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The University of Arizona Health Sciences eNewsletter
October 2018
SPOTLIGHT

The University of Arizona College of Pharmacy has established the Arizona Center for Drug Discovery, connecting researchers at the UA in Tucson and Phoenix with pharmaceutical partners to advance drug discovery throughout the state.

The UA Health Sciences Strategic Plan in underway and we would like to hear from you.
Please join us for a Town Hall in Tucson on Monday, Oct. 29, from 2-4 p.m., at DuVal Auditorium or in Phoenix on Tuesday, Oct. 30, from 3-5 p.m., at the Health Sciences Education Building, E113-E115.
The UA College of Medicine – Tucson’s Commitment to Underserved People (CUP) program celebrated its 40th anniversary. Through the program, UA medical students provide free medical care and education to the Tucson community and Southern Arizona.
After proving surprisingly beneficial in human clinical trials at the UA for the treatment of pain resulting from fibromyalgia and migraines, green light therapy now will be tested in a preclinical study to determine if it successfully can control HIV-related neuropathic pain.
Banner Health welcomes Chad Whelan, MD, MHSA, as chief executive officer of Banner – University Medicine in Tucson. Dr. Whelan will have oversight of Banner – University Medical Center Tucson, Banner – University Medical Center South, dozens of clinics, the Banner – University Medical Group physician practice plan in Tucson and more than 6,000 Banner Health employees in Southern Arizona.
UA Nursing Professor Rene Love’s passion for bringing health care to rural and medically underserved communities is bolstered by an $821,171 grant from the Health Resources and Service Administration.
Michelle Dorsey, MD, clinical assistant professor in the Department of Radiology at the UA College of Medicine – Phoenix plans to advance the standing of the Veterans Administration through her recent appointment as a White House Leadership Fellow.
Reducing toxic stress to prevent chronic diseases such as obesity and diabetes in children living in both rural and urban communities in Arizona is the focus of a pilot study by researchers at the UA Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health.
Daniel Derksen, MD, associate vice president for health equity, outreach and interprofessional activities at the UA Health Sciences, has been selected for the 2018 Leonard M. Napolitano, PhD, Award by the University of New Mexico School of Medicine’s Alumni Association.
With the shared goal of enrolling 1 million or more volunteers nationally in the National Institutes of Health All of Us Research Program, Arizona has reached a significant milestone of enrolling 15,000 participants.
In 2013, Academy Award-winning actress Angelina Jolie wrote an opinion piece for the New York Times detailing her journey involving genetic testing for breast and ovarian cancer. The filmmaker and humanitarian, whose mother and aunt died of ovarian and breast cancer, respectively, was determined not to fall victim to the same fate.
What lacks a brain but has the ability to swiftly avoid setting off our body’s intruder detectors, bringing its own blueprints into our cells to make more of itself, and in some cases, cause cancer? Human papillomavirus.
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