flier.

DATE & TIME:  SATURDAY, July 19, 8 A.M. - NOON

Free eye screenings also will be Saturday, August 16 and Sept. 20 – same time.

PLACE:  St. Elizabeth’s Health Center
140 W. Speedway Blvd., Tucson
(next to Pima Community College west of Stone & Speedway)

Worried about your vision? Do you have a family history of glaucoma? Are you age 50 or older and concerned about the health of your eyes?

The University of Arizona Department of Ophthalmology and Vision Science, in...

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20th Annual Fathers of the Year Awards Dinner and Gala Raises $205,000 for the UA Steele Children’s Research Center

Father’s Day Council Tucson recently celebrated six outstanding Tucson fathers – while also raising funds for the University of Arizona Steele Children’s Research Center – at its 20th annual “Fathers of the Year Awards Dinner and Gala” at Loews Ventana Canyon Resort.

Last month’s event raised approximately $205,000 for type 1 diabetes research, clinical programs, faculty recruitment and the “Father’s Day Council Tucson Endowed Chair for Type 1 Diabetes” at the UA Steele Center.

This annual event honors men who have demonstrated they are dedicated fathers, outstanding community role models and successful in their chosen field.

This year’s honorees were:
• David G. Hutchens, president and COO; UNS Energy, TEP, UES
• Omar Mireles, executive vice president, HSL Properties
• James H. Moore, Jr., president and CEO, UA Foundation
• Capt. Joshua Palochak, senior mission crew commander, U.S. Air Force
• Cody Ritchie, president, Crest Insurance
• Neal Weitman, general...

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AHSC & College of Medicine-Tucson Research Administration Offices Combine to Better Support Faculty Research

In response to the recommendations of the AHSC advisory councils to bolster support for faculty research efforts, the UA College of Medicine – Tucson Research Office has combined with the new AHSC Research Administration Office, effective immediately.

The combined office will focus on providing concierge-level service to all AHSC faculty in support of research pre- and post-award activities including sponsored project application submission, contract negotiation, and clinical trials.

In building a centralized consortium of research administration professionals, the office will serve as a one-stop shop for interactions with central campus research administrative units including IRB, Office of Research and Contract Analysis (ORCA), and Sponsored Projects Services.

Any and all inquiries related to the support services available through the AHSC Research Administration Office, should be directed to Lauren Zajac, executive director, Research Administration, for the Arizona Health Sciences Center.

Zajac, a certified research administrator, works to develop highly impactful...

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UA Cardiology Fellows Class of 2014 Prepare for Next Phase of Careers

The University of Arizona Sarver Heart Center celebrated the graduation of five fellows from the Cardiovascular Medicine Fellowship Program and two from the Interventional Cardiology Fellowship Program this June.
The graduating Cardiovascular Medicine Fellows are:

Vijay Doraiswamy, MD, who is joining the UA College of Medicine, Division of Cardiology as an assistant professor, primarily practicing at the UA Medical Center – South Campus. Joseph Hackler, DO, who is moving to Little Rock, Ark., where he will work in private practice. Ahmad Mizyed, MD, who is pursuing a heart failure fellowship at the University of Michigan during the coming academic year. Madhan Shanmugasundaram, MD, who is pursuing an interventional cardiology fellowship at the University of Kentucky. Tam Truong, MD, who will remain at the UA during the upcoming academic year as a fellow in the Interventional Cardiology Program.

The graduating Interventional Cardiology Fellows are:

Ravi Boyella, MD, who will work in private practice in Sierra Vista, Ariz.... [read more]

The University of Arizona Health Network and Banner Health Launch Effort to Create State-Wide Organization to Transform, Advance Health Care in Arizona

TUCSON, Ariz. – In a historic move that will transform the health care landscape in Arizona, the University of Arizona Health Network (UAHN) and the University of Arizona (UA) executed a Principles of Agreement document with Banner Health, to create a statewide health care organization and a comprehensive new model for academic medicine. This ground-breaking agreement will formalize discussions and is intended to lead to final definitive agreements sometime in the fall.

The proposed transaction is anticipated to generate approximately $1 billion in new capital, academic investments, and other consideration and value beneficial to UA and the community.

The anticipated transition of 6,300 employees working at UAHN’s two hospitals, the health plan and the medical group into Banner will create Arizona’s largest private employer with more than 37,000 employees.

Today’s action follows votes from the UAHN and Banner boards of directors in support of proceeding with negotiations, as well as a vote by the Arizona Board of Regents (ABOR) to authorize UA to also move forward with UAHN and Banner. The parties will now work together towards final...

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The University of Arizona Health Network and Banner Health to Make Formal Announcement About Advancing the Future of Health Care in Arizona and Nationwide

***** MEDIA ADVISORY *****

Contact:               Rebecca Ruiz McGill, Arizona Health Sciences Center Office of Public Affairs, 520-626-8434; 520-360-0308      

WHAT:                 Join The University of Arizona Health Network (UAHN), The University of Arizona, Banner Health and the Arizona Board of Regents (ABOR) to hear firsthand a formal announcement that will transform and enhance the future of patient care, academic medical education and research in Arizona.

Prior to the press conference, the UAHN board and ABOR will convene at 10 a.m. in a joint public meeting to discuss this formal announcement. The joint meeting and press conference will be available via live webstream at:

WHEN:                 Thursday, June 26, 2014
11:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
*Executives will be available for interviews immediately following the press conference.

WHERE:               Kiewit Auditorium in the Arizona Cancer Center building
1515 N. Campbell Ave., Tucson,...

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An Important Communication for You

Dear AHSC Community, 

As we stated last week, your senior leaders and the UAHN Board of Directors are actively exploring new strategies to ensure that UAHN’s hospitals, health plan and medical group have a secure, sustainable foundation that elevates our ability to care for present and future patients and also supports our research and education missions.

We also stated that our exploration has led us into discussions about collaboration with many organizations, including Banner Health.

 Information has been posted on the Arizona Board of Regents (ABOR) website about a non-binding Principles of Agreement document intended to lead to final definitive agreements that will guide the transition of UAHN into Banner Health and a significant academic affiliation between Banner and the University of Arizona. This information is accurate. We believe such a transition and affiliation will benefit health care and medical education in Arizona. The UAHN Board of Directors and ABOR are scheduled to vote on the Principles of Agreement on Thursday, June 26, and we are hopeful of their support.

The boards will convene at 10 a.m., Thursday, in a public meeting that is...

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`Med-Start(ing)’ a Health Career and Interest in Higher Education

Since 1969, more than 1,000 high school students from Arizona’s most remote and under-represented areas have been accepted into the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson’s Med-Start program. The highly competitive health career interest program is a proven success with 80 percent of the program’s participants progressing on to higher education.

A part of the Office of Diversity and Inclusion at the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson, the Med-Start program has two goals: to address the critical shortage of a diverse health-care workforce and to provide students  opportunities to explore health careers and college  to successfully reach their academic and career goals.

Now in its 45th year, Med-Start at the UA  College of Medicine – Tucson counts among its alumni Gerardo “Jerry” Sanchez, mayor of San Luis, Ariz., who holds a Bachelor of Science  in microbiology and immunology and an advanced degree in medical technology from the UA;...

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Arizona Elks Pediatric Clinic Receives ‘Daniel T. Cloud Outstanding Teen Practice Immunization Award’

The Arizona Elks Pediatric Clinic at the University of Arizona Medical Center won the “Daniel T. Cloud Outstanding Teen Practice Immunization Award.”

The award was presented at the 18th Annual “Big Shots for Arizona Awards Ceremony,” by The Arizona Partnership for Immunization in Phoenix.

This award is given for reaching 90 percent immunization coverage levels by age 15. The vaccines assessed included one Tdap (protects against diphtheria, tetanus and whooping cough), one MCV (protects against meningitis) and one HPV (protects against cervical cancer) vaccine.

“I want to thank my staff and faculty for taking every opportunity to be sure our patients receive appropriate vaccinations,” said Kimberly Gerhart, MD, medical director of the clinic, assistant professor and division chief of General Pediatrics, UA Department of Pediatrics. “I especially thank Bridgette Favors, LPN, for helping us keep the clinic compliant with CDC/state guidelines, including vaccination schedules, vaccine administration and the handling and storage of vaccines.”

This is the second recognition the Arizona Elks...

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