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Dr. Carlos Gonzales has been elected to the American Academy of Family Physicians Board of Directors and staff member Liz Leko was elected vice president of finance for the Association of Standardized Patient Educators. Dr. Ralph Fregosi was recognized for receiving an NIH research grant award.
Dr. Carlos Gonzales Elected to American Academy of Family Physicians Board of Directors
 
Carlos R. Gonzales, MD, FAAFP, was elected to American Academy of Family Physicians Board of Directors (AAFP). The AAFP represents 105,900 physicians and medical students nationwide. Dr. Gonzales was elected to a three-year term by the AAFP’s governing body, the Congress of Delegates. As an AAFP board member, he  will advocate on behalf of family physicians and patients nationwide to inspire positive change in the U.S. health care system.
 
Dr. Gonzales has been a practicing family physician in Arizona for nearly 30 years. He currently serves as an associate professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the UA College of Medicine – Tucson, where he also is director for curriculum and community-based education. In addition, he serves as an adviser for the college’s Traditional Indian and Western Medicine Collaboration, as well as for minority medical students.
 
Dr. Gonzales received his undergraduate degree from Carleton College, Northfield, Minn., and his medical degree from the UA College of Medicine – Tucson. He completed his family medicine residency at the University of New Mexico College of Medicine, Albuquerque. In addition, Dr. Gonzales holds a fellowship in faculty development from the UA Department of Family and Community Medicine, and another fellowship in adolescent medicine and school health from the University of New Mexico Department of Family and Community Medicine.
 
Liz Leko Elected Vice-President for Association of Standardized Patient Educators
 
Liz Leko, MPA, associate director of clinical and professional skills in the Office of Medical Student Education and instructor of family and community medicine at the UA College of Medicine – Tucson, has been elected vice president, finance, for  the Association of Standardized Patient Educators (ASPE). Her two-year term begins Jan. 1.
ASPE is the international organization for professionals in the field of simulated and standardized patient methodology. A standardized patient (SP) is a person trained to portray a patient scenario for the instruction, assessment or practice of communication and/or physical examination skills of health professions students and providers. SPs provide a safe and supportive environment conducive for learning and for standardized assessment. The UA College of Medicine established it’s nationally recognized Standardized Patient Program in the late 1970s.  
 
UA College of Medicine Researcher Awarded $1.5 Million NIH Grant
 
Ralph Fregosi, PhD, professor of physiology at the UA College of Medicine – Tucson, and Richard Levine, PhD, co-principal investigator and professor of neuroscience at the UA College of Science, have been awarded a $1.5 million grant by the NIH Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health & Human Development to study the chronic nicotine and synaptic transmission in brainstem respiratory neurons.
 
The focus of the study is to better understand how exposure to nicotine in utero and in the early neonatal period (Developmental Nicotine Exposure, DNE) alters development of nervous system structure and function in infants and young children, with specific focus on the hypoglossal motoneurons, which are critical for normal breathing, swallowing, sucking and chewing.