Spotlights

UA Health Policy Expert Dr. Dan Derksen Receives Napolitano Award
Daniel Derksen, MD, UA Health Sciences associate vice president for health equity, outreach and interprofessional activities and Walter H. Pearce Endowed Chair at the UA Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health, has been selected for the 2018 Leonard M. Napolitano, PhD, Award by the University of New Mexico School of Medicine’s Alumni Association.

Thanks to $1.72M Federal Grant: UA Researchers Using Green Light for HIV-Related Pain as Astonishing Therapy Moves to Next Phase of Study
Green light therapy results in decreased chronic pain without side effects and has the promise of easy clinical application due to its low cost, efficacy and availability. This new project addresses the critical need for effective non-pharmacological treatments for HIV-related neuropathy and the hypersensitivity associated with antiretroviral therapy.

Funding Unites UA College of Nursing and MHC Healthcare to Battle Arizona’s Opioid Crisis
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.

UA Skin Cancer Institute Presents 9th Annual Melanoma Walk, Nov. 3
Proceeds support melanoma research, community outreach, education and patient care in Arizona.

Student-Run Medical Clinic Open House to Celebrate 40th Anniversary of the CUP Program
The University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson’s Commitment to Underserved People (CUP) program will celebrate its 40th anniversary; through the program, UA medical students provide free medical care and education to the Tucson community and Southern Arizona.

Tucson High Schoolers to Explore Careers in Medicine Oct. 17
Local high school students will attend “A Pathway to Success,” an interactive health-care career fair spearheaded by residents at the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson.

UA College of Pharmacy Establishes Arizona Center For Drug Discovery
The Center will focus on bridging faculty experts with partners in the pharmacy industry, creating a pipeline for advancing drug discovery and development.

Thanks to Major Collaboration, Nation’s First Opioid Helpline Launches in Arizona
More than 1,100 calls have been received since the helpline launched in March 2018.

University of Arizona Colleges of Law and Pharmacy Launch Graduate Certificate in Health Law
The certificate is designed for graduate students and working health-care professionals who regularly encounter legal, regulatory and ethical issues in health care.

The Future of Health Care — Insurance, Access to Care, Prescription Benefits — to be Discussed by UA Health-Care Policy Expert, Oct. 3
Critical issues facing the U.S. health-care system and the potential impact of the mid-term elections will be discussed by Daniel Derksen, MD, a nationally noted health-care policy expert and associate vice president for health equity, outreach and interprofessional activities at the University of Arizona Sciences. The free lecture will include time for questions and answers.