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The University of Arizona Health Sciences eNewsletter
June 2018
SPOTLIGHT
University of Arizona College of Nursing Professor Terry A. Badger, PhD, RN, PMHCNS-BC, FAAN

Cancer survivors who suffer negative effects after treatment soon may have access to interventions with the potential to vastly improve their quality of life. UA College of Nursing Professor Terry A. Badger, PhD, RN, has received a $2.5 million grant from the National Cancer Institute to help improve symptoms for cancer survivors after their treatment.

Yann C. Klimentidis, PhD, assistant professor and genetic epidemiologist at the UA Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health
Yann C. Klimentidis, PhD, assistant professor and genetic epidemiologist at the UA Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health, has received a $1.1 million grant from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute to determine the genetic and biological connection between Type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease.
A program at the UA Health Sciences is providing access to health care for underserved communities and the opportunity for health-professions students to practice in a real-world setting.
Ten Pathway Scholars will begin studies in July to become doctors, thanks to a pipeline program offered by the UA College of Medicine – Phoenix that prepares underrepresented students for medical school.
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Communities outside major metropolitan areas often have little access to mental health care, but a grant recently awarded to the UA College of Nursing will give a new generation of nurse practitioners the training to work in those settings.
Middle school-age children participate in several weeklong camps that engage them with STEM activities.
The UA College of Pharmacy is hosting its successful PharmCamp across various locations in Southern Arizona. Campers are introduced to an array of opportunities to help them develop and nurture a lifelong passion for learning, using hands-on science activities and stations.
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Nighttime snacking and junk food cravings may contribute to unhealthful eating behaviors and represent a potential a link between poor sleep and obesity, a UA Health Sciences study has found.
Todd Vanderah, head of the Department of Pharmacology and a member of the Arizona Pain Research Group, based in the UA College of Medicine – Tucson
Researchers with the Department of Pharmacology at the UA College of Medicine – Tucson received grants totaling $1.3 million from the Arizona Biomedical Research Commission, in support of their efforts to develop non-addictive medications to block chronic pain.
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Four highly competitive UA Health Sciences health professions summer training programs, designed to increase the number of health sciences researchers, educators and practitioners from diverse backgrounds and to create awareness of health inequities, started in June.
Rachna Shroff, MD, the UA Cancer Center’s section chief of gastrointestinal medical oncology
A physician-scientist at the UA Cancer Center investigated a novel treatment for pancreatic cancer patients whose tumors exhibited a harmful genetic mutation.
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