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UA Cardiothoracic Surgeon Dr. Zain Khalpey Receives Prestigious Fulbright Award

Zain Khalpey, MD, PhD, FETCS, associate professor of surgery at the University of Arizona, surgical co-director of Heart Transplant and director of Mechanical Circulatory Support and Mitral Valve Program at Banner – University Medical Center Tucson, has been awarded a 2015-16 Fulbright U.S. Scholar.

Awards in the Fulbright Distinguished Chairs Program are viewed as among the most prestigious appointments in the Fulbright Scholar Program. Candidates are eminent scholars and have a significant publication and teaching record.

Beginning in this fall or early 2016, Dr. Khalpey will spend three months at the Medical University of Gdansk in Poland, continuing his collaborative work with Ryszard T. Smolenski, MD, PhD, in the field of translational adult stem cell therapy to repair damaged hearts.

Injection of adult stem cells into the damaged heart muscle of animal models and humans has shown an improvement of cardiac function. That improvement, unfortunately, has been temporary, disappearing after three to six months. Dr. Khalpey’s research seeks to better understand the bioenergetic...

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AHSC Launches `BLAISER’ to Enhance Biomedical Research Training Opportunities for Underrepresented Students

To increase the number of translational biomedical research and academic health professional graduates from underrepresented communities, the Arizona Health Sciences Center has announced the new Border Latino & American Indian Summer Exposure to Research (BLAISER) program.  

The federally funded, cutting-edge, 10-week, paid undergraduate research experience is designed to help underrepresented students become competitive medical school, health professions and biosciences-focused graduate school applicants. 

Underrepresented students, including Latino, Native American and African American undergraduate juniors or seniors majoring in biology, chemistry, physiology, microbiology, engineering, computer sciences and similar fields, who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents with a cumulative 3.25 GPA are invited to apply. Applications are being accepted through April 1.  

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‘Every Necessary Care and Attention: George Washington and Medicine’ At the Arizona Health Sciences Library through April 25

The story of our first president’s health and the ways in which he sought to safeguard the health and wellness of those under his care are explored in Every Necessary Care and Attention: George Washington and Medicine,” a six-banner traveling exhibition from the National Library of Medicine, hosted by the Arizona Health Sciences Library, 1501 N. Campbell Ave., through Saturday, April 25. The exhibit is free and open to the public.

As head of household, plantation owner, businessman, Revolutionary War general and president, George Washington had many different concerns and responsibilities, from running his estate to ensuring the stability of a new nation. Alongside the traditional demands of political life and military leadership, he focused considerable attention on the health and safety of his family, staff, slaves and troops.

Washington’s story illuminates the broader context of the experience of illness and the practice of medicine, which during his time was transitioning from a traditional healer...

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Nobel Recipients to Celebrate UA Brain Science

This story originally appeared in UA News and was written by Lisa Romero http://uanews.org/story/nobel-recipients-to-celebrate-ua-brain-science

Four pioneering scholars who are mentors and colleagues to prominent University of Arizona faculty will visit campus this week to talk about their scientific careers, help commemorate several UA brain science milestones and kick off the new Center for Innovation in Brain Science.

This year marks the 25th anniversary of the Arizona Research Laboratories Division of Neural Systems, Memory and Aging, the 10th anniversary of the McKnight Brain Institute and the fifth anniversary of the School of Mind, Brain and Behavior at the UA.

The distinguished guests, who will visit on Thursday and Friday, include:

Eleanor Maguire, professor of cognitive neuroscience, University College London. Maguire received the Ig Nobel Prize for Medicine in 2003 for her study... [read more]

Could Man's Best Friend Be Man's Best Medicine?

This story originally appeared in UA News and was written by Alexis Blue http://uanews.org/story/could-man-s-best-friend-be-man-s-best-medicine

Most dog owners will tell you their furry friends make them feel good emotionally. But the health benefits of owning a dog may not end there.

Researchers at the University of Arizona are recruiting participants for a study exploring whether dogs can improve human health by having a probiotic effect on the body. The research will focus specifically on dogs' effect on the health of older adults.

"We've co-evolved with dogs over the millennia, but nobody really understands what it is about this dog-human relationship that makes us feel good about being around dogs," said Kim Kelly, an anthropology doctoral student and one of the primary investigators on the study. "Is it just that they're fuzzy and we like to pet them, or is there something else going on under the skin? The question really is: Has the relationship between dogs and humans gotten...

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‘Re-Thinking Your Health: An Integrative Approach,’ April 1

Is it possible to achieve and maintain a healthy lifestyle while dealing with chronic disease? Can your diet, activity level and even your state of mind contribute to overall health improvement, or is this simply “New Age” wishful thinking? 

Randy Horwitz, PhD, MD, an expert in the field of integrative medicine, will explore myths regarding health and disease in a free presentation, “Re-Thinking Your Health: An Integrative Approach,” open to the public, on Wednesday, April 1, 6-7:15 p.m., at Banner – University Medical Center Tucson (formerly University of Arizona Medical Center-University Campus), DuVal Auditorium (Room 2600), 1501 N. Campbell Ave., Tucson

Dr. Horwitz will look at recent studies examining specific components of a healthy lifestyle which can affect many disease processes. He also will discuss what he and others in his specialty view as the most important contributors to improved health while managing arthritis and other health-related conditions.

As medical director for the...

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UA Emergency Medicine Resident Participating in World’s Largest Startup Business Accelerator

Sean Murphy, MD, second-year resident in the University of Arizona Department of Emergency Medicine, has been selected from hundreds of applicants to participate in the 2015 Sprint Mobile Health Accelerator, powered by Techstars, the world’s largest startup accelerator.

Techstars accelerator programs connect emerging entrepreneurs with workspace, seed funding, resources and mentorship. According to Techstars, 90 percent of the companies that have participated either are still active or have been acquired.

Dr. Murphy’s company, Triomi, which developed an affordable, mobile electrocardiogram (EKG) system, was one of 10 innovative startup companies chosen by Techstars from across the nation that focuses on mobile health.

“Basically my best friend from college and I have developed an affordable, mobile 12-lead EKG system that works on smartphones and tablets. Our goal is to help busy hospitals, rural America and other countries around the world,” Dr. Murphy said.

Dr. Murphy is spending three-months participating in the 2015 immersive, mentor-driven program, which officially...

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And the Winner is: Primary Care!

During a skit spoofing awards ceremonies like “The Oscars,” the sound of envelopes being opened to loud cheers was heard at the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson on Friday as students in the Class of 2015 learned where they will spend the next several years as resident-physicians, a major step in building a medical career.

And this year’s “winner” is primary care, the most critical shortage Arizona faces: 43 graduates will pursue residencies in family medicine, internal medicine and pediatrics.

“I was so scared going up on stage, wondering ‘what if…,’ but now I am more happy today than I think I will be at graduation,” said future family medicine resident Jacqueline Huynh, who was excited to learn she matched with the UA College of Medicine Graduate Medical Education Program in Tucson.

“To me, family medicine is the heart of medicine: caring for patients from the time they are in the womb through their old age, taking care of families and connecting with them. I love the diversity of family medicine. As a resident I’ll be learning to practice in so many areas, from obstetrics...

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AHSC Center Receives Grant to Increase Native American Health-care Workforce

One of only two university programs selected for the grant nationwide, the Native American Research and Training Center (NARTC) at the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson, was awarded a five-year, $975,000 Indians into Medicine (INMED) grant from the Indian Health Service.

“According to the Association of American Medical Colleges, Arizona will suffer a shortage of 40,000 physicians by 2020 and the hardest hit will be rural and tribal communities,” said Teshia Solomon, PhD, associate professor in the UA Department of Family and Community Medicine and co-director of NARTC.

The UA historically has ranked among the top schools nationally in recruiting Native American applicants to medical school, and to other health professions schools, but more work needs to be done, said Karen Francis-Begay, MA, assistant vice president of tribal relations at the UA. 

“Although first-year retention rates of Native American students has increased significantly to 70 percent, four- and six-year graduation rates remain disappointing,” said Francis-Begay. 

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MATCH DAY 2015 - NATIONAL RESIDENCY MATCHING PROGRAM

EVENT: NATIONAL RESIDENCY MATCHING PROGRAM
For the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson and UA College of Medicine – Phoenix Classes of 2015

DATE/TIME:FRIDAY, MARCH 20, 10 A.M.

LOCATIONS: UA College of Medicine – Tucson:
Banner – University Medical Center Tucson, DuVal Auditorium
1501 N. Campbell Ave., Tucson

UA College of Medicine – Phoenix:
Health Sciences Education Building
435 N. Fifth St., Phoenix

“Match Day” – the day that medical students across the country have been working toward for four years will be held Friday, March 20, at 10 a.m.

Match Day is the culmination of a complex year-long process that matches the nation’s graduating medical students with residency programs. Match results are released nationally by the National Resident Matching Program™ (NRMP) and announced at ceremonies coordinated to occur each year on the same date (the third Friday in March) at the same time (1 p.m. Eastern time).

Surrounded by excited family members and friends, members of the UA College of Medicine – Tucson...

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