The University of Arizona Health Sciences eNewsletter
May 2018

Frank Porreca, PhD, a pharmacologist and neuroscientist at the UA College of Medicine – Tucson, has received a five-year, $2.7 million grant from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke to study exactly how stress produces pain – and how to stop it from occurring.

Michael A. Grandner, PhD, MTR, director of the UA Sleep and Health Research Program, has been awarded a $3.6 million grant from the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities to study sleep and health along the U.S-Mexico border.
Twelve UA Health Sciences researchers and two UA researchers recently received Arizona Biomedical Research Commission Awards totaling nearly $6 million that will fund health research relating to neuropathic and cancer pain, migraines, opioids, antibiotics, antivirals, sinusitis, obesity, diabetes, Parkinson’s disease, pulmonary disease and pediatric acute-onset neuropsychiatric syndrome.
Katherine Ellingson, PhD, assistant professor of epidemiology at the UA Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health, received a three-year, $387,000 Arizona Biomedical Research Commission Investigator Grant to develop an antibiotic stewardship program, or “playbook,” for prescribing antibiotics to treat infectious diseases in skilled nursing facilities in Arizona.
Megha Padi, PhD, director of the UA Cancer Center Bioinformatics Shared Resource and an assistant professor of molecular and cellular biology, has developed a computer algorithm called ALPACA that reveals which gene networks are activated in a diseased cell — an approach that could lead to better treatments for various diseases.
Revealing all the steps required to activate an enzyme called a protein kinase may identify new ways to target cancer, according to new University of Arizona-led research.
The UA Health Sciences and Banner Health have received a $9 million award from the National Institutes of Health for the All of Us Research Program. The program, which will total $60 million over five years, represents the largest NIH award in Arizona history.
Murtaza Akhter, MD, an assistant professor at the UA College of Medicine – Phoenix, published a research letter in JAMA Internal Medicine that analyzed the relationship between life expectancy inequality and income inequality, as well as between life expectancy inequality and racial inequality.
There is power in numbers. When a researcher is studying the causes of a human disease, the more people involved in the study, the greater the probability that the study will generate useful results. With this in mind, the National Institutes of Health launched the All of Us Research Project with the goal of partnering with more than 1 million participants across the United States to advance precision medicine
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