UA's Valley Fever Center for Excellence Hosts Public Presentation, Nov. 15

The Valley Fever Center for Excellence at The University of Arizona College of Medicine and the Southern Arizona VA Health Care System (SAVAHCS) will host the 11th Annual Farness Lecture
The Valley Fever Center for Excellence at The University of Arizona College of Medicine and the Southern Arizona VA Health Care System (SAVAHCS) will host the 11th Annual Farness Lecture, a one-hour presentation beginning at noon, Wednesday, Nov. 15, in DuVal Auditorium, as part of the Fourth Annual Valley Fever Awareness Week, Nov. 13-19.

The program, “Valley Fever in Arizona: A Growing Problem and Approaches to Its Control,” is presented in conjunction with Medicine Grand Rounds at the UA College of Medicine and is open to the public at no charge.

UA College of Medicine Dean Keith Joiner, MD, MPH, will introduce the four-part program: 1) a discussion of valley fever in Arizona; 2) the role of physician education in improving patient care; 3) a presentation on the development of nikkomycin Z – a drug being developed at the UA, with the assistance of The Critical Path Institute (C-Path), as a possible cure for valley fever; and 4) an update on efforts to develop a vaccine to prevent valley fever.

Speakers include Rebecca Sunenshine, MD, an epidemiologist for infectious diseases with the Arizona Department of Health Services; Peter Kelly, MD, an infectious diseases specialist with the Arizona Department of Health Services; Susan Hoover, MD, PhD, assistant professor, UA Department of Infectious Diseases; and John Galgiani, MD, professor of medicine and director, Valley Fever Center for Excellence.

Parking is available in the UMC Visitor/Patient Parking Garage. There is a parking fee of $1.50 per hour.

Valley Fever Awareness Week

Gov. Janet Napolitano has proclaimed the week of Nov. 13-19 Valley Fever Awareness Week, in recognition of the need for education and outreach to reduce the seriousness of valley fever (coccidioidomycosis, or “cocci”). Events are planned prior to and during the week for professionals and, where indicated, for the general public. These include:

  • Tuesday, Nov. 7
    Valley Fever Therapy, 1:40-2:20 p.m., Arizona Health Sciences Center (AHSC) Room 2343. John Galgiani, MD, UA professor of medicine and director, Valley Fever Center for Excellence, speaker. Part of the Division of Pulmonary Medicine’s Tuesday Conference series. For members of AHSC.
  • Thursday, Nov. 9
    “Valley Fever Update,” 8-9 a.m. Part of Southern Arizona VA Health Care System (SAVAHCS) weekly Medical Management Conference. Patio Conference Room, SAVAHCS. For clinicians.
  • Tuesday, Nov. 14
    Frontiers in Medical Research Seminar and Poster Session, noon-1 p.m., Arizona Cancer Center Kiewit Auditorium, 1501 N. Campbell Ave., Tucson. Vahe Bandarian, PhD, assistant professor of biochemistry, will discuss the mechanism for new methods for manufacturing nikkomycin Z. Sara Dionne, PhD, research assistant professor of medicine, will talk about the means of creating an immune response to treat patients already afflicted with widespread cocci. Open to the public. Media are welcome to attend.
  • Wednesday, Nov. 15
    Health Law Forum: Valley Fever, 3-5 p.m., Room 140, UA Rogers College of Law, 1201 E. Speedway, Tucson. Panel discussion looking at medical and legal issues that arise in Arizona as a result of valley fever. Speakers are John Galgiani, MD, UA professor of medicine and director, Valley Fever Center for Excellence: Medical Issues; LuAnn Haley, administrative law judge, Industrial Commission of Arizona: Legal Issues; Angela Rhoton, recent UA Rogers College of Law graduate: “One Lawyer’s Battle”; Kirsten Smolensky, JD, associate professor of law, UA Rogers College of Law: moderator. Open to the public. Media are welcome to attend.
  • Wednesday, Nov. 15
    Roundtable Discussion for Veterinarians, 7-9 p.m., Tuscani Pointe, 711 E. Carefree Highway, Phoenix. Registration: $20. Seating is limited. To register, call (623) 434-1180. For more information, please contact Lisa Shubitz, DVM, associate research professor, UA Department of Veterinary Science & Microbiology, (520) 626-8198, or e-mail lfshubit@email.arizona.edu
  • Thursday, Nov. 16
    Valley Fever Case Presentations and Literature Review, noon-1 p.m., AHSC Room 2500 (Dining Room D). Featuring David A. Stevens, MD, professor of medicine, Stanford University. Open to AHSC staff.
  • Thursday, Nov. 16
    “Coccidioidal Meningitis,” address to Arizona Infectious Diseases Society dinner meeting, 6-9:30 p.m. David A Stevens, MD, professor of medicine, Stanford University, speaker. Open to members of the Arizona Infectious Diseases Society.
  • Friday, Nov. 17
    Rheumatology Update for Primary Care Providers, Omni Tucson National Golf Resort. “Coccidioidomycosis Masquerading as a Rheumatologic Disease.” Call JoAnn Rom, (520) 626-6399, for registration information.
  • Saturday, Nov. 18
    "Canine Survivors of Valley Fever," 9-11 a.m., Cosmo Dog Park, Gilbert. Featuring Sharon Dial, DVM, PhD, UA Department of Veterinary Science and Microbiology, K-9 public servants and their handlers. For information, please call Marta Saint-James or Curt Fonger, (480) 982-1690, or e-mail MartaStJames@msn.com

The Valley Fever Center for Excellence provides information to the public, physician consultations with VFCE doctors and physician referrals for patients, and promotes research into all aspects of the disease. Valley fever evaluation and treatment clinics are operated each week at SAVAHCS and at University Medical Center.

For more information about valley fever and/or the events listed, please call the Valley Fever Center for Excellence at (520) 629-4777, or toll-free in Arizona, (800) 470-8262, or ; e-mail vfever@email.arizona.edu; or visit www.vfce.arizona.edu