The University of Arizona Health Sciences


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.

People on the Move at the UA Health Sciences and Banner – University Medical Center Tucson

Dr. Vasudha Goel Joins UA Department of Anesthesiology Chronic Pain Management Team

Vasudha Goel, MD, has joined the Department of Anesthesiology as a member of the chronic pain management team. She will serve an assistant professor in the department and will see patients as a Banner Health physician. The UA chronic pain management team specializes in interventional pain management: epidural steroid injections, facet and major joint injections, peripheral nerve blocks, chronic back and neck pain, headache, arthritis, complex pain syndromes, and spinal cord stimulator trials. Dr. Goel has a special interest in interventional approaches of management of cancer-related pain. For more information, please call 520-874-7246 (PAIN)

Drs. Vivian Y. Shi, Drew Kurtzman join UA Division of Dermatology

Vivian Y. Shi, MD, and Drew Kurtzman, MD, have joined the UA Division of Dermatology at the UA Department of Medicine as assistant professors...

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New UA Geriatrician to Talk ‘Lewy Body Dementia’ at Advances in Aging Lecture, Oct. 10

University of Arizona Assistant Professor of Medicine Corinne Self, MD, will present on “Understanding Lewy Body Dementia”—a common form of dementia that affects cognitive functions for organization and planning as well as visual-spatial areas—at the next talk in the Advances in Aging Research Lecture Series, Monday, Oct. 10, noon-1 p.m., in Kiewit Auditorium, University of Arizona Cancer Center, 1515 N. Campbell Ave, Tucson.

The lecture series is hosted by the UA Center on Aging and UA Division of Geriatrics, General Internal Medicine and Palliative Medicine. The lectures are free and open to the public, and a light lunch is served.

What are LBDs?

Lewy body dementias (LBD) are the second most common form of degenerative dementia, just behind Alzheimer’s disease and affect an estimated 1.4 million individuals in the United States. LBD is an umbrella term for dementia associated with presence of Lewy bodies (abnormal deposits of a protein called alpha-synuclein)...

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UA Health Sciences Researchers Outline When Play Becomes Harmful: Pokémon Go and the Potential for Increased Accidents

UA Health Sciences Researchers Outline When Play Becomes Harmful: Pokémon Go and the Potential for Increased Accidents

Augmented reality games like Pokémon Go, while holding great promise to promote exercise, also increase the potential for distraction-related death, according to one of the first articles on the subject to be published in a peer-reviewed medical journal.

The article, written by University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson surgery faculty members, Bellal A. Joseph, MD, FACS, and David G. Armstrong, DPM, MD, PhD, was published in Oxford Medical Case Reports Oct. 4. The dramatic increase in smartphone adoption and computing power on ever-more capable mobile computing platforms has been associated with a rise in reports of distraction-related injury and death.

The article describes two cases with patients presenting simultaneously to the trauma center with injuries caused by or related to augmented reality-based gameplay with the Pokémon Go application. The article is among the first reports published in the medical literature of an augmented reality application-related injury requiring acute intervention in a...

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