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New UAHS Molecular Research Discovery May Translate to New Treatments for a Number of Viral Diseases

In a new peer-reviewed research study published in the Public Library of Sciences (PLoS Pathogens), University of Arizona Health Sciences researcher Felicia Goodrum, PhD, an associate professor in the Department of Immunobiology at the UA College of Medicine – Tucson, has identified how the cytomegalovirus is able to go latent and undetected, then become active and lead to life-threatening health risks.

Dr. Goodrum is a member of the BIO5 Institute and her lab studies cytomegalovirus. The virus is known as CMV and is a part of the herpes virus family. It poses a life-threatening risk for those with weak immune systems, the elderly and those fighting diseases like AIDS and cancer. In the unborn, CMV presents a risk in pregnancy and is the leading cause of infectious-disease related birth defects in babies.

In the general population, people are typically infected as children and never know it because it does not cause any disease...

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White House Cancer Moonshot Summit Hosted by University of Arizona Cancer Center, June 29

What:        White House Cancer Moonshot Summit

Hosted by the University of Arizona Cancer Center (Due to space limitations, this event is invite only)

When:       Wednesday, June 29, 11:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Where:      University of Arizona Cancer Center, Kiewit Auditorium
                 1515 N. Campbell Ave., Room 2951

TUCSON, Ariz. – Media representatives are invited to attend the White House Cancer Moonshot Summit, Wednesday, June 29, 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the University of Arizona Cancer Center’s Kiewit Auditorium, 1515 N. Campbell Ave., Room 2951.

Researchers, oncologists, care providers, philanthropists, data and tech experts, advocates, patients and survivors are among those invited.

On June 29, Vice President Joe Biden is convening a nationwide Cancer Moonshot Summit, including conversations in communities across the United States. These conversations, or regional summits, will be the first time individuals and organizations representing the entire cancer community and beyond will convene under the national charge to double the rate of progress toward a cure.

The University of...

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UA Researchers: A Dream Team for Treating Sleep Disorders

Helping you get a good night’s sleep is the goal of University of Arizona sleep researchers. Working as interdisciplinary teams, they conduct research and lead clinical trials to assess how sleep affects memory, mental health, stress, alertness and decision-making, and how environmental factors affect sleep.

Sleep and wakefulness disorders affect an estimated 15 to 20 percent of U.S. adults, who in turn are more likely to suffer from chronic disorders, including depression, substance abuse, hypertension, diabetes, cancer, stroke and all-cause mortality, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Researchers at the University of Arizona Health Sciences and on the UA main campus recently shared several key findings on sleep during the SLEEP 2016 meeting of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine and the Sleep Research Society in Denver. The meeting is the world’s premier forum to present and discuss the latest developments in clinical sleep medicine and sleep and the roughly 24-hour cycle that influences physiology and behavior, known as circadian science.

During the meeting, UA sleep...

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Prominent Physician-Researcher Named Department of Medicine Chair at the UA College of Medicine – Phoenix

The University of Arizona Health Sciences and the UA College of Medicine – Phoenix officially announce that distinguished physician and leader, Michael B. Fallon, MD, FACP, has been named the inaugural chair of the Department of Medicine in Phoenix.

Dr. Fallon is a gastroenterologist and hepatologist with vast academic medicine experience that includes 26 years of extensive patient care, education, leadership and clinical investigation in internal medicine. He previously served as the gastroenterology division director and vice chair for clinical research at the University of Texas Health Science Center Houston.

He will join the UA on Aug. 29. He also has been named executive director for clinical research and professor with tenure at the college.

“We are thrilled to have Michael Fallon join the University of Arizona Health Sciences and the College of Medicine – Phoenix in this key leadership position,” said Joe GN “Skip” Garcia, MD, UA senior vice president for health sciences. “Dr. Fallon brings to the UA the perfect combination of skills to advance the...

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Boosting Immunity in Older Adults: UA Health Sciences Immunologists Unmask New Infection-Fighting T Cells

Sixty-five is the age when many people retire, kick back and take it easy. And so it often is with the human immune system.

After years of fending off influenza and other infectious diseases, the immune system gradually starts to lose its oomph for fighting infection. As a result, viruses, bacteria and other microbial intruders are a common killer of adults 65 and older.

New findings from a study led by the University of Arizona Health Sciences Department of Immunobiology show it may not have to be that way.

The study examined blood samples from 92 volunteers, age 21 to 97. Researchers focused on a subset of T cells – white blood cells that fight infection and decrease in number as adults age – specifically, T cells labeled “naïve” because they have not yet been exposed to a virus or other infection.

“When there is an infection, like an influenza virus, for example, a small cohort of these naïve T cells – only those that have special molecules on their surface that will bind to fragments of the influenza – are deployed in a very targeted manner,” said Janko Nikolich-Žugich, MD, PhD...

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COM-T faculty mentors honored for dedication and positive influence

COM-T faculty mentors honored for dedication and positive influence

The UA College of Medicine – Tucson is proud to announce the recipients of the 2016 College of Medicine Faculty Mentoring Awards.

Congratulations to:

Judith Gordon, PhD, professor, Department of Family and Community Medicine 
One of her nominees said, “As she should, Dr. Gordon lets me struggle through the details of challenges myself, but she provides support and information that assist me in coming to decisions.”

Paul Gordon, MD, MPH, professor, Department of Family and Community Medicine
One of his nominees said, “He encouraged me to take risks, engage more fully in teaching and to thoughtfully engage in challenging dialogues.”

John Hughes, MD, associate professor, Department of Surgery
One of his nominees said, “He changed my life and my practice and I know that the patients under my care are better for his role in my training.”

Paul Krieg, PhD, professor, Department of Cellular and Molecular Medicine
One of his nominees said, “No UA career workshop that I have ever attended has matched the wisdom and common sense that Dr. Krieg provides, and,...

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UA Health Sciences Welcomes Students, Scholars to Diversity and Inclusion Summer Programs

Collectively, Arizona’s minority populations make up 43 percent of the state’s residents. They also face a disproportionate share of the state’s obesity, diabetes and metabolic disease burden. The University of Arizona Health Sciences (UAHS) actively works to develop ways to ensure all communities, including the state’s poorest, most remote, high-risk yet underserved regions, can attain the highest level of health and quality of life.

The programs housed within the UAHS Office of Diversity and Inclusion are examples of how the UA Health Sciences is working to increase awareness of health inequities and to increase the number of health sciences and health-care providers and researchers committed to improving the health of all of Arizona’s communities and beyond.

This summer, the UAHS Office of Diversity and Inclusion is offering four highly competitive programs that will launch in June and range from Med-Start, a statewide summer residency program for entering high school seniors, now in its 47th year, to programs that bring in...

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UA College of Medicine – Tucson Student Honored with Outstanding Graduate Service Award

Kirsten Concha-Moore, a second-year student at the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson, is the recipient of the UA Native American Student Affairs Outstanding Graduate Service Award.  She was honored for her service to the UA Health Sciences, health advocacy for tribal communities and work in health research, education, outreach and recruitment.

 A dedicated partner in health professions advocacy, Concha-Moore is an active member of the admissions committee at the UA College of Medicine – Tucson. She supports the enrollment of registered members of federally recognized tribes through personal outreach to medical school applicants and provides welcoming experiences during their interview visits to the College with follow-up informational conversations. Affiliated with the Taos Pueblo, Jemez Pueblo and Laguna Pueblo tribes, Concha-Moore is active with fellow American Indian medical students, encouraging them to become advocates to expand their representation in the College.

Representing the UA Health Sciences in regional and national professional conferences, including the Association of American Indian Physicians, the Four Corner’s...

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Two UA Health Sciences Faculty-Physicians Honored for Commitment to the Health of Underserved Communities

Chicanos Por La Causa, Inc. (CPLC) will honor Jessica Moreno, MD, and Cecilia Rosales, MD, MS, faculty-physicians at the University of Arizona Health Sciences for their commitment to ensuring that underserved families throughout Southern Arizona receive excellent health care.

The two distinguished honorees will receive the organization’s “Cause for Change Award” for their distinguished careers as leaders in health and education, whose sacrifice and dedication to the community has significant impact today, and on many generations to come. This year’s 36th annual CPLC Southern Arizona Anniversary Dinner and Awards Ceremony will be held at Desert Diamond Casinos and Entertainment Casino in Tucson on Thursday, June 2, at 6 p.m.

In addition to recognizing outstanding leaders, the Southern Arizona Anniversary Dinner serves as one of CPLC’s largest fundraising events, bringing together community leaders, the public, and private sectors, as well as the business community, to benefit CPLC programs and services

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Pioneering Research Tool Developed at UA College of Medicine – Phoenix

In partnership with the University of Luxembourg (link is external), scientists at the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix have developed a new instrument for studying a biological model of the human gastrointestinal tract that mimics the actual conditions and processes that occur within the intestine.

The research, published earlier this month in Nature Communications, will allow scientists to see how cells from individuals respond to certain drugs, allowing them to formulate personalized drug therapies. With the organ-on-a-chip technology, researchers can analyze the complex interactions between human cells and the microbial ecosystems of the gut, predicting their effects on health or disease onset, and study the action of probiotics, nutritional compounds or drugs.

The “Human-Microbial Cross-Talk” model, or HuMiX, was designed and prototyped at the College of Medicine’s ...

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