Dr. Audrey Russell-Kibble

Dr. Audrey Russell-Kibble Receives First Joint Faculty Appointment between UA College of Nursing and Family and Community Medicine at UA College of Medicine – Tucson

Audrey Russell-Kibble, DNP, FNP-C, director of clinical practice innovations and clinical assistant professor at the University of Arizona College of Nursing, has received a joint faculty appointment in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the UA College of Medicine — Tucson.

A graduate of the UA Doctor of Nursing Practice program, she is the first UA College of Nursing faculty member to be appointed into the FCM department.

“As an academic medical center, it’s important that we set the standard for interprofessional and interdisciplinary collaboration at every level,” said Tamsen Bassford, MD, associate professor of clinical family medicine and clinical obstetrics & gynecology, and department head of family and community medicine. “Medicine is a team sport in the 21st century, and to provide excellent quality care at reasonable cost, we need the participation and strengths of every discipline.”

Dr. Russell-Kibble is the lead...

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UA College of Medicine - Tucson Participate in a National Day of Service

 As the Student National Medical Association (SNMA) celebrates its Founders Day on Oct. 4, the University of Arizona College of Medicine-Tucson SNMA chapter will partake in a clean-up of De Anza Park, 1000 North Stone Avenue.

The association’s student chapters nationwide will participate in a National Day of Service focusing on nutrition, fitness, health screenings and testing, health fairs, and community restoration such as school/clinic renovation and park beatification. 

Organized by Community Service Chair, Vicky Khoury, a first year medical student, De Anza Park was chosen because it is located in an area designated by the United States Department of Health and Human Services’ Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) as medically underserved.  Medically Underserved Areas/Populations are areas or populations designated by HRSA as having: too few primary care providers, high infant mortality, high poverty and/or high elderly population (

“Our chapter is delighted to be a part of this national effort to honor the founding of SNMA and we are thankful for this opportunity to...

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‘Binding Wounds: African Americans in Civil War Medicine’ at the Arizona Health Sciences Library through Nov. 8

Binding Wounds: African Americans in Civil War Medicine,” a National Library of Medicine traveling banner exhibition that explores the African American men and women who served as surgeons and nurses during the American Civil War, will be displayed in the Arizona Health Sciences Library, 1501 N. Campbell Ave., Tuesday, Sept. 30 through Saturday, Nov. 8. The exhibit is free and open to the public.

With a nation divided, the American Civil War was a war to preserve the Union. For African Americans, it was a fight for freedom and a chance for full participation in American society. Binding Wounds looks at the men and women who served as surgeons and nurses and how their work as medical providers challenged the prescribed notions of race and gender at the time of the Civil War. As all Americans sought ways to participate and contribute to the war effort for the Union, African Americans moved beyond the prejudices they faced to serve as soldiers, nurses, surgeons, laundresses, cooks and laborers.


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Valley Fever Drug Receives Fast-Track Designation by the FDA

A potentially curative anti-Valley Fever drug has been given a boost in its development by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

The University of Arizona has received word that its request has been granted to designate nikkomycin Z (NikZ) as a “qualifying infectious disease product” (QIDP). NikZ is an antifungal drug that the UA has been helping to move into clinical trials and eventually to help patients. The UA has licensed development rights to Valley Fever Solutions, Inc. (VFS), a small start-up business in Tucson.

“Getting a QIDP designation is huge for our program,” said John Galgiani, MD, director of the UA Valley Fever Center for Excellence, project leader for the NikZ development team and chief medical officer for VFS. “It makes NikZ much more attractive to investors because of the added protection and other benefits that come with this designation.”

QIDP designation is a key provision of the GAIN Act, approved by Congress in 2012 to increase the incentives for drug manufacturers to produce new antibiotics for serious and hard-to-treat bacterial and fungal infections....

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Partnership for Native American Cancer Prevention awarded $13 million

TUCSON and FLAGSTAFF, Arizona, Oct. 2, 2014 – The Partnership for Native American Cancer Prevention has been awarded $13 million from the National Cancer Institute to continue bringing prevention and biomedical research training to Native American communities in Arizona. The partnership focuses on the Hopi Tribe, Tohono O’odham Nation and Navajo Nation of Arizona.

The effort, known as NACP, is a collaboration between the University of Arizona Cancer Center and Northern Arizona University. The UA Cancer Center will receive $6 million and NAU will receive $7 million under the five-year grant renewal.

“This research, training and community outreach grant, first funded in 2002, has forged a powerful bridge between the University of Arizona Cancer Center, Northern Arizona University and Native Americans in the Southwest to address the rising tide of cancer in Native Americans,” said David S. Alberts, MD, the UA’s principal investigator for the grant.

“NACP is the first partnership funded by the NCI aimed at the huge burden that cancer places on Native Americans,” said Laura Huenneke, PhD, provost at Northern Arizona...

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UA Department of Emergency Medicine Seeks Community Input On Study of a New Airway Device

The University of Arizona Department of Emergency Medicine is seeking community input on a clinical trial that requires a medical procedure to be performed without patient consent. The study will determine if a new device to secure breathing tubes holds the emergency breathing tubes more securely than currently used devices. The trial, which is set to begin this fall at the University of Arizona Medical Center – South Campus, will be performed on critically ill or injured patients who are unable to provide informed consent.

An Institutional Review Board responsible for human subjects research at the University of Arizona reviewed this research project and found it to be acceptable, according to applicable state and federal regulations and UA policies designed to protect the rights and welfare of participants in research.

The purpose of the study is to determine if an investigational device, the SolidAIRity® Airway Stabilization System, is able to deliver better health care to patients in need of an endotracheal (...

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Jessica Miller, PhD, awarded Susan G. Komen grant to study breast cancer-related chronic pain

Jessica A. Miller, PhD, has been awarded a three-year, $450,000 Susan G. Komen grant to investigate the cause of chronic joint stiffness and pain associated with the use of aromatase inhibitors (AI) — a class of drug often used to treat hormone receptor-positive breast cancer.

Breast cancer patients currently on an AI and the nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) sulindac will be studied to determine the causes of joint pain and ways to reduce this side effect in order to increase adherence to the use of AIs. This study will take place as part of an ongoing clinical trial at the University of Arizona Cancer Center.

Dr. Miller’s study, “Application of lipidomics to a sulindac intervention of pain,” will help guide future research that will identify molecular targets of pain for the ultimate goal of improving AI adherence and reducing death from breast cancer. Sulindac is thought to have a better safety profile than other NSAIDs, and Dr. Miller’s work aims to understand the individual metabolic response to sulindac that may explain why.

“Sometimes, joint pain can be incredibly...

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UA Sarver Heart Center Presents ‘Fed Up’ Special Showing and Panel Discussion, Oct. 21

Do you know how much hidden sugar is in your food? Join the University of Arizona Sarver Heart Center Women’s Heart Health Education Committee for a discussion and special showing of the documentary, “Fed Up,” on Tuesday, Oct. 21, at the Loft Cinema.

“The obesity epidemic in America will unquestionably lead to future increases in heart disease events and puts the health and lives of our children at risk. This documentary makes a compelling case that the food we eat is influencing our bodies in unanticipated ways, and that we need to look closely at the convenience foods we all rely on as important contributors to the gain of unhealthy weight in America,” said Nancy Sweitzer, MD, PhD, director of the UA Sarver Heart Center, who will moderate the panel discussion.

WHAT:  Heart Smart Movie and Panel Discussion presented by the University of Arizona Sarver Heart Center Women’s Heart Health Education Committee

WHEN:   Tuesday, Oct. 21; reception, including wine tasting, chocolate-dipped strawberries and heart-health information at 6 p.m.; panel discussion at 7 p.m.; movie at 7:30 p.m....

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Gabriel Ayala Trio Concert to Benefit UA Mobile Health Program, Oct. 12

The renowned Gabriel Ayala Trio will perform Sunday, Oct. 12, in a concert to benefit the University of Arizona Mobile Health Program.

Doors will open and a raffle will start at 1 p.m.; the concert will begin at 2:30 p.m. in Holsclaw Hall, 1017 N. Olive Ave., between the Speedway underpass and Park Avenue, on the University of Arizona campus.

Tickets are $150 for the concert and a pre-concert reception with the Gabriel Ayala Trio beginning at 1:30 p.m., or $100 for the concert only. Half of the ticket cost is tax-deductible. For more information, or to purchase tickets, please visit

Proceeds will benefit the Dr. Augusto and Martha Ortiz Endowment, which helps sustain the UA Mobile Health Program that the Ortizes started in 1976. Dr. Ortiz provided care to families in underserved communities from Picture Rocks to Littletown and Arivaca, and other areas where health care was unavailable. Martha Ortiz was always at her...

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First Responders to be Honored on 6th Annual Heroes Day, Oct. 2; Event Benefits UAMC Trauma Center

Two notable speakers have been added to the lineup of a news conference honoring this year’s Heroes of The Year nominees at 9:30 a.m., Thursday, Oct. 2, to celebrate Heroes Day 2014 in Southern Arizona.

Peter Rhee, MD, chief of Trauma at the University of Arizona Medical Center, and Nohemy Hite, wife of fallen Tucson Police Department Officer Erik Hite, will help honor first responders at the news conference at La Encantada, 2905 E. Skyline Drive.

As part of Heroes Day 2014, people across the Southern Arizona community are invited to say “thank you” to first responders for the work they do all year long. Now in its sixth year, the annual event recognizes law enforcement officers, firefighters, paramedics, Border Patrol agents and other first responders who work to keep the community safe and help citizens in times of crisis.

A complimentary breakfast and lunch will be provided to first responders at five Jack Furrier Tire & Auto Care locations from 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Oct. 2. The public is...

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