The University of Arizona Health Sciences eNewsletter
July 2018

The Southwest Environmental Health Sciences Center, headquartered at the UA College of Pharmacy, has been awarded a five-year $6.9 million grant to continue to study the effects of arsenic, air particulates, sunlight and other environmental factors affecting the health of individuals residing in arid climates worldwide.

In search of a way to rejuvenate the immune system of older adults, Nikolich-Žugich, MD, PhD, and Megan Smithey, PhD, have found that one particular virus may not weaken, but actually enhance our immune system.
Irving L. Kron, MD, a noted cardiothoracic surgeon and former chairman of the University of Virginia Department of Surgery, has been appointed associate senior vice president for the UA Health Sciences and interim executive dean of the UA College of Medicine – Tucson.
The UA Health Sciences has been awarded two grants totaling $3.9 million for efforts that will help improve health care access for Arizona’s rural and underserved communities by providing hands-on, community-based immersion training opportunities for health professions students.
Kenneth Knox, MD, professor and associate dean of faculty affairs and development, and Frederic Zenhausern, PhD, MBA, professor and director of the UA Center for Applied NanoBioscience and Medicine, have received a grant from the Arizona Biomedical Research Commission to study lung infections and inflammatory conditions in a plant model.
The Western Region Public Health Training Center at the UA Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health has received a $4 million federal grant to improve the public health system in the United States.
People with a high dependence on alcohol at risk of developing serious – and sometimes fatal – complications from respiratory inflammation soon may have a naturopathic supplement that would mitigate their risk factors.
Asthma is strongly influenced by both genetics and the environment. Deb Meyers, PhD, co-director of the Division of Pharmacogenomics at the UAHS Center for Applied Genetics and Genomic Medicine, works with groups across the nation to find genes that predispose children to develop allergic asthma.
A decades-old drug known as ketamine is being repurposed to potentially help Parkinson’s patients in a new clinical trial at the UA College of Medicine – Tucson.
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