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Renowned Oncology Surgeon and Physician-Scientist Dr. William Cance Joins UA Cancer Center as Deputy Director to Lead Phoenix Efforts

William Cance, MD, has joined the University of Arizona Cancer Center as deputy director and will lead the efforts in Phoenix at the UA Cancer Center at Dignity Health St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center.

Dr. Cance is a fellowship-trained surgical oncologist who treats patients with complex gastrointestinal and endocrine cancers. He has a particular focus on the diagnosis and treatment of thyroid and parathyroid diseases, including thyroid cancer.

“I believe that the partnership between a National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center such as the UA Cancer Center and a world-class health-care organization such as Dignity Health St. Joseph’s will serve to integrate delivery of cancer care and bring new levels of excellence in cancer treatment and prevention to the Phoenix area and across Arizona,” said Dr. Cance.

As the only National Cancer Institute-designated cancer center headquartered in the state, the UA Cancer Center (UACC) is bringing the future of cancer care to downtown Phoenix. Medical staff, who have been recruited from across the nation, began seeing patients in August 2015...

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Skin Cancer Institute at UA Cancer Center Presents 7th Annual Melanoma Walk, Nov. 5

The Skin Cancer Institute at the University of Arizona Cancer Center will present the Seventh Annual Melanoma Walk on Saturday, Nov. 5, 1 to 7 p.m., on the UA Mall, 1209 E. University Blvd. Event activities begin at 1 p.m. and the walk starts at 4:30 p.m.

The 1.5 mile walk is family- and pet-friendly, and includes prizes and giveaways, music, a silent auction and activities for the kids. Free skin cancer screenings are available before the walk by appointment only; call 520-626-1074 to schedule.

Proceeds from the walk directly support melanoma research, community outreach, education and patient care in Arizona. The Skin Cancer Institute’s goal is to raise $75,000 to help fight melanoma.

Advance registration is $30 for adults, $15 for children ages 6 to 12, and free for children under age 5. Participants also may register as a “Skin Cancer Prevention Friend” (SPF) for $100, which provides one walk registration plus membership in the SPF program that supports the institute’s prevention and cure activities.

Several teams already have...

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UA Receives $10.3M to Help Unlock the Mystery of Alzheimer’s in Women

TUCSON, Ariz. – Why do more women than men get Alzheimer’s disease? In their quest to find the answer, neuroscientist Roberta Diaz Brinton, PhD, and her colleagues in the Center for Innovation in Brain Science at the University of Arizona Health Sciences have been awarded a $10.3 million five-year Program Project Grant (PPG) from the National Institute on Aging at the National Institutes of Health.

The number of women affected by this neurodegenerative brain disease that steals the mind is staggering. Of the more than 5 million Americans of all ages who have Alzheimer's disease in 2016, more than 3 million are women. By age 65, women have a 1 in 6 chance of developing Alzheimer’s, compared to a 1 in 11 chance for men. Women in their 60s are twice as likely to develop Alzheimer’s than to develop breast cancer.

Alzheimer’s also is deadly. It is the fifth-leading cause of death, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. And it is the only disease among the top 10 causes of death in America that cannot be prevented, cured or even slowed,...

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Kids of Steele Sixth Annual Mini Golf Event to Benefit UA Steele Children’s Research Center

Sunday, Oct. 23, 4 – 8 P.M.

Golf N’ Stuff, 6503 E. Tanque Verde Road

Starting at $55/individual; $225/foursome play package. Corporate sponsorships available. Registration/purchase tickets/more info:

Jenny Horn, (520) 406-4676

Kids of Steele, the family auxiliary of the University of Arizona Steele Children’s Research Center, will host its “Sixth  Annual Mini Golf Event” at Golf N’ Stuff, Sunday, Oct. 23, from 4 -8 P.M.

Kids of Steele 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.

The event is presented by VIP Mortgage – The Sundt Team.

“The event’s theme this year is ‘Hopes and Dreams,’” said Jenny Horn, Kids of Steele event chair. “We are promoting the idea that with community support we can use research and...

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UA’s Dr. Frank Porreca Honored by the International Association for the Study of Pain with the Ronald Melzack Lecture Award

Frank Porreca, PhD, associate head of the Department of Pharmacology at the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson, has been honored by the International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP) with the Ronald Melzack Lecture Award.

The award was presented during IASP’s 16thWorld Congress on Pain®in Yokohama, Japan, attended by 4,400 of the world’s top pain researchers and clinicians from more than 90 countries. Dr. Porreca, who also has joint appointments as professor in the Departments of Pharmacology and Anesthesiology, delivered the Ronald Melzack Distinguished Lecture, “Reward and Motivation in Pain and Pain Relief.”

The Ronald Melzack Lecture Award was created in 2010 by the IASP Council in honor of IASP Honorary Member Ronald Melzack, PhD, emeritus professor of psychology at McGill University, for his work and contributions to the science of pain. Award funding is provided by the Louise and Alan Edwards Foundation of Montreal, Canada, and the recipient is selected by the IASP Scientific Program Committee from among plenary...

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UA Health Sciences Hispanic Center of Excellence and UA Department of Spanish and Portuguese Introduce Spanish Language Classes for Health Sciences Students

To improve the cultural competency of future health-care providers looking to serve Hispanic communities, the University of Arizona Health Sciences (UAHS) Hispanic Center of Excellence and the UA Department of Spanish and Portuguese have introduced Spanish language classes for health sciences students.

The effort is part of a multi-faceted initiative to provide students interested in health sciences, including graduate students, a Spanish language learning experience. The aim is to improve population health outcomes by better preparing future and current health-care providers working among Spanish-speaking populations.

The UA Department of Spanish and Portuguese, in consultation with health professionals, developed the Spanish-language classes as part of a collaborative effort to increase the language competency of health-care professionals at UAHS colleges and the community at large. The classes will allow students to fulfill their undergraduate language requirements in classes designed to improve their health-related language...

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UA Cancer Center Team Questions the Safety, Efficacy of Selenium to Combat, Reduce Colorectal Cancer Risk

A 12-year study led by a team of University of Arizona Cancer Center researchers is bringing into question the safety and efficacy of selenium, a popular nutritional supplement touted to combat and reduce the risk of colorectal cancer.

The findings indicate the need for a significant change in practice, given that selenium supplements cannot be recommended for preventing colorectal cancer.

Selenium has been a popular nutritional supplement for decades, touted for its antioxidant properties and its role in stopping free radicals from damaging cells and DNA. Studies have shown a deficiency of this micronutrient to be associated with cancer risk.

However, a randomized clinical trial involving 1,824 participants from clinical centers in Arizona, Colorado, Texas and New York indicates that selenium supplements failed to prevent the development of colon polyps, but significantly increased the risk of developing type 2 diabetes in older individuals.

“The possibility that selenium supplements may increase the risk of type 2 diabetes has been hinted at before,” said Peter Lance, MD, deputy director of the UA Cancer Center and the study’s...

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2016 Homecoming & Reunion Weekend

2016 Homecoming & Reunion Weekend

Connect with classmates, faculty, friends and other alumni for a full schedule of fun, memorable events, including great lectures and learning opportunities and special tours created just for you!

Full lineup of events Register online

For more information, contact Suzanne Jameson by email or call 520-626-4647 and remember to wear your Wildcat red and blue!

Noted Type 2 Diabetes Expert Dr. David G. Marrero to Lead New UA Health Sciences Center for Border Health

David G. Marrero, PhD, a distinguished expert in diabetes education and research, has joined the University of Arizona Health Sciences as director of the newly established UAHS Center for Border Health, which will develop programs and strategies to improve health and wellbeing along the U.S.-Mexico border and across the greater Southwest.

Dr. Marrero, whose research has focused on medication adherence, community health programs, early diabetes intervention and translational medicine, also was appointed professor of public health at the UA Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health, Department of Health Promotion Sciences, and professor in the UA College of Medicine – Tucson, Department of Medicine, Division of Endocrinology.

“Dr. Marrero is a superb addition to the UAHS team,” said Joe G.N. "Skip" Garcia, MD, UA senior vice president for health sciences and the Dr. Merlin K. DuVal Professor of Medicine. “He has exceptional expertise in diabetes prevention and his proven ability to move clinical trials and translational research into the public sector will have a dramatic and immediate...

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Help Sarver Heart Center Celebrate its 30-Year History

Sarver Heart Center is celebrating its 30-year anniversary, building on its history of life-saving innovations, research and patient care by focusing on advancing heart disease research.

You can help this work to beat heart disease by joining the Sarver Heart Center Biorepository. It only takes three tablespoons of blood! Click here for more information.

Moving forward, Sarver Heart Center is focused on:

• Advanced heart disease, mechanical circulatory support, pulmonary hypertension and heart transplant
• Sudden cardiac arrest and resuscitation
• Precision cardiovascular therapies
• Cardiovascular health and wellness
• Health disparities

Learn more about the center’s past and present in this slideshow.