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The University of Arizona Health Sciences eNewsletter
May 2019
SPOTLIGHT

The implementation of a massive, statewide public health initiative, led by University of Arizona researchers and involving 21,000 prehospital care patients, has doubled the survival rate of severe traumatic brain injury victims and tripled the survival rate among those who were intubated.

Melissa Furlong, PhD, a postdoctoral fellow and environmental epidemiologist at the UA Zuckerman College of Public Health, will study the link between pesticides and childhood attention deficit hyperactivity disorder in Arizona, with funding from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences.
Researchers at the University of Arizona and Banner Health will create alerts to identify patients at risk for developing heart rhythm disorders and sudden cardiac death, thanks to a grant from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.
An interdisciplinary team led by Melissa Herbst-Kralovetz, PhD, associate professor at the UA College of Medicine – Phoenix, integrated cutting-edge analyses, including metabolomics, to reveal new information about how viruses, bacteria, inflammation and disease impact metabolic signatures.
Banner Alzheimer’s Institute, an international leader in the fight against Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias, soon will  begin construction on a new, multidisciplinary memory and research center in Tucson, in collaboration with University of Arizona clinicians and researchers.
The American Academy of Nursing inducted the Rev. Rudy Valenzuela, PhD, NP, FAANP, as a Fellow of the Academy at an induction ceremony during its annual conference in Washington, D.C.
The University of Arizona Genetic Counseling Graduate Program has been accredited with “new-program status” by the Accreditation Council for Genetic Counseling and is the only genetic counseling graduate program in Arizona.
No tests currently are available to evaluate risk for heparin-induced thrombocytopenia. To address this problem, Jason Karnes, PharmD, PhD, assistant professor in the UA College of Pharmacy, received a K01 career development award from the National Institutes of Health to identify predictive and early diagnostic biomarkers for the disorder.
The University of Arizona Mobile Health Program has expanded its services, in partnership with the Southern Arizona AIDS Foundation, Youth on Their Own and Primavera Foundation’s Casa Paloma.
A new bachelor’s degree program in emergency medical services, offered by the Department of Emergency Medicine in the UA College of Medicine – Tucson, is designed to enhance EMS professionals’ leadership and clinical skills, preparing them to lead EMS systems into the future.
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