The UA Department of Emergency Medicine Seeks Community Input on a Study to Determine Most Effective Treatment for People Having Seizures

The University of Arizona Department of Emergency Medicine is seeking community input on a clinical trial that requires giving a drug for seizures without patient consent.

The Established Status Epilepticus Treatment Trial (ESETT) will determine which of three drugs, fosphenytoin, valproic acid or levetiracetam, is safer and more effective at stopping prolonged seizures. The trial, which is set to begin this spring  at Banner – University Medical Center South and  Banner – University Medical Center Tucson, will be performed on seizing patients who are unable to provide informed consent.

An Institutional Review Board responsible for human subject research at the University of Arizona reviewed this research project and found it to be acceptable, according to applicable state and federal regulations and university policies designed to protect the rights and welfare of participants in research.

A seizure lasting longer than five minutes that does not stop after receiving a full dose of medicine to make it stop is commonly referred to as established status epilepticus (ESE) and can happen...

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Dr. Jeffrey R. Lisse Appointed Medical Director of the Arizona Telemedicine Program

Jeffrey R. Lisse, MD, professor of medicine and medical director of the University of Arizona Arthritis Center’s Osteoporosis Program, has been named medical director of the Arizona Telemedicine Program (ATP).

As ATP medical director, Dr. Lisse will oversee the clinical operations of the Arizona Telemedicine Program. This includes recruiting physicians to provide telemedicine services over ATP’s state-wide broad-band telecommunications network. He will preview cases to certify their suitability for management by telemedicine, conduct chart reviews, and oversee ATP quality assurance programs. Dr. Lisse also will have responsibility for maintaining contact with ATP rural site coordinators, helping train rural site physicians to serve as telemedicine case presenters and participating in ATP training programs. 

A specialist in rheumatology, Dr. Lisse’s experience with ATP has included providing tele-rheumatology for patients in rural communities for a number of years. He also has provided tele-consults with physicians...

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NetID+ Enrollment Required April 30th for VPN Users

Next Thursday, April 30, 2015, a new login system called NetID+ will be required when using VPN to remotely access campus digital resources.  For example, VPN is required for remote desktop access to your office PC from home and for remotely accessing licensed library resources.

What is NetID+?

NetID+ is a “two-factor authentication” security system.  Two-factor authentication makes use of a secondary means of identification, in addition to your existing NetID password.  Examples of secondary forms of identification include:

A smartphone app that asks you to confirm your attempt to log in. Numerical codes texted to your phone, which are then entered during login. Automated phone calls that ask you to confirm your attempt to log in.

NetID+ is a response to the increasing sophistication of hackers who seek to steal personal identity information, research and other intellectual property.  Features such as a 30-day “remember me on this device” option allow NetID+ to provide increased security without unnecessarily inconveniencing users.

Most University of Arizona systems will eventually require two-factor authentication.  COM ITS, in collaboration with...

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Learn CCO-CPR, Help UA Sarver Heart Center Launch a Clinical Research Study at the Pima County Fair

When you need a break from the sun and wind at the Pima County Fair, take a few minutes to visit the University of Arizona Sarver Heart Center booth in Thurber Hall. You’ll find staff and volunteers ready to teach you chest-compression-only CPR, a lifesaving method developed by the UA Sarver Heart Center Resuscitation Research Group that has helped save more than 2,400 lives in Arizona alone since state officials started keeping track in 2005.

You’ll also be asked to help UA researchers launch a new clinical trial that will study another way doctors may be able to improve cardiac arrest survival rates. UA researchers, led by Karl Kern, MD, are asking if an early heart catheterization improves survival, regardless of what the ECG shows when a certain type of cardiac arrest patient arrives at the hospital.

Why is this important?

Cardiac arrest is a major public health issue, claiming nearly 300,000 lives in the United States each year. Survival rates are poor. Cardiac arrest occurs when a person’s heart suddenly stops pumping blood. In adults, this often occurs following a heart attack.

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2 Banner facilities among '100 Great Hospitals'

Two Banner Health academic medical centers in Arizona have been named to Becker's Hospital Review's 2015 edition of "100 Great Hospitals in America," a compilation of some of the most prominent, forward-thinking and focused health care facilities in the nation.

Banner – University Medical Center Tucson, formerly known as University of Arizona Medical Center – Tucson Campus, and Banner – University Medical Center Phoenix, formerly known as Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center, both were named to the prestigious list, published today.

The hospitals are part of the newly formed Banner – University Medicine division of Banner Health, an Arizona-based nonprofit health system operating 28 hospitals in seven western states. In March, Banner Health entered into a 30-year academic affiliation agreement with the University of Arizona to become the primary clinical partner of the UA Colleges of Medicine in Phoenix and Tucson. 

"We are confident that by combining Banner Health's tradition of clinical excellence with the innovations of academic medicine, we will propel these already outstanding hospitals to new heights in medical research, education and patient...

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UA Arthritis Center Presents Special Screening of ‘The Connection: Mind Your Body,’ May 6

A special free screening and discussion of The Connection: Mind Your Body – a film about how research is proving the connection between your mind and your health and featuring the world’s leading experts in mind/body medicine as well as remarkable true stories of recovery – will be held Wednesday, May 6, 6-8:30 p.m. (Book and DVD signing starts at 5:30 p.m.)

Open to the public, the presentation will be held at Banner – University Medical Center Tucson, DuVal Auditorium, 1501 N. Campbell Ave., Tucson.

The presentation will be moderated by C. Kent Kwoh, MD, director of the UA Arthritis Center and an internationally recognized expert in osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and other joint diseases; and Esther M. Sternberg, MD, research director and professor at the UA Center for Integrative Medicine, who is internationally recognized for her discoveries in the science of mind-body interactions in arthritis and...

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Dr. Myra Muramoto Named Head of UA Department of Family and Community Medicine

Myra Muramoto, MD, MPH, FAAFP, a nationally regarded scholar and educator, has been appointed head of the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson, effective March 30.  She has served as professor and interim head of the department since Oct. 1, 2014. 

A National Institutes of Health-funded researcher, passionate advocate for improving care for the medically underserved and role model for women trainees in medicine, Dr. Muramoto becomes the department’s ninth chair, succeeding Tamsen L. Bassford, MD, who was named interim department head in April 2002 and permanent department head in January 2003.

“It is truly an honor to become the chair of the UA Department of Family and Community Medicine,” Dr. Muramoto said. “It is a privilege to work with and lead the outstanding people in our department, who bring such passion, dedication and excellence to their teaching, research, clinical service and community engagement. I am excited for the opportunity to continue the growth and development of a department that is...

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AHSC Diversity and Inclusion Champions Honored

The annual Peter W. Likins Inclusive Excellence Awards recognize individuals or groups who work to create a supportive environment, build a more academically robust and diverse student body and recruit and retain diverse employees at the University of Arizona.
This year, the following three outstanding faculty and staff members at the Arizona Health Sciences Center will be recognized for their contributions in developing an inclusive and diverse campus community:

Francisco Moreno, MD, is being honored with the inaugural Richard Ruiz Diversity Leadership Faculty Award. Dr. Moreno is assistant vice president for diversity and inclusion at the Arizona Health Sciences Center, a professor of psychiatry and deputy dean for the Office of Diversity and Inclusion at the UA College of Medicine – Tucson. The Richard Ruiz Diversity Leadership Faculty Award honors Ruiz's many contributions to making the UA a better campus (Read more about Ruiz in this... [read more]

AHSC Research Matters: Unexpected Discovery Leads to Insight for Dry Eye Disease

Researchers at the Arizona Health Sciences Center have discovered a potential cause of dry eye disease—a disease that afflicts millions of people in the United States.

Researchers at the UA Steele Children’s Research Center made an unexpected discovery into the role of NHE8, a sodium/hydrogen exchanger protein.

The research was led by UA Steele Center Director Fayez K. Ghishan, MD, professor and head, Department of Pediatrics, and Steele Center researcher Hua Xu, PhD, associate professor, UA Department of Pediatrics. They collaborated with Mingwu Wang, MD, PhD, associate professor, UA Department of Ophthalmology and Vision Science.

NHEs are a group of membrane proteins that function to exchange extracellular sodium (Na+) for intracellular hydrogen (H+). NHE proteins contribute to many physiological functions, such as intracellular (within cells) acidic (pH) regulation, cell volume regulation and sodium absorption. They play an important role by transporting sodium and electrolytes through...

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Dr. Rick Silva Appointed Executive Director, Biomedical Corporate Alliances, at Arizona Health Sciences Center

 Dr. Silva, who joined AHSC March 30, is responsible for developing and managing UA-industry partnerships in biomedical research. 

“I am extremely pleased and excited that Rick has joined the UA in this important leadership position, said Joe G.N. “Skip” Garcia, MD, UA senior vice president for health sciences. “His record of program development and management of biomedical technology portfolios, coupled with more than a decade of scientific research and development management experience, will be valuable in advancing AHSC’s clinical trials program and biomedical research to the next level. As a business development executive, Rick has built many productive and sustained academic-industry collaborations in both clinical and preclinical biomedical development enterprises.”

Dr. Silva will work closely with Tech Launch Arizona, the UA unit dedicated to commercializing the inventions emanating from university research, as well as with the UA Foundation, the UA Alumni Association, public and private entities and other stakeholders, to develop AHSC industry-sponsored clinical trials and expand shared research...

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