Alumni News

UA Team Uncovers Promising Lead in Genetic Approach to Treating Glioblastoma

Glioblastoma, a deadly brain cancer that has grabbed headlines for claiming the lives of Sens. Edward Kennedy and John McCain, could be “tricked” into sparing more of its victims. A team of University of Arizona researchers who looked for genetic differences between glioblastoma cells from long- and short-term survivors discovered that those who...


Philip Krutzsch, A UA College of Medicine Founder, Dies

Philip Krutzsch, PhD, one of the original “Big Three” founders of the University of Arizona College of Medicine, passed away on Wednesday, Nov. 7. Dr. Krutzsch was born on July 12, 1919. He was 99 years old.  Dr. Krutzsch is remembered for helping lay the brick and mortar for the medical school and creating the basic sciences curriculum from the...


Todd Vanderah Delivers 2018 Founders Day Lecture

Every November, the College of Medicine – Tucson celebrates its founding by selecting a Founders Day lecturer. Faculty members are invited to nominate peers who have made signficiant contributions to science and for their ability to effectively present research with enthusiasm, vigor and inspiration. "Founders Day and the Founders Day lecture...


College of Medicine – Tucson Recognizes Best in Teaching and Mentoring

More than 20 outstanding medical educators were recognized on Thursday, Nov. 8 during the College of Medicine – Tucson’s 39th Annual Faculty Teaching Awards Ceremony. The awards recognize faculty members for teaching excellence and the ability to encourage intellectual excitement; inspire the discovery of knowledge; and foster critical inquiry in...


Banner – University Medicine Hiring Event

Southern Arizona job-seekers are invited to attend a Banner – University Medicine hiring event from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 13, to learn about hundreds of health-care openings across Tucson. The hiring event will be held in the plaza outside the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson, adjacent to Banner – University Medical Center...


UA Pharmacologists Seek to Prevent Opioid Tolerance, Addiction

For thousands of Americans, opioids no longer relieve pain — they cause pain. Known as "opioid tolerance," patients eventually become desensitized to opioids and more sensitive to pain after years of using the pain relievers. "Opioids inhibit pain and inflammation initially," said Todd Vanderah, PhD, professor and chair of pharmacology at the UA...


‘Conquering Arthritis...Meet the University of Arizona Arthritis Center Researchers,’ Nov. 8

TUCSON, Ariz. – "Conquering Arthritis...Meet the University of Arizona Arthritis Center Researchers" — an opportunity for the public to visit with the center’s faculty members, physicians and scientists — will be held Thursday, Nov. 8, 6-7:15 p.m., at the UA Thomas W. Keating Building (UA BIO5 Institute), Room 103, 1657 E. Helen St., Tucson. ...


Thanks to $1.72M Federal Grant: UA Researchers Using Green Light for HIV-Related Pain as Astonishing Therapy Moves to Next Phase of Study

After proving surprisingly beneficial in human clinical trials at the University of Arizona for the treatment of pain resulting from fibromyalgia and migraines, green light therapy now will be tested in a preclinical study to determine if it successfully can control HIV-related neuropathic pain. Further, researchers at the UA College of Medicine...


UA Health Policy Expert Dr. Dan Derksen Receives Napolitano Award

Daniel Derksen, MD, associate vice president for health equity, outreach and interprofessional activities at the University of Arizona Health Sciences, has been selected for the 2018 Leonard M. Napolitano, PhD, Award by the University of New Mexico School of Medicine’s Alumni Association. He will receive the award Oct. 27 at the UMN School of...


Student-Run Medical Clinic Open House to Celebrate 40th Anniversary of the CUP Program

Students, faculty and staff celebrated the 40th anniversary of the Commitment to Underserved People (CUP) program on Thursday, Oct. 18, at 5 p.m. on the University of Arizona Health Sciences Plaza. (View photos from the event here.)Housed in the UA College of Medicine – Tucson, CUP gives medical students the opportunity to provide free medical...


New UA Researchers to Showcase Medical Innovations and Inventions, Oct. 16

Medical researchers from the University Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson will gather from 5 to 7 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 16, for the 2018 Innovations and Inventions research fair. The second annual event will spotlight up-and-coming basic scientists and clinicians and their research endeavors and success stories. It will take place at the Walkway...


COLLEGE OF MEDICINE – TUCSON DEAN SEARCH

We are making significant progress in our search for the next dean of the UA College of Medicine – Tucson. The job description and recruitment materials have been finalized.  (Click here to view the job description.) We’ve received inquiries about and nominations for the position that include a number of diverse and highly-qualified candidates....


Banner – University Medicine in Tucson Welcomes New CEO

Banner Health welcomes Chad Whelan, MD, MHSA, as chief executive officer of Banner – University Medicine in Tucson, effective Sept. 26.Dr. Whelan will have oversight of Banner – University Medical Center Tucson, Banner – University Medical Center South, dozens of clinics, the Banner – University Medical Group physician practice plan in Tucson and...


The Future of Health Care — Insurance, Access to Care, Prescription Benefits — to be Discussed by UA Health-Care Policy Expert, Oct. 3

WRITERS/EDITORS NOTE: Dr. Derksen is available for interviews; to make arrangements, please email Sharon Vanskiver, UA Zuckerman College of Public Health, sharonv@email.arizona.edu TUCSON, Ariz. – The critical state of the U.S. health-care system and the potential impact of the mid-term elections will be the topic of a lecture by University of...


Medical Students Create Life-Saving Hands-Only CPR Training Videos in Spanish

Overwhelming evidence shows bystander chest-compression-only CPR significantly improves survival from a cardiac arrest. Research also reveals large disparities in survival that exist between socioeconomic, racial, and ethnic groups. Hispanics, in particular, remain less likely to receive this form of CPR than non-Hispanics. A group of medical...


‘The Frayed Safety Net: The Future of Public Hospitals in America’ Discussed in Free Public Lecture, Oct. 4

From Boston and Philadelphia to Chicago and Los Angeles, our nation’s flagship public hospitals are disappearing in a sea of apathy and red ink. David Oshinsky, PhD, director of the Division of Medical Humanities at New York University Langone Health in New York, will discuss “The Frayed Safety Net: The Future of Public Hospitals in America,” at...


‘From Sick Care to Health Care: Lifestyle Medicine and the Prevention of Chronic Disease’ Subject of UA Arthritis Center Lecture, Sept. 5

“From Sick Care to Health Care: Lifestyle Medicine and the Prevention of Chronic Disease,” will be presented Wednesday, Sept. 5, 6-7:15 p.m., at Banner – University Medical Center Tucson, DuVal Auditorium, 1501 N. Campbell Ave., Tucson. The 75-minute presentation will include time for questions and answers. Speaker Charles A. Katzenberg, MD, FACC...


UA-Banner Doctors to Provide Free Community Health Lectures Tuesdays in September at ‘Doc Talks’

Top doctors and researchers at the University of Arizona College of Medicine ­– Tucson and Banner Health will provide free health lectures in September. The Tucson community is invited to attend and pose their questions directly to physicians. The “Doc Talks” lecture series will take place from 5-7 p.m. each Tuesday in September at The Westin La...


Health-Care Policy, Rural Health Expert Dr. Daniel Derksen Appointed Associate VP at UA Health Sciences

Daniel Derksen, MD, a nationally noted health-care policy and rural health expert, and University of Arizona faculty member and administrator, has been appointed associate vice president for health equity, outreach and interprofessional activities at the UA Health Sciences. Dr. Derksen is a professor of public health in the Department of...


UA Medical Students to Honor Willed Body Donors

This week, medical students at the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson will plant a tree in memory of those who have passed away and generously donated their bodies to science. The annual event, known as the Tree Blessing Ceremony, will take place at 9 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 22, in the Dr. Norman Koelling Willed Body Memorial Garden...


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