UA Researchers Contribute to National CDC Study Estimating 1 in 68 Children in U.S. Identified as Having an Autism Spectrum Disorder

Researchers from the University of Arizona participated in the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study that now estimates that 1 in 68 children in the United States has been identified as having an autism spectrum disorder (ASD), based on tracking across multiple areas of the nation.

In Arizona, the findings were slightly higher, with 1 in 64 children in Maricopa County identified with ASD.

The report, “Prevalence of Autism Spectrum Disorder Among Children Aged 8 Years – Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring Network, 11 Sites, United States, 2010,” provides autism prevalence estimates from 11 areas. It was published yesterday in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

The UA team reviewed the records of more than 33,000 8-year-old children in Maricopa County to determine the prevalence of autism spectrum disorders and intellectual disabilities in that region.

Highlights from the Arizona-specific study (complete Arizona findings available at

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Dr. Kenneth S. Ramos Appointed Associate Vice President for Precision Health Sciences at the Arizona Health Sciences Center

Kenneth S. Ramos, MD, PhD, PharmB, who is internationally recognized in genomics and predictive biology, environmental and molecular medicine and toxicology, has been appointed associate vice president for precision health sciences at the Arizona Health Sciences Center at the University of Arizona. Dr. Ramos joined the UA March 17.

In this new role, Dr. Ramos is responsible for developing precision-health strategies and approaches to health outcomes and health-care delivery. He also will lead development of personal diagnostics and therapeutics for complex diseases, including cancer, cardiopulmonary disorders and diabetes.

Dr. Ramos reports to Joe G.N. “Skip” Garcia, MD, UA senior vice president for health sciences, and works in collaboration with the deans of the five AHSC colleges, clinical department heads, institute and center directors, The University of Arizona Health Network, and external stakeholders to develop and implement novel, high-impact programs and initiatives in precision health.

“Dr. Ramos will provide critical leadership in our...

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‘Magic Carpet Ride’ Gala Raises $125,000 for UA Steele Children’s Research Center and Diamond Children’s

The “Magic Carpet Ride” Gala held in February at the JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort raised approximately $125,000 for the University of Arizona Medical Center – Diamond Children’s and the UA Steele Children’s Research Center.

Approximately 500 people attended this fun-filled and meaningful evening, which was emceed by Amy Miller, wife of UA men’s basketball Coach Sean Miller.

One of the evening’s highlights was the uplifting music video featuring rock band American Authors, as well as patients, doctors, nurses, researchers, hospital administrators and staff. The video can be viewed online here

Another highlight of the evening was the stirring speech by 15-year-old patient, Austin Thacker, who is battling stage 4 non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. His speech received a standing ovation.

Funds raised from the gala will support autoimmune disorders research at the UA...

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Join Us for Global Health Week Lunch Talks March 25 - 28

Join Us for Global Health Week Lunch Talks March 25 - 28

Global Health Week starts today and the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson students invite you to join them for a noon lunch talk series on health experiences abroad. The first series is Tuesday, March 25 and will be held in Room 3117.

The lunch talks are a planned kick off to the AZ Global Health Conference taking place Friday and Saturday March 28 - 29. The lunch talks will feature the global experiences of medical and other health sciences students and faculty who have studied, volunteered or practiced abroad.

Food will be provided on a first come, first served basis.

The lunch talk schedule is as follows:

Tuesday March 25: North America Wednesday March 26: Caribbean and South America Thursday March 27: Central America Friday March 28: Africa

Saturday March 29: AZ Global Health Conference; to register visit:

Medical Students are invited to attend by signing up on MedCats, all others may register by emailing Rebecca M. Thiede at...

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The College of Medicine Class of 2014 found out where they will complete their medical residency training.

Match Day 2014 Video

This year marked the 33rd Match Day at the UA College of Medicine – Tucson. In total, 54 women and 63 men learned where they will be completing their residency training after medical school. Congratulations!

Learn more about Match Day Profiles of students See a map of where our students are moving or staying to do their residency Learn more about residencies at the College of Medicine – Tucson


“Match Day” – the day that students at the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson and UA College of Medicine – Phoenix have been working toward for four years, will be held Friday, March 21 at 10 a.m.

Surrounded by excited family members and friends, members of the Class of 2014 open the traditional Match Day sealed envelopes, containing letters showing where they will spend the next several years as resident-physicians, the next step in building a medical career. Residency programs vary in length from three years for general medicine/family practice specialties to eight years for the most specialized of surgeons. Most residencies will begin July 1.

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 Match Day ceremonies coordinated to occur each year on the same date (the third Friday in March) at the...

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Medical Decision Making and You

FREE LECTURE:      Medical Decision Making and You

Best-selling author Jerome Groopman, MD, and noted endocrinologist Pamela Hartzband, MD, will share their insight and provide an entirely new attitude and set of tools for making medical decisions at a free lecture April 1. 

To attend the lecture, RSVP to the UA College of Medicine – Tucson Special Events Office, by March 28.

A boxed lunch is included.

The lecture is sponsored by the Maimonides Society of the Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona in conjunction with the UA College of Medicine – Tucson and the Arizona Health Sciences Center.

DATE/TIME:            Tuesday, April 1, noon 

COST:                      Free, a boxed lunch is included

LOCATION:             DuVal Auditorium, UA Medical Center, 1501 N. Campbell Ave.

Dr. Pamela Hartsband and Dr. Jerome Groopman Jerome Groopman, MD, a writer for New Yorker and best-selling author, is an oncologist who...

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UA College of Medicine - Tucson Welcomes New Assistant Dean for Student Affairs

The University of Arizona College of Medicine - Tucson is pleased to announce that Violet Siwik, MD, has been selected as assistant dean for Student Affairs. Dr. Siwik was selected after an extensive internal search process that included input from faculty, staff and medical students.

Dr. Siwik currently serves as the UA Department of Family and Community Medicine Clerkship Director, and is a COM – Tucson Society Mentor. Dr. Siwik will transition out of these roles over the remainder of the academic year to concentrate on her new role with Student Affairs.

She is a graduate of the College of Medicine – Tucson (COM) Class of 1991 and has been actively involved in medical student education and mentorship.

Dr. Siwik will begin her role as Assistant Dean this month. Her responsibilities will include a focus on academic and career advising for students.

Dr. Siwik looks forward to working in Student Affairs and collaborating with faculty, students and staff across the COM - Tucson campus to support student learning and success.

The COM - Tucson thanks the chair of the search committee, Paul St. John, PhD, for his...

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UA Global, Border and Rural Health Conference: Looking Global, Starting Local

Looking to create awareness and increase opportunities for learning in the global, border and rural settings – including hands-on field/clinical work and research – a multidisciplinary group of University of Arizona students and faculty collaborators will host the Arizona Global Health Conference, March 28-29.

The conference will be held at the Arizona Health Sciences Center and will bring together global, border and rural experts to share their research and clinical/field experience while also exploring opportunities for future global, border and rural health educational and research collaborations.

Registration is open to the public and is $30 for students and $60 for non-students. Registration includes a pre-reception and poster fair from 6 to 8 p.m. at the UA Cancer Center’s Kiewit Auditorium on March 28; on March 29, the conference is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at DuVal Auditorium at UA Medical Center.

“Our goal for the conference is to facilitate a multi-disciplinary approach to health practice and to promote...

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To Honor Stephen: ‘Kick Cancer for Stephen’ Foundation Donates Sony PlayStations and Snacks to Diamond Children’s

On Friday, March 14, the Kick Cancer for Stephen Foundation donated Sony PlayStations and snacks for the patients at the University of Arizona Medical Center – Diamond Children’s.

The Kick Cancer for Stephen Foundation was created in memory of Stephen Placencia, who died on Jan. 14, 2008, at the young age of 17 from fibrolamellar hepatocellualar carcinoma—a rare form of liver cancer.

While hospitalized, Stephen noticed few activities for teen-agers. “When teens are hospitalized, their stay is more bearable if there are fun things for them to do, such as playing video games or watching movies,” said Stephen’s mom, Francie Placencia. “Stephen wanted to improve the experience of teens who were hospitalized.”

About a year after Stephen’s death, Francie, her husband, Steve, and their three daughters created the Kick Cancer for Stephen Foundation, which raises  funds through private donations and hosts an annual soccer tournament at Cienega High School, where Stephen attended school and...

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