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Sarver Heart Center 30th Anniversary Lecture Series: “Beating Your Odds Against Stroke: An update on prevention, treatments and acting FAST to preserve your brain”

Every year about 800,000 people suffer a stroke in the United States. Significant risk factors include atrial fibrillation (a heart rhythm disorder) and hypertension (high blood pressure). Treating these conditions can significantly reduce the risk of first or recurrent stroke. What else should you do to lower stroke risks and what happens when a person has a stroke?

“A number of advances have improved treatment for stroke patients, but it remains critical for people to call 911 when a stroke is suspected and get to a stroke treatment center as soon as possible,” said Bruce Coull, MD, professor of neurology, Department of Neurology at the UA College of Medicine - Tucson. Dr. Coull is part of the Banner-UMC Tucson’s Stroke Program, which includes a multidisciplinary team of specialists, such as stroke neurologists, neurovascular surgeons, neuro-intensive-care physicians and neuroradiologists. These specialists provide evidence-based treatment for acute strokes, including a new Neurocritical Care Unit with specialty-trained personnel.

As part of the Sarver Heart Center’s 30th Anniversary, the...

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Sixth Annual ‘Kids of Steele’ Mini Golf Event Raises $91,000 for UA Steele Children’s Research Center

Kids of Steele raised approximately $91,000 for the University of Arizona Steele Children’s Research Center at its Sixth Annual Mini Golf Event  Oct. 23 at Golf N’ Stuff.

Kids of Steele, the family auxiliary of the Steele Center, is comprised of local families who want to teach their children about service and kindness, while raising awareness and funds for the UA Steele Center.

"It was truly amazing to see our community come together to raise funds for much-needed pediatric medical research, giving hope to patients and their families," said Jenny Horn, Kids of Steele event chair.  

The event continues to grow every year. This year’s event raised $20,000 more than last year.

“The support offered by our sponsors and attendees helps patients know that they are not alone and that there are many who care about them and want to help make their dream of a cure through research a reality,” said Horn.

About 500 children and adults participated in the event, which included miniature golf, bumper boats, go-karts, laser tag, batting cages, arcade...

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Banner Health helping veterans through ‘Hiring Our Heroes’ program

Banner Health is helping military veterans obtain meaningful employment through the Hiring Our Heroes program, a national organization associated with the U.S. Chambers of Commerce that works with veterans transitioning to civilian life.

Master Sgt.  Alen Schulze, a telecommunication operations chief at Fort Huachuca, Ariz., is one of two Hire Our Heroes corporate fellowship program graduates recently hired by Banner Health in Arizona. He starts his new civilian career Monday as a systems consultant at Banner – University Medical Group in Tucson after 20 years of service in the U.S. Army.

Schulze enlisted on his 19th birthday and has seen six combat tours -- three in Afghanistan and three in Iraq. He also participated in 13 drug interdiction deployments in Central and South America.

“This is a terrific opportunity for companies like Banner to recruit employees who have already demonstrated high character and have gone through rigorous training,” said Naomi Cramer, senior vice president, chief human resources officer at Banner Health.  “We feel fortunate to...

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Art Gmitro, PhD, selected as 2016 Founders Day speaker

Congratulations to Arthur F. Gmitro, PhD, the 2016 Founders Day lecturer at the UA College of Medicine!

Founders Day is an occasion when we pause to honor the individuals whose scientific contributions allow the College of Medicine - Tucson to pursue its mission and fulfill its vision. The day is named in recognition of all those people, past and present, who have participated in the establishment and growth of the College. The Founders Day speaker is selected through a comprehensive process in the Office of the Dean, College of Medicine – Tucson. 

Please plan to join us to listen to and congratulate Dr. Gmitro at noon on November 17 in Kiewit Auditorium. A complimentary lunch will be provided. Please RVSP by November 10 to

More about Dr. Gmitro

Dr. Gmitro is a professor of Medical Imaging and Optical Sciences;...

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MedPride’s Month of HIV/AIDS Awareness and Action Culminates with All Souls Procession

MedPride, the College of Medicine – Tucson’s gay/straight medical student alliance organization – hosted a series of events throughout October to recognize HIV/AIDS Awareness and Action.

To culminate the month of activities, first-year medical students will carry the AIDS Ribbon at Tucson’s All Souls Procession on November 6. This eight-year tradition is a memorial to those lost to HIV/AIDS, and carrying this ribbon is a way for medical students to show commitment to support the partnership between the medical community and those of the HIV/AIDS community. 

“Carrying the AIDS ribbon during the All Souls Procession was one of the most meaningful experiences I had as a first year Medical Student,” said MedPride Vice President Claire Lamneck. “It was an incredible opportunity to show support, and make a promise as a future provider, to those lost to a disease that continues to affect so many.”

MedPride promotes awareness of LGBTQ issues in healthcare through events and providing medical students with the resources they need to care for LGBTQ patients. For more information contact

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Dr. Christopher Justinich Joins UA Department of Pediatrics and Banner Children’s at Diamond Children’s Medical Center

Christopher Justinich, MD, has joined the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson and Banner Children’s at Diamond Children’s Medical Center.

Dr. Justinich, professor, joined the Division of Gastroenterology and Nutrition. As a pediatric gastroenterologist, Dr. Justinich will provide gastroenterology and nutrition care for children at Banner – Diamond Children’s Multi-Specialty Center and Banner Children’s at Diamond Children’s Medical Center. 

Dr. Justinich brings special expertise in the area of food allergic disorders of the GI tract, and in eosinophilic esophagitis (EoE)—an inflammatory disease of the esophagus.

Dr. Justinich received his medical degree from Queen’s University (Kingston, Ontario). He completed a residency in pediatrics at the University of Ottawa Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario. He completed both a fellowship in pediatric gastroenterology and a research fellowship at the University of Montreal Sainte-Justine Hospital.

Hi research interests are in in allergic and...

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‘Back in Control – A Spine Surgeon’s Inside Look at Healing Back Pain’ Subject of UA Arthritis Center Lecture, Nov. 2

‘Back in Control – A Spine Surgeon’s Inside Look at Healing Back Pain’ will be presented Wednesday, Nov. 2, 6-7:15 p.m., at Banner – University Medical Center Tucson, DuVal Auditorium, 1501 N. Campbell Ave., Tucson. The 75-minute presentation will include time for questions and answers.

At any given time, 31 million Americans experience back pain and experts estimate that nearly 80 percent of the population will experience a back problem at some time in their lives.

Back pain is the second leading cause of disability in the United States and can be caused and influenced by a number of musculoskeletal issues. In his lecture, Kenneth A. Hood, DO, assistant professor of orthopaedic surgery at the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson and an orthopaedic spine surgeon at Banner - University Medical Center Tucson, will highlight his patient-centered approach to treatment on the pathway to healing back pain.

Back pain can be a complicated, personal experience. The back is a complex structure of bones, joints,...

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UA Health Sciences’ Virtual Learning Exercise Bridges Continents, Technology and Interdisciplinary Health Training

In emergency-care situations like cardiac arrest, the difference between life and death can be a matter of minutes, complicated by distance and access to health care. Working to overcome these challenges, the University of Arizona Health Sciences (UAHS) is using virtual learning technologies, including medical-simulation technology and the power of telemedicine to train interdisciplinary health-care teams.

Sharing its expertise internationally, the UA Health Sciences recently held a live, multi-site telemedicine simulation workshop that included students and faculty members in Flagstaff, Phoenix, Tucson and global attendees at Oxford University in the United Kingdom. The workshop was held to show how interprofessional training using telemedicine and simulation technology can save lives.

The workshop was held during the “All Together Better Health VIII Conference” at Oxford University and was made possible by Sally Reel, PhD, UAHS associate vice president for health sciences, interprofessional education, and Michael Holcomb, associate director of information technology at the Arizona Telemedicine Program (ATP).

The workshop provided...

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UA Cancer Center Scientist Recognized for ‘Bold Approach to Major Challenges in Biomedical Research’ through NIH Transformative Research Award

Keith Maggert, PhD, a research scientist at the University of Arizona Cancer Center, has received a prestigious Transformative Research Award (TRA) and a five-year, $1.7 million grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to fund his research program, “Induced Transgenerational Inheritance Without Epigenetics.”

Investigators previously have attempted to use drugs that target epigenetics to treat diseases. Dr. Maggert’s work demonstrates why these treatments, in general, largely have been ineffective and in some cases even toxic. With the knowledge gained by this research, Dr. Maggert will seek to identify new and effective treatments for epigenetic diseases, such as cancer.

Epigenetics is the study of stable changes in gene function that are passed from cell generation to cell generation. For instance, a gene can be silenced through epigenetic changes that are inherited in the absence of genetic mutation. Dr. Maggert’s transformative research is a new way to conceive of the field of epigenetics that challenges the current model and seeks to build a new paradigm to characterize epigenetics.

Although a...

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UA Endocrinology Lecture to Put Spotlight on Physical Activity, Sedentary Behavior and the Evolution of Human Health, Nov. 8

The evolutionary roots of physical activity and health are the subject of David Raichlen, PhD, an associate professor and research scientist in the University of Arizona School of Anthropology, who is the next speaker for the UA Endocrinology Grand Rounds.

He coauthored a recent article, published in the International Journal of Obesity, that looks at how genetics and physical activity or sedentary behavior affect body mass index. Researchers are investigating whether the amount of time you spend sitting, for instance, could serve as a risk factor for obesity and related diseases.

This lecture series was renewed in September 2016 by the UA Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism and is a collaboration with the new UA Health Sciences Center for Disparities in Diabetes, Obesity and Metabolism. The talks—held on the second Tuesdays of the month—are open to the public, as well as community physicians and other health-care professionals interested in learning more on these topics.

The title of Dr. Raichlen’s address is:


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