Kids of Steele Host ‘Team Up With UA Football Coach Rich Rodriguez’

WHAT:  Kids of Steele Host ‘Team Up With UA Football Coach Rich Rodriguez’


WHERE:  Arizona Stadium, 1 National Championship Drive, University of Arizona

Kids of Steele will host a “Team Up” event with UA football Coach Rich Rodriguez on Thursday, April 9, from 5 to 6 p.m.

The event is for children 5 years through 8th grade. Participants will have the opportunity to participate in practice drills and other football activities with Coach Rodriguez and his staff.

“Kids of Steele is so grateful to Rich Rodriguez, his staff and players for giving these kids an experience they will never forget,” said Cecie Davenport, Kids of Steele board member.

This year, a balloon release will honor the memory of Dana Morgan, an ardent UA Football fan who passed away from complications due to leukemia in January at the age of 10.  Dana and her family were one of the first Kids of Steele member families. “We miss Dana’s infectious smile and...

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Third Annual Interprofessional Rural Health Professions Conference, April 17

EVENT: Third Annual Interprofessional Rural Health Professions Conference, April 17

The conference is free and open to the public and will feature international cultural wisdom authority, Roberto Dansie, PhD, who will share insights on cultural competency, rural health and interprofessional education and practice. Participants will complete workshop activities on cultural self-awareness and the practice of culturally competent care.

Registration is open until April 9. To register, please view the preliminary agenda, and learn about the poster session, at:

KEYNOTE:  Roberto Dansie, PhD, a clinical psychologist and a member of the Toltec tribe of Mexico, who is recognized internationally as a contemporary authority on cultural wisdom

DATE/TIME: Friday, April 17, 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

LOCATION:  DuVal Auditorium, Banner – University Medical Center Tucson
1501 N. Campbell Ave.

TUCSON, Ariz. – The Third Annual Interprofessional Rural Health...

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UA Researchers Release ‘See Me Smoke-Free,’ First Mobile App Designed to Help Women Quit Smoking, Eat Well and Get Moving

See Me Smoke-Free, the first multi-behavioral mobile health (mHealth) app designed to help women quit smoking, eat well and get moving, now is available for free on the Google Play Store. 

The Android phone app, officially released March 30, uses guided imagery to help women resist the urge to smoke, while encouraging them to make healthful food choices and increase their physical activity. The app can be downloaded at 

See Me Smoke Free was developed by a multi-disciplinary research team, headed by Judith S. Gordon, PhD, associate professor and associate head for research with the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson

The goal of See Me Smoke-Free is to provide an overall sense of well-being and self-efficacy, said Dr. Gordon. “We want women to recognize that they are strong, they are beautiful, they are powerful and they’re in control of their lives,” she said. “And...

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After Deep Brain Stimulation Surgery, Tucson Mom with Parkinson’s Finds Joy in Simple Things

The tremors and stiffness that prevented Maureen Raine from doing so much of what she loved have all but disappeared after she underwent deep brain stimulation surgery – or DBS – in July.

The surgery was performed by Willard S. Kasoff, MD, MPH, a University of Arizona neurosurgeon and director of the Neuromodulation Program in the UA Department of Surgery.

Raine, who suffers from a young-onset form of Parkinson’s disease, first began having difficulty using her right side due to tremors and stiffness. Diagnosed at age 37, her disease was progressing quickly, and she relied on high doses of medication in an attempt to control symptoms. The frequent dosing and side effects of her medication, called Levodopa, interrupted her days and began to take over her life.

Now, on most days, Raine forgets she has Parkinson’s disease.

“What is amazing is all of the joyful things I got back,” said this 40-year-old Tucson personal trainer, who keeps a growing list of “Things I Can Do After My Surgery.” (See box.)

On the list is cooking, petting her dogs, washing her hair with both hands,...

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Longtime ADHS Director Will Humble Joins AHSC’s Center for Population Science and Discovery

Will Humble, MPH, longtime director of the Arizona Department of Health Services, has been appointed division director for health policy and evaluation at the Center for Population Science and Discovery at the Arizona Health Sciences Center.

A Tucson native, Humble is scheduled to join the UA April 13 and will report to Elizabeth Calhoun, PhD, MEd, associate vice president for population health sciences and executive director of the Center for Population Science and Discovery.

“The Center for Population Science and Discovery Center is well-positioned to bring the kind of analytical depth needed to catalyze improvements in population health in Arizona,” said Dr. Calhoun. “Will brings unique skills and strong relationships to the center – a perfect fit for our strategic goal to create linkages among researchers, public health organizations, health providers, health systems and payers to improve population health and reduce health-care costs,” she added.


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UA Scientist in Phoenix Helping Develop Test for Monitoring Biological Effects of Radiation, Could Save Lives

Imagine a simple blood test that could confirm just how much radiation was reaching your cancerous tumor. Or just how much radiation exposure an astronaut is receiving on a mission to Mars.

A University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix faculty member is part of team that is developing cutting-edge tests that eventually could be used in just that fashion.

“We are that much closer to having a test that could be used to measure the amount of radiation being focused on a particular body area, which could save lives in the event of a radiological accident, or for better assessing the radiation dose delivered to a specific tissue providing more precise treatment of cancer,” said Frederic Zenhausern, PhD, MBA. “But this could also help in better understanding the biological mechanisms of tissue resistance to radiation and other effects.”

The research is part of the university’s overall effort to advance initiatives in precision health, which aims to improve delivery of specific treatments and preventative measures in relation to the unique aspects of each patient and their...

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Sixth Annual ‘Travels in Medicine: Exploring the Global Health Community’ Photography Exhibit through April 24

The sixth annual “Travels in Medicine: Exploring the Global Health Community,” an exhibit of photographs by Arizona Health Sciences Center students that provide vivid and inspirational depictions of their experiences providing health care in the United States and abroad, is on display through Friday, April 24, at the Arizona Health Sciences Library, 1501 N. Campbell Ave., Tucson.

This year more than 30 photographs by UA College of Medicine – Tucson students depict their global health experiences, ranging from community outreach, international development and health training and advocacy to socio-economic or political influences. A world map highlights the areas where the students traveled. Jessica N. Sanchez, a third-year UA medical student, served as exhibit coordinator.

The exhibit is presented annually by the Global Health Forum (GHF), a student-run organization at the UA College of Medicine – Tucson, in conjunction with the...

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UA Arthritis Center and UA Athletics Team Up For 2015 Desert Diamond Bear Down Luncheon, April 16

Whether you’re a sports professional or a weekend warrior, a fan watching from the sidelines or someone with no interest in sports at all, you probably are aquainted with joint pain, perhaps even arthritis.

Combating arthritis, the most debilitating disease in society today, requires a team effort – and that’s why the University of Arizona Arthritis Center is teaming up with the UA Department of Intercollegiate Athletics for the game-changing 2015 Desert Diamond/University of Arizona Arthritis Center Bear Down Luncheon, to benefit the UA Arthritis Center (UAAC) and its research efforts to find a cure for arthritis.

This unique event, sponsored by Desert Diamond Casinos & Entertainment, will be held Thursday, April 16, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., at Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar, 6360 N. Campbell Ave., Tucson.

Since it began in the early 1980s, the UAAC partnership with Arizona Wildcat athletics has raised more than $1.7 million for the UAAC, a leader in the development...

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UA Cardiothoracic Surgeon Dr. Zain Khalpey Receives Prestigious Fulbright Award

Zain Khalpey, MD, PhD, FETCS, associate professor of surgery at the University of Arizona, surgical co-director of Heart Transplant and director of Mechanical Circulatory Support and Mitral Valve Program at Banner – University Medical Center Tucson, has been awarded a 2015-16 Fulbright U.S. Scholar.

Awards in the Fulbright Distinguished Chairs Program are viewed as among the most prestigious appointments in the Fulbright Scholar Program. Candidates are eminent scholars and have a significant publication and teaching record.

Beginning in this fall or early 2016, Dr. Khalpey will spend three months at the Medical University of Gdansk in Poland, continuing his collaborative work with Ryszard T. Smolenski, MD, PhD, in the field of translational adult stem cell therapy to repair damaged hearts.

Injection of adult stem cells into the damaged heart muscle of animal models and humans has shown an improvement of cardiac function. That improvement, unfortunately, has been temporary, disappearing after three to six months. Dr. Khalpey’s research seeks to better understand the bioenergetic...

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AHSC Launches `BLAISER’ to Enhance Biomedical Research Training Opportunities for Underrepresented Students

To increase the number of translational biomedical research and academic health professional graduates from underrepresented communities, the Arizona Health Sciences Center has announced the new Border Latino & American Indian Summer Exposure to Research (BLAISER) program.  

The federally funded, cutting-edge, 10-week, paid undergraduate research experience is designed to help underrepresented students become competitive medical school, health professions and biosciences-focused graduate school applicants. 

Underrepresented students, including Latino, Native American and African American undergraduate juniors or seniors majoring in biology, chemistry, physiology, microbiology, engineering, computer sciences and similar fields, who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents with a cumulative 3.25 GPA are invited to apply. Applications are being accepted through April 1.  

Students who are accepted to the...

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