How heart cells and vascular cells “talk” to each other, and what happens when they fail to communicate, is the topic of a free public lecture, “Communication: A Necessity of Life!,” by Janis M. Burt, PhD, on Monday, Nov. 18, noon to 1 p.m., in DuVal Auditorium, The University of Arizona Medical Center–University Campus, 1501 N. Campbell Ave., Tucson. (Please note: There is a parking fee of $1.50 per hour, cash only, in The UAMC–University Campus visitor/patient parking garage.)
Dr. Burt is professor of physiology and research professor of surgery at the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson, where she also is a member of the UA Sarver Heart Center and the Diabetes Research Program in the Division of Endocrinology.
During the event, Dr. Burt will receive the 2013 Faculty Science Forum Founders Day Award. The Founders Day lectureship was established in 1979 to recognize and honor UA...[read more]
Cindy McCain, Wife of Senator John McCain, and Mike Fourtner, Star of Discovery Channel’s ‘Deadliest Catch’ to Tour and Visit Patients at Diamond Children’s
Cindy McCain, wife of Senator John McCain and Mike Fourtner, star of Discovery Channel’s, “Deadliest Catch,” will visit patients and tour The University of Arizona Medical Center – Diamond Children’s on Wednesday, November 13, 3:00-5:00p.m.
Mrs. McCain and Mr. Fourtner will tour the lobby of Diamond Children’s, the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU), and the Helipad. After the tour, they will visit with hospitalized children.
In addition, there will be “Under the Sea” themed games, prizes, and photos for current patients, their siblings and families on the 5th floor lobby of Diamond Children’s. Refreshments will be served.
About Cindy McCain
As a member of the Board of Trustees for the HALO Trust, a non-profit organization dedicated to landmine removal and weapons...[read more]
Arizona Telemedicine Program’s ‘Northern Arizona Telemedicine Corridor’ Becomes a National Model of a ‘Telehealth Ecosystem’
When telemedicine programs reach a critical size, the programs can achieve sustainability and even experience accelerated growth. That’s happening in northern Arizona along a 340-mile-long corridor surrounding Interstate 40, between Arizona’s borders with New Mexico and California.
Many of the hospital facilities and community health centers in this large swath of Arizona are members of the Arizona Health Sciences Center’s Arizona Telemedicine Program (ATP), established in 1996 by the Arizona State Legislature to provide accessible, top-quality health care to rural Arizonans.
“The ‘Northern Arizona Telemedicine Corridor’ fulfills our highest expectations of what we could achieve via telemedicine when we started the ATP in 1996,” said Ronald S. Weinstein, MD, the ATP’s founding director. “Not only have these organizations established a ‘telehealth ecosystem,’ they are national models of health-care excellence in their own right.”
The rapid growth of northern Arizona’s telemedicine cooperating programs in recent years was reported at the Arizona...[read more]
The University of Arizona’s Valley Fever Center for Excellence in Tucson and Phoenix will host special events during the 11th annual Valley Fever Awareness Week, Nov. 9-17.
Highlighting the events are two appearances by U.S. Rep. David Schweikert, R-Ariz., co-chairman of the Congressional Valley Fever Task Force, who will help promote community awareness of the disease and its impacts.
The congressman will be at a Phoenix event on Monday, Nov. 11, at 6 p.m., hosted by The 3000 Club, a local service group, featuring a presentation from John Galgiani, MD, director of the UA Valley Fever Center for Excellence. The event will be held at 1741 W. Rose Garden Lane, Suites 6-9, Phoenix. Seating is limited. Please RSVP to Ethel Luzario at firstname.lastname@example.org
Rep. Schweikert also plans to attend an event in Tucson at the end of the week, on Sunday, Nov. 17, 1-4 p.m., where a panel of physicians and scientists from the Valley Fever Center for Excellence will discuss the disease. The event will be held at the BIO5 Institute, Room 103, 1657 E. Helen...[read more]
Members from UA Football Team to Deliver ‘SHINE ON Tucson’ Jars and Toys to Children at Diamond Children’s
TUCSON, Ariz. – Members from the UA football team are kicking off Homecoming weekend by visiting pediatric patients at The University of Arizona Medical Center – Diamond Children’s on Friday, Nov. 8, 1 p.m. They will distribute toys and jars full of goodies assembled by volunteers of SHINE ON Tucson.
“Our patients love being visited by members from the UA athletic teams,” says Sarena Rogers, a Diamond Children’s child life specialist. “The visits from the UA athletes and the gifts from SHINE ON Tucson, lift the spirits of our patients, which is so important to the healing process.”
“These jars are hugs from the community – we want the children and families to know they are not alone, and that members of the Tucson community are thinking about them and giving them something unexpected to smile about,” says Janey Russell, founder of SHINE ON Tucson.
SHINE ON Tucson partners with UA student-athletes to visit patients and distribute jars on a monthly basis.
The University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson and the University of Arizona Health Network have announced the creation of a professional program to ensure that the learning and work environment at the COM/UAHN is conducive to high-quality education and patient care.Steve Goldschmid, MD, dean of the UA College of Medicine and Michael Waldrum, MD and CEO of the UA Health Network have appointed Dr. Bruce Coull, Vice-Dean of the COM and Deputy Dean for Clinical Affairs, chair of the Professionalism Program. The Professionalism Program and its committee members share the responsibility of the maintenance of an appropriate learning and work environment that is reflective of the mission and goals of the institutions.
The Professionalism Program committee members include representatives from the College of Medicine and the UA Health Network who will meet regularly to evaluate the learning and work environment to identify positive and negative influences on the maintenance of professional standards and conduct.
The UA Health Network and the College of Medicine have aligned their strategic plans to ensure the delivery of medical education that is innovative,...[read more]
The University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson Awarded Prestigious Donald W. Reynolds Foundation Grant
The University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson has been awarded a prestigious grant from the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation to strengthen physician training in geriatrics.
With the rapid growth of the American elderly population, especially in Arizona, an urgent need exists to assure that all physicians are prepared to provide the best of care for older adults. This $1 million grant (The University of Arizona Health Network provided an additional $847,845 of matching) provides much-needed support to train Arizona’s physicians in geriatric care, with an emphasis on hospitalists and surgical and medical specialists. This grant program will support and extend the successes of the Arizona Reynolds Program of Applied Geriatrics, founded in 2006 by a previous Reynolds grant, which built an infrastructure of excellence in geriatric education and training.
“This generous grant from the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation will ensure that hospitalized older adults will be cared for by specialists who have been trained to meet the unique health-care needs of older adults,” said Principal Investigator Mindy...[read more]
The Interdisciplinary Consortium on Advanced Motion Performance (iCAMP) and the Arizona Center on Aging at the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson have been awarded a grant from the Alzheimer’s Research and Prevention Foundation for an innovative pilot study on fall prevention involving residents living at Villa Hermosa Senior Living Center in Tucson.
At least 30 percent of persons age 65 and older experience one or more falls each year, and this percentage increases to 40 percent after age 75. Falls are a major health problem in older adults, causing fall-related complications such as fractures, head injuries and post-fall anxiety.
“This generous grant will help us to evaluate an innovative combined virtual-reality-based balance training and meditation intervention for reducing the risk of falling in older adults,” said Michael Schwenk, PhD, co-principal investigator for the study and a research fellow with the iCAMP team in the UA Department of Surgery. “What we learn can be translated to older adults living in the home and community to...[read more]
UA’s Dr. Wayne Morgan Receives the ‘Richard C. Talamo Distinguished Clinical Achievement Award’ from the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
Wayne Morgan, MD, University of Arizona professor of pediatrics and physiology, received the prestigious Richard C. Talamo Distinguished Clinical Achievement Award at the 27th Annual North American Cystic Fibrosis Conference Oct. 17 in Salt Lake City.
The award is given to individuals who have spent their careers in the research and care of patients with cystic fibrosis and whose contributions have had significant influence on the course of the disease.
“This is the most prestigious award given by the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation to a clinician,” said Michele Murphy, executive director of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Southern Arizona. “We are very proud and grateful for the care provided by Dr. Morgan and his team.”
Dr. Morgan, division chief of pulmonology, allergy and immunology in the UA Department of Pediatrics, has worked with the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (CFF) for more than 30 years. He served on the Clinical Research Committee for 10 years and chaired or participated in other grant reviews for the CFF. He is also the founding chair of the CFF Data Safety Monitoring Board, which oversees CFF clinical research to...[read more]
TUCSON, Ariz. – John Nolte, PhD, professor emeritus of cellular and molecular medicine at the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson, passed away on October 22.
A faculty member at the UA College of Medicine since 1990, Dr. Nolte’s impact upon the college and its medical students will be noted for generations.
He is survived by his wife Kathy, his mother, Joan Nolte, of Toms River, N.J., and his sister, Barbara Nolte of Staten Island, N.Y. He is also survived by his stepson, Will McNeal and his wife, Tracy, and granddaughters Margaret, Nora and Phoebe and his parrot, Megawatt, and dog, Emily Ann.
The UA Department of Cellular and Molecular Medicine will host a memorial for Dr. Nolte on Monday, November 25 at DuVal Auditorium, room 2600, at the University of Arizona Medical Center – University Campus. The memorial will begin at 11 a.m. with a reception following.
Serving as the director of the human neuroscience course and the nervous system block, Dr. Nolte’s passion and dedication for teaching were undeniable, with both routinely being ranked as the highest of all basic science courses...[read more]