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UA College of Medicine – Tucson Student Honored with Outstanding Graduate Service Award

Kirsten Concha-Moore, a second-year student at the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson, is the recipient of the UA Native American Student Affairs Outstanding Graduate Service Award.  She was honored for her service to the UA Health Sciences, health advocacy for tribal communities and work in health research, education, outreach and recruitment.

 A dedicated partner in health professions advocacy, Concha-Moore is an active member of the admissions committee at the UA College of Medicine – Tucson. She supports the enrollment of registered members of federally recognized tribes through personal outreach to medical school applicants and provides welcoming experiences during their interview visits to the College with follow-up informational conversations. Affiliated with the Taos Pueblo, Jemez Pueblo and Laguna Pueblo tribes, Concha-Moore is active with fellow American Indian medical students, encouraging them to become advocates to expand their representation in the College.

Representing the UA Health Sciences in regional and national professional conferences, including the Association of American Indian Physicians, the Four Corner’s...

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Two UA Health Sciences Faculty-Physicians Honored for Commitment to the Health of Underserved Communities

Chicanos Por La Causa, Inc. (CPLC) will honor Jessica Moreno, MD, and Cecilia Rosales, MD, MS, faculty-physicians at the University of Arizona Health Sciences for their commitment to ensuring that underserved families throughout Southern Arizona receive excellent health care.

The two distinguished honorees will receive the organization’s “Cause for Change Award” for their distinguished careers as leaders in health and education, whose sacrifice and dedication to the community has significant impact today, and on many generations to come. This year’s 36th annual CPLC Southern Arizona Anniversary Dinner and Awards Ceremony will be held at Desert Diamond Casinos and Entertainment Casino in Tucson on Thursday, June 2, at 6 p.m.

In addition to recognizing outstanding leaders, the Southern Arizona Anniversary Dinner serves as one of CPLC’s largest fundraising events, bringing together community leaders, the public, and private sectors, as well as the business community, to benefit CPLC programs and services


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Pioneering Research Tool Developed at UA College of Medicine – Phoenix

In partnership with the University of Luxembourg (link is external), scientists at the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix have developed a new instrument for studying a biological model of the human gastrointestinal tract that mimics the actual conditions and processes that occur within the intestine.

The research, published earlier this month in Nature Communications, will allow scientists to see how cells from individuals respond to certain drugs, allowing them to formulate personalized drug therapies. With the organ-on-a-chip technology, researchers can analyze the complex interactions between human cells and the microbial ecosystems of the gut, predicting their effects on health or disease onset, and study the action of probiotics, nutritional compounds or drugs.

The “Human-Microbial Cross-Talk” model, or HuMiX, was designed and prototyped at the College of Medicine’s ...

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UA Health Sciences Employee Excellence Recognized

A major economic engine that garners more than $126 million in research grants and contracts annually with nearly 1,000 faculty members and almost 5,000 employees, the University Arizona Health Sciences each year recognizes the outstanding efforts of staff and appointed personnel working within and among its colleges. 

The 2016 Awards of Excellence Ceremony was held  April 16 and is organized by the UA Health Sciences Staff Advisory Committee members, who each year seek nominations for a variety of awards to recognize the service of UA Health Sciences staff and appointed personnel.

The Georgia Reynolds Dedicated Service Award honors permanent classified staff members or appointed professionals (excluding deans and directors), who have at least 15 years of cumulative employment with strong service to UAHS, as well as the community. Jack Roberts, assistant to the chair of the Department of Otolaryngology with the UA College of Medicine – Tucson was honored with the award for his contributions as ombudsperson, and for his community service and leadership...

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UA Researcher Maps Potential Danger Areas for the Vector That Transmits Zika Virus

With concern growing over a potential epidemic related to the Zika virus, a team of scientists with collaborators from the University of Arizona has defined higher risk areas in the United States. The team was led by National Center for Atmospheric Research scientist, Andrew Monaghan, PhD.

Researcher Kacey Ernst, PhD, MPH, associate professor and infectious disease epidemiologist at the UA Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health, said the factors included in the assessment of the 50 jurisdictions were:
1) The relative modeled abundance of Ae. aegypti;
2) Travel from areas where Zika is currently transmitted; and
3) Poverty as an indicator of vector-human contact.

The Aedes aegypti mosquito, which is spreading the Zika virus in Latin America and the Caribbean, is expected to increase across much of the southern and eastern United States as the weather warms, according to a recent study led by mosquito and disease experts at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) and the UA.


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UA Health Sciences Supports Diverse and Determined Pathways to Medicine

From a refugee camp in Kenya to growing up in a border town near the Navajo Nation, to leaving a beach-side resort town in Mexico, to being homeschooled through high school in Ohio, four University of Arizona graduate students share an unlikely path to medical school.

In a nation facing a shortage of between 45,000 to 90,000 physicians by 2025, the University of Arizona Health Sciences is working to meet Arizona’s physician needs while also focusing on ensuring their medical students are representative of the diversity found within the state and the nation.

Through the Pathway Scholars Program (PSP) at the UA College of Medicine – Phoenix and the Pre-Medical Admissions Pathway (P-MAP) program at the UA College of Medicine – Tucson, the UA Health Sciences has successfully found a way to improve the diversity...

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Dr. Gregorio named Vice Dean for Innovation and Development for UA College of Medicine – Tucson

Carol Gregorio, PhD, has been appointed vice dean for innovation and development in the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson (COM-T), effective May 9. In this role, she will enhance innovation and development through strategic partnering and team building, and will provide strategic vision, oversight, liaison activities and advocacy for COM-T research.

Dr. Gregorio will continue as head of the Department of Cellular and Molecular Medicine and as director of the Sarver Heart Center Molecular Cardiovascular Research Program.

“There is increasing opportunity for integration of COM-T strategic directions with its academic, clinical, research and development partners. Dr. Gregorio’s effective leadership and team building skills are critical to coordinating efforts to achieve synergy among these partners,” said Charles B. Cairns, MD, FACEP, FAHA, dean of the UA College of Medicine – Tucson.

“Dr. Gregorio has experience, enthusiasm and success with collaborative research funding and broad-based program development,” said Anne Cress, PhD...

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People on the Move at UA College of Medicine – Tucson and Banner – University Medical Center

UA and Banner Welcome Pediatrician Dr. William L. Holm

Dr. Holm, clinical assistant professor, joined the Division of General Pediatrics. He will provide general pediatric care for children at Banner – University Medicine Multi-Specialty Services – Pediatrics and specialized endocrine care for children at Diamond Children’s Multi-Specialty Center.

Dr. Holm received his MD from the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson.  He completed a residency in pediatrics from USC Medical Center, and then completed a fellowship in pediatric endocrinology from UCLA Medical Center.

Before joining the UA and Banner, Dr. Holm worked as a pediatric endocrinologist at Dignity Health Medical Group, in Henderson, Nevada.

He is board certified in general pediatrics and pediatric endocrinology.


UA and Banner Welcome Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrician Dr. Catherine S. Riley

Dr. Riley,assistant professor, joined the Division of Genetics and Behavioral Pediatrics.

As a pediatric developmental and behavioral pediatrician, Dr. Riley will provide care for children with autism, ADHD, language delay, learning...

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UA College of Medicine – Phoenix Holds Sixth Graduation

Sixty-six University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix medical students officially became physicians Monday during ceremonies that marked the sixth graduation for the downtown Phoenix medical school.

Led by a bagpipe and drum corps, commencement exercises began with a procession from the college to Phoenix Symphony Hall, where the graduates were officially conferred their Doctor of Medicine degrees. The UA College of Medicine – Phoenix has now graduated 273 physicians in six years. The school opened in 2007 in what was then the largest city in the nation without an allopathic (MD-granting) medical school. The College is helping address the critical shortage of physicians in Arizona.

Kenneth S. Ramos, MD, PhD, PharmB, interim dean of the UA College of Medicine – Phoenix, told the graduates they represent “the most important element in the amazing evolution and transformation of the College of Medicine – Phoenix as we strive to achieve our place among the best institutions of higher learning in educating physicians and advancing the frontiers of medicine.

“We send you out as ambassadors of the College of Medicine – Phoenix,” Dr. Ramos said. “Please become...

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Dr. Akinlolu Ojo Leads Discussion About Precision Medicine with Bioscience Leaders

Akinlolu Ojo, MD, MPH, PhD, MBA, was the keynote speaker at the 2016 AZBio Expo (link is external), which brought together more than 200 Arizona leaders and students in bioscience.

Dr. Ojo, associate vice president for Clinical Research and Global Health Initiatives at the University of Arizona Health Sciences (UAHS), discussed the significance of Precision Medicine efforts, saying it’s a concept that has been percolating for 20 years, but is now coming to fruition.

The reasons Precision Medicine’s time has arrived, he said, is that costs to analyze individual genomes have dropped considerably, electronic health records have made large amounts of data available to researchers and most U.S. adults have mobile phones, which allow them to use new technologies such as wearable sensors that can measure heart health, blood pressure and glucose levels.

“Precision medicine is a way of treating and preventing disease that takes into account variability among individuals’ genetic foundation in their...

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