“Ten Surprising Tips for Managing Stress,” a free interactive presentation, open to the public, by Ann Pardo, stress management expert and director of life management at Canyon Ranch Health Resort in Tucson, will be held Wednesday, July 3, 6 to 7:30 p.m., at The University of Arizona Medical Center – University Campus, Chase Bank Auditorium (Room 8403), 1501 N. Campbell Ave., Tucson. Light refreshments are provided.
Pardo will guide participants through an interactive lecture on controlling stress in daily life. She will discuss the effects that stress can have on our bodies, how to control and manage the stresses that many of us encounter, and the role of stress management when dealing with pain and disease.
Seating is limited and prior registration is requested. For more information or to register, visit the University of Arizona Arthritis Center website www.arthritis.arizona.edu or call 520-626-5040 or email ... [read more]
Hendrikus L. Granzier, PhD, professor of physiology and cellular and molecular medicine at the University of Arizona College of Medicine - Tucson, has been awarded $1.5 million from the National Institutes of Health to study the role of titin, the largest known protein, in diastolic heart function and disease.
Dr. Granzier and members of his lab will study titin to gain understanding in why women are more prone to diastolic heart disease than men. Heart disease is the number one killer of women and the leading cause of disability among women.
Dr. Granzier is the Allan and Alfie Norville Endowed Chair. The chair was established at the UA Sarver Heart Center by the Norville’s matching a challenge gift by an anonymous donor and provide for a comprehensive research focus on the underlying molecular mechanisms relating to gender differences in cardiovascular diseases.
The Granzier team will study the role of titin during the diastolic or... [read more]
Dr. James Dalen Receives Honorary Degree from University of Massachusetts Medical School Worcester
James Eugene Dalen, MD, MPH, dean emeritus and professor emeritus of the University of Arizona College of Medicine, was awarded an honorary degree by the University of Massachusetts Medical School Worcester on June 2 for his pivotal role in the early history of the university.
Dr. Dalen, a renowned cardiologist and respected leader in academic medicine, has spent his career in university hospitals. From 1975 to 1988, he was a faculty member at the University of Massachusetts where he served as chairman of cardiovascular medicine (1975-1977) and then chairman of medicine (1977-88); from 1986 to 1987 he served as interim chancellor of the University of Massachusetts at Worcester.
He served as dean of the UA College of Medicine from 1988 to 2001and also as UA vice president for health sciences from 1995 to 2001. He started the School of Public Health, which became the UA Mel and... [read more]
This month, 28 students from across Arizona began participating in the six-week Med-Start Tucson early outreach health career program at the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson. The academic residential program on the UA campus runs from June 2 through July 13.
Arizona high school seniors are selected for Med-Start during a competitive selection process that this year received more than 400 applications.
The program, now in its 44th year, is administered by the Office of Outreach and Multicultural Affairs at the UA College of Medicine – Tucson. (The Med-Start Phoenix day program on the UA College of Medicine – Phoenix campus is in its seventh year and is hosting 24 students from the Phoenix Metropolitan area and... [read more]
The Arizona Elks Clinic for Children and Young Adults received an unprecedented 96 percent compliance rating from their Vaccines for Children (VFC) program audit, conducted by the Arizona Immunization Program Office (AIPO).
VFC is a federally-funded program through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The program provides vaccines to children at no cost, who might not otherwise be vaccinated because of inability to pay. Bridgett Favors, LPN, is the VFC coordinator for the Elks Clinic, and assisted in organizing the audit.
The audit consisted of a four-hour review of vaccine administration records, review of medical records, staff knowledge of vaccine storage, and administration and program guidelines.
The current average score for participating clinical locations across the state of Arizona is 64 percent, and nationally it is 73 percent. “Our 96 percent score is indicative of our commitment to... [read more]
The 14th annual PANDA “Children Helping Children” Fashion Show and Luncheon held at the Phoenician in May in Scottsdale raised approximately $475,000 for the UA Steele Children’s Research Center.
The event is organized annually by PANDA (People Acting Now Discover Answers)—the Phoenix Women’s Board of the Steele Center. The mission of the board is to support discovery processes that lead to improved treatments and cures for devastating childhood diseases.
The proceeds will fund the PANDA Children’s Autoimmune Disorders Project at the Steele Center, enabling the researchers to expand basic science research in autoimmune diseases like type 1 diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, inflammatory bowel disease, Crohn’s disease, and celiac disease, to name a few.
“Prevalence and incidence of autoimmune diseases like type 1 diabetes and Crohn’s disease are on the... [read more]
Sean P. Elliott, MD, professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson, has been nominated by the UA Academy of Medical Education Scholars (AMES) and UA College of Medicine – Tucson Dean Steve Goldschmid, MD, for an Alpha Omega Alpha (AOA) Robert J. Glaser Distinguished Teaching Award.
The prestigious Glaser awards were established by the AOA Medical Honor Society in 1988 to encourage greater recognition of the significant contributions to medical education made by gifted teachers. They are based on a national competition conducted through the offices of the deans of U.S. and Canadian medical schools. Only one nominee is permitted per school and only four nominees are selected nationally for these awards, so simply being nominated is a high honor.
Recipients of the Glaser Awards are selected by a committee appointed jointly by AOA and the Association of... [read more]
Several physicians from the University of Arizona Sarver Heart Center received honors from community organizations this past spring for their achievements and contributions.
Frank I. Marcus, MD, professor emeritus at the UA College of Medicine - Tucson, was honored by the Pima County Medical Foundation “in recognition of lifetime achievement in the furtherance of medical education.”
Dr. Marcus expressed his gratitude for this unexpected honor and urged the Pima County Medical Society to consider making a major effort in spearheading preventative cardiology.
“Specifically, I encouraged the Society to perform research and implement efforts to decrease the epidemic of obesity that has led to a marked increase in diabetes, hypertension, hyper-lipidemia and the subsequent increase in coronary disease. This will eventually wipe out the gains we have made in both medical and surgical treatment of coronary disease and increase in life span. In... [read more]
A study conducted by University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson student Lucy Han evaluated pulse oximetry readings of newborns at The University of Arizona Medical Center – University Campus and found low false-positive results at Tucson’s elevation—establishing that implementing recommended pulse oximetry screening guidelines is feasible.
Pulse oximetry is a non-invasive, painless and inexpensive test conducted on newborns after 24 hours of life to measure the percentage of oxygen saturation in the blood; low saturation levels indicate a possible congenital heart problem, which may result in congestive heart failure or even death.
Babies born with CCHD may not have signs of a heart problem until after they leave the hospital, typically within the first four weeks of life. This is why pulse oximetry is considered such an important and necessary screening: if detected early, CCHD... [read more]
The University of Arizona is set to welcome 48 high school students from across the state to campus as the annual KEYS (Keep Engaging Youth in Science) internship program gets underway on June 3.
During the course of the renowned seven-week immersion program, interns will train in bioscience techniques and communication skills and perform hands-on scientific laboratory research, working side-by-side with faculty, postdoctoral, and graduate students in UA labs. KEYS is co-directed by the UA’s BIO5 Institute (BIO5) and the Southwest Environmental Health Sciences Center (SWEHSC) at the College of Pharmacy.
The internship will conclude on July 19 with a formal research showcase open to the public in which the students will present their work to... [read more]