The University of Arizona Health Sciences eNewsletter
December 2018

John A. Szivek, PhD, a biomedical engineer and professor of orthopedic surgery, has received a five-year, $2 million grant from the U.S. Department of Defense to launch a study to determine how to heal bone fractures using a combination of 3D printing and adult stem cells.

After nearly five months of workgroup sessions, faculty, staff, student and donor meetings, the implementation phase of the strategic plan begins.The plan includes five themes, or “pillars,” which will propel the UA Health Sciences to make a greater difference in the health of people of our state. Beginning in January 2019, we will begin to implement the first wave of initiatives that will help us innovate the way to a healthier future.
When a person is paralyzed by a stroke or an injury, the brain and the neuron networks that control movement become disconnected from the muscles. Andrew Fuglevand, PhD, is using artificial intelligence to stimulate multiple muscles to elicit natural movement in ways previous methods have been unable to do.
May Khanna, PhD, assistant professor at the UA College of Medicine – Tucson and a member of the UAHS Center for Innovation in Brain Science, and her team, have keyed into the biological mishap that causes stunted brain growth and, ultimately, muscle movement failure.
The UA Cancer Center has been selected as one of eight sites to participate in NAVmetricsTM, a first-of-its-kind national study that will help the Academy of Oncology Nurse & Patient Navigators test uniform standards to guide successful nurse navigation programs nationwide.
The UA Health Sciences Center for Innovation in Brain Science has received one of seven research grants from Maria Shriver’s The Women’s Alzheimer’s Movement™ to leading scientific institutions seeking to understand why Alzheimer’s disease disproportionately affects more women than men.
Michael Kruer, MD, an associate professor of neurology and child health at the UA College of Medicine – Phoenix, has been awarded the first federally funded grant to study whether mutated genes can lead to cerebral palsy.
The Western Region Public Health Training Center at the UA Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health, in collaboration with the UA College of Nursing, has received a $1.49 million, three-year federal grant to provide sexual assault nurse examiners training and certification to expand services to sexual assault victims in rural areas.
UA Cancer Center researchers hope they have made progress toward a next-generation drug that may slow tumor growth and boost radiation’s effectiveness in patients with glioblastoma, a deadly brain cancer.
A novel approach to treat liver cancer using the body’s own immune system is in clinical trials at the UA Cancer Center at Dignity Health St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center. This will be the first time immunotherapy has been used as a primary treatment option for liver cancer.
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