Spotlights

UA Center for Rural Health Receives $2.2M to Reduce Opioid Deaths in Arizona
The Center for Rural Health at the University of Arizona Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health and the Arizona Department of Health Services will collaborate on a $2.2 million federal grant to train first responders to recognize opioid overdoses and administer naloxone, a drug used to counter the effects of opioid overdose and save lives.

UA Physician-Scientist Awarded Grant to Develop First Diagnostic Test for Schizophrenia
Amelia Gallitano, MD, PhD, studies genetic pathways and their response to the environment, hoping to improve treatments for mental illness.

UA Compassion Meditation Researcher Dr. Thaddeus Pace Receives $50K Gift from the Estate of Jack Challem
The estate of bestselling integrative health author, Jack Challem, will support research of UA College of Nursing’s Dr. Thaddeus Pace’s involving cancer survivors and their friends and family.

UA Experts: Valley Fever Cases See Major Spike in November; New Rapid Assay Test Should Help Reduce Diagnosis Delays
An uptick in reported cases of Valley fever indicates a likely sharp increase in infections next year. At the same time, federal clearance for a rapid assay test developed with assistance from the University of Arizona should help reduce delays in diagnosing the respiratory fungal disease caused by spores found in area soils.

UA Researcher Receives NIH Grant to Discover Novel Antidepressants
Dr. Deveroux Ferguson awarded $2.3 million grant from National Institutes of Health for research to design new generation of therapeutics.

Banner - University Medicine North $100 Million Outpatient Campus Opens Dec. 28
Public preview of Banner – University Medicine North, Monday, Dec. 11

Breast Cancer Patients Access Innovative Care through UA Cancer Center Clinical Trials
Breast cancer is a top killer, striking 1 of 8 women. In response, the University of Arizona Cancer Center offers clinical trials to find better treatments for the disease.

UA Health Sciences Innovation Building ‘Topping Off’ Ceremony Nov. 17: Futuristic Facility Promotes Team-Based Health Professions Education
The ‘topping-off’ ceremony for the new $165 million University of Arizona Health Sciences Innovation Building signals the advancement of team-based health professions education in the United States.

UA Study on Impact of Delays in Diagnosing Valley Fever Funded by CDC
Dr. Fariba Donovan, an infectious diseases research scientist at the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson, receives contract to examine how the failure to diagnose Valley fever impacts patient health, costs and `antimicrobial stewardship’ of this respiratory infection endemic to the U.S. Southwest.

$8.5M Grant Awarded to Improve Asthma Care with the Navajo Nation
National Jewish Health and the University of Arizona bring proven programs to assist underserved population