UA Steele Children’s Research Center Receives $2 Million from CDC to Continue Identifying Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders in Arizona

The University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson Steele Children’s Research Center received a four-year, $2 million grant from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to continue its Arizona Developmental Disabilities Surveillance Program (ADDSP).

The ADDSP is part of a multi-site effort to track autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and intellectual disabilities (ID) among U.S. school children. 

ADDSP has conducted ASD surveillance in Arizona since 2000 as part of the Autism and Developmental Disability Monitoring (ADDM) Network. The UA pediatrics team reviews thousands of special education and clinic records each study year to report on the number of 4- and 8-year-old children with ASD and/or ID and on the demographic and behavioral characteristics of the affected children. In study year 2010, ADDSP reported that approximately 1 in 64 8-year-olds living in Maricopa County had ASD, an increase from 1 in 154 children in 2000.   

The study is led by co-principal-...

[read more]

Jennifer Flores Appointed Associate Vice President and Chief Health Sciences Development Officer for the Arizona Health Sciences Center

Veteran fundraiser Jennifer Flores has been appointed associate vice president and chief health sciences development officer for the Arizona Health Sciences Center at the University of Arizona in Tucson.

Flores, who was appointed following a national search, joined the UA Jan. 5 and will provide senior strategic leadership and operations performance management of AHSC development activities. She reports to Joe G.N. “Skip” Garcia, MD, UA senior vice president for health sciences and interim dean of the UA College of Medicine – Tucson.

“We are excited to welcome Jennifer to the UA to lead AHSC philanthropic and charitable giving activities,” said Dr. Garcia. “She has an outstanding track record as a fundraising professional and a keen appreciation for – and understanding of – our unique clinical services, health professional education and training, and health-related community outreach and engagement missions.”

“It is my great pleasure to join the University of Arizona and the AHSC leadership team,” said Flores. “This is a very exciting time for the University and its health sciences enterprise and I...

[read more]

UA’s Dr. David Harris Appointed Executive Director of New Biorepository at Arizona Health Sciences Center

David T. Harris, PhD, professor of immunology at the University of Arizona, has been appointed executive director of the new Arizona Health Sciences Center Biorepository.  

Following a national search, Dr. Harris was selected to establish and lead the AHSC Biorepository, which will provide centralized, state-of-the-art specimen collection infrastructure and offer concierge-level technical and regulatory expertise to principal investigators engaged in research biospecimen activities. 

Dr. Harris brings more than 20 years of experience in biobanking to the repository, including establishment of the first cord blood stem cell bank in the United States in 1992. He also has extensive experience in adult stem cell banking, as well as the banking of other cells and tissues.

“I am excited by the opportunity to position my scientific research and technical and regulatory knowledge in the area of biospecimen collection and biobanking toward the development of a critical research resource for AHSC faculty and trainees,” said Dr. Harris. “The AHSC Biorepository will be a catalyst for research by providing the strategic collection and timely dissemination of...

[read more]

University of Arizona Sarver Heart Center Presents Healthy Heart Day 2015, Feb. 7

Join the University of Arizona Sarver Heart Center on Saturday, Feb. 7, for an interactive, informative day of heart-healthy presentations, screenings and activities. Cardiovascular disease is the number one killer of Americans. This disease group includes heart failure, atrial fibrillation, heart-valve problems, sudden cardiac arrest, stroke, diabetes and more, and is responsible for about 600,000 deaths and 720,000 heart attacks in the United States each year. Learn how you can partner with health experts to reduce your risks.

Start the day with a health fair, including free screenings for blood pressure, glucose, breathing assessment and medication consults with UA College of Pharmacy students. Browse heart-health information tables. Try tai chi and laughter yoga. Learn about the latest heart health updates from University of Arizona Sarver Heart Center experts.

WHAT:          Healthy Heart Day 2015

WHEN:          Saturday, February 7, 2015, 7:30 a.m. to 2:15 p.m.

WHERE:        University of Arizona Medical Center - University Campus, 1501 N. Campbell...

[read more]

University of Arizona Arthritis Center’s 2015 Living Healthy With Arthritis Conference, Jan. 24

“The Healing Power of Sleep...Chief Nourisher of the Mind, Heart and Body” will be addressed by keynote speaker Sairam Parthasarathy, MD, at the University of Arizona Arthritis Center’s 2015 Living Healthy With Arthritis conference on Saturday, Jan. 24, 9 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. (check-in begins at 8 a.m.), at the University of Arizona Medical Center-University Campus, DuVal Auditorium, 1501 N. Campbell Ave., Tucson. 

Dr. Parthasarathy is associate professor of medicine in the Division of Pulmonary, Allergy, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine of the Department of Medicine, UA College of Medicine – Tucson; medical director of the Center for Sleep Disorders at the UAMC-University Campus; associate director of Sleep and Circadian Sciences at the Arizona Respiratory Center; and program director of the UA Sleep Medicine Fellowship Program. 

The 2015 Living Healthy With Arthritis Conference also will cover...

[read more]

‘Molecular Truck’ Could Deliver New Treatment Option for Kids with Ulcerative Colitis

Researchers at the University of Arizona have developed a novel drug and delivery system to treat inflammation and ulcerations in the colon. 

This novel drug and delivery system, a carrier drug the research team has termed a “molecular truck,” shows promise in treating ulcerative colitis, one of the two forms of Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD).

The development and testing of the “molecular truck” was completed by Eugene A. Mash Jr., PhD, professor, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, College of Science; pediatric gastroenterologist Fayez K. Ghishan, MD, professor and head, Department of Pediatrics and director of the UA Steele Children’s Research Center, College of Medicine – Tucson; and Pawel Kiela, PhD, associate professor, Department of Pediatrics and Steele Center researcher in the area of gastroenterology.

“This drug has the potential to be a major advancement in the...

[read more]

AHSC Report Outlines Achievements, Plans

A just-published annual report from the Arizona Health Sciences Center highlights many of its programs, major accomplishments and plans for growth, as AHSC seeks to deliver on the goals outlined in the University of Arizona’s "Never Settle" strategic plan.

Dr. Joe G.N. "Skip" Garcia, who became UA senior vice president for health sciences a little more than a year ago, worked closely with the five UA health sciences colleges, as well as with centers and units across campus and beyond, to identify four areas of biomedical research excellence on which AHSC will focus its efforts:

Health disparities Population health and health outcomes Precision health Neuroscience

These targeted areas of excellence will help accelerate AHSC’s efforts to positively impact health care in our state and nation, expand its sponsored research portfolio, and improve the quality and diversity of Arizona’s health professions workforce.

"This is a very exciting time at the University of Arizona," Garcia said. "I continue to be impressed by the pioneering spirit of our institution and the willingness of people here to reach out and work across disciplines and geography...

[read more]

Additional Santa Claus Visits to UAMC-Diamond Children’s

WHAT:  Additional Santa Claus Visits to UAMC-Diamond Children’s
Santa and volunteers from local organizations help make hospitalized children’s holidays “merry and bright.”

WHEN:  MONDAY, DEC. 22, 2 P.M.
              TUESDAY, DEC. 23, NOON
              THURSDAY, DEC. 25, 8:30 A.M.

WHERE: University of Arizona Medical Center-Diamond Children’s (Lobby)
1501 N. Campbell Ave., Tucson

Santa Claus is scheduled to make additional visits to patients at the University of Arizona Medical Center-Diamond Children’s, 1501 N. Campbell Ave., on the following dates:

Monday, Dec. 22, 2 p.m.
Santa and members from the Arizona Highway Patrolman’s Association will visit and give Christmas bears to patients.
Media contact: Darci Slaten, 520-990-4186

Tuesday, Dec. 23, Noon
Organized by ...

[read more]

Little Boy with a Big Heart: Garrett Tews Donates Teddy Bears and Stuffed Animals to Patients at UAMC-Diamond Children’s for Christmas

WHEN:  MONDAY, DEC. 22, 10 A.M.

WHERE: University of Arizona Medical Center-Diamond Children’s (Lobby), 1501 N. Campbell Ave., Tucson

Garrett Tews, 7, has a big heart for hospitalized children.

For the third year in a row, Garrett has collected teddy bears and other stuffed animals to give to patients at the University of Arizona Medical Center-Diamond Children’s and Tucson Medical Center.

Garrett has collected more than 200 stuffed animals from various businesses around town. He will donate a portion of them to UAMC-Diamond Children’s, 1501 N. Campbell Ave., on Monday, Dec. 22, at 10 a.m.

“I want every patient to have a new bear or stuffed animal on Christmas morning,” said Garrett.

“This is a special donation,” said Lori Mitts, BS, CCLS, child life manager at Diamond Children’s. “We always are so touched when a child wants to help other children. The teddy bears and stuffed animals Garrett collected will certainly bring a smile to our patients’ faces!”

Arizona Elks Major Projects Donate $125,000 to UA Steele Center

The University of Arizona Steele Children’s Research Center has received a $125,000 donation from the Arizona Elks Major Projects

This donation is part of the Arizona Elks’ commitment to raise $2.5 million for the UA Steele Center over the next 10 years.

The check was presented to Lori Stratton, Steele Center development director, during the Arizona Elks’ mid-year convention in Phoenix.

“We are so grateful for the Elks’ lodges across Arizona who work hard throughout the year to raise funds for the UA Steele Center,” said Stratton. “It was amazing to attend their convention and witness their outpouring of support. I continue to be inspired by their commitment and generosity.”

Of their $2.5 million commitment, $1 million will support basic science research in autoimmune diseases such as type 1 diabetes, multiple sclerosis, inflammatory bowel disease and celiac disease. In addition, funds will support the UA Steele Center’s new Phoenix location, which is  focusing  on clinical research projects in the areas of neonatology and autism.


[read more]