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The University of Arizona Health Sciences eNewsletter
November 2018
SPOTLIGHT

University of Arizona professor Roberta Diaz Brinton, PhD, a leading neuroscientist in the field of Alzheimer’s disease, the aging female brain and regenerative therapeutics, is one of six international researchers who each have been awarded $1 million, two-year grants by the Alzheimer’s Association.

With the support of a $1.7 million grant from the National Institute on Drug Abuse, Drs. Todd Vanderah and Daniela Salvemini, a colleague and professor at Saint Louis University, are working to put an end to opioid tolerance — a phenomenon that often leads to opioid dependence, abuse and addiction.
Its ample sun puts residents at risk for melanoma, but Arizona also is home to experimental treatments through early-phase clinical trials at the UA Cancer Center.
Researchers at the UA Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health and the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the UA College of Medicine – Tucson will study how the timing of a quit date during the menstrual cycle may improve smoking-cessation rates among women.
The UA Valley Fever Center for Excellence has teamed up with Banner Health to develop a Valley fever “clinical practice” guide, an agreed-upon set of rules for when primary care, urgent care and emergency department clinicians should do tests needed to detect Valley fever earlier.
The UA Center for Applied Genetics and Genomic Medicine and the UA Department of Cellular and Molecular Medicine have teamed up to offer a new graduate program in genetic counseling in fall 2019.
A UA College of Medicine – Phoenix researcher has received a $393,493 grant from the National Institutes of Health to further her research in reducing the risk of heart failure in patients with high blood pressure.
To bolster academic careers in clinical and translational research, applications are being accepted for the UA Health Sciences Career Development Awards, providing research training and funding opportunities for junior UAHS faculty members.
UA College of Nursing Doctoral student Angelina Nguyen was one of six graduate students from across the country to be awarded a scholarship funded by the Johnson & Johnson/American Association of Colleges of Nursing Campaign for Nursing’s Future program.
Banner – University Medical Center Tucson, Southern Arizona’s only Level 1 Trauma Center has been recognized by the American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma for its special expertise in treating babies, children and teens with life-threatening injuries.
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