Arizona Health Sciences Center Saw Advances, Milestones during 2008 (December-July)

During the past year, AHSC saw major advances in research and patient care, as well as many honors, awards and other milestones.

During the past year, the Arizona Health Sciences Center (AHSC) at The University of Arizona, which includes the UA Colleges of Medicine, Nursing and Pharmacy; the Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health; University Medical Center; and University Physicians Healthcare, saw major advances in research and patient care, as well as many honors, awards and other milestones. A few of the many AHSC highlights during 2008 (in chronological order from December through July) include:

Arizona Cancer Center and Raytheon Company receive Science Foundation Arizona grant for cancer-detection technology study
December 16, 2008
TUCSON, Ariz. — The Arizona Cancer Center and Raytheon Company were awarded a research grant from Science Foundation Arizona (SFAz) to study ways to adapt satellite remote-sensing technology, now used to image a battlefield, to hopefully one day image the human body for medical purposes.

‘To Selenium, or not to Selenium’ – that was Part of the ‘Question’
December 11, 2008
TUCSON, Ariz. — A large trial like SELECT is the only way to determine for certain the real value of supplements.

Gasping Helps Cardiac Arrest Victims Survive
November 24, 2008
TUCSON, Ariz. — People who witness an individual collapse suddenly and unexpectedly should perform uninterrupted chest compressions even if the patient gasps or breathes in a funny way...

UA Surgeons Perform Record 100th Abdominal Transplant of the Year
November 24, 2008
TUCSON, Ariz. — The 100th abdominal transplant of 2008 at University Medical Center -- the most transplants of kidney, liver and pancreas organs UMC ever has done in one year.

Arizona Cancer Center faculty update book on cancer prevention strategies
November 24, 2008
TUCSON, Ariz. — Faculty of the nationally renowned Cancer Prevention and Control Program at the Arizona Cancer Center updated their collaborative work, Fundamentals of Cancer Prevention.

UA and Southern Arizona VA Developing Sleep Therapy
November 18, 2008
TUCSON, Ariz. — UA and Southern Arizona VA joint study to create a non-medication-based therapy to help veterans and active-duty personnel.

UA Pharmacy Researcher to Study the Adverse Effects of Street Drug ‘Ecstasy’
November 14, 2008
TUCSON, Ariz. — The National Institute on Drug Abuse awarded a UA College of Pharmacy researcher $1.7 million for a nearly five-year study of the long-term adverse effects of the street drug ecstasy, also known as the “hug drug.”

UA Receives $1 Million FEMA Grant to Study Firefighters’ Risk of Sudden Death from Cardiovascular Disease
November 5, 2008
ARIZONA — $1million grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to study firefighters’ risk of sudden death from cardiovascular disease.

No Bailout for Bedsores: Making Prevention Pay
November 3, 2008
TUCSON, Ariz. — The battle against bedsores is gaining attention nationwide.

UA Pharmacy Students Win National Business Plan Competition
October 28, 2008
TUCSON, Ariz. — Four UA College of Pharmacy students earned first place in a competition by the National Community Pharmacists Association.

Robotic System Helps Improve Accuracy in Treating Abnormal Heart Rhythms at UMC
October 21, 2008
TUCSON, Ariz. — UMC acquired the first generation Hansen Sensei Robotic Catheter system and Artisan Control Catheter.

Answering the Question: ‘Which Drug Therapy Is Right for Me?’
October 20, 2008
TUCSON, Ariz. — Pharmacogenomics, the analysis of how the expression of the human genome, the DNA code that instructs the making of the machinery of a cell, is key to the body’s response to drugs.

Arizona Cancer Center offers CEU credit for teachers participating in SunWise™ program: Sun safety now a part of K-8 curriculum in Arizona
October 9, 2008
TUCSON, Ariz. — The Skin Cancer Institute at the Arizona Cancer Center presented a workshop on the SunWise™ program and sun-safety activities.

‘Your Hands - Their Heart’ Arizona Students Learn New CPR with Educational Training Kit
October 3, 2008
TUCSON, Ariz. — 1,800 middle and high schools throughout the state received CPR training kits.

The University of Arizona Department of Pediatrics Awarded $44 Million to Participate in National Children’s Study
October 3, 2008
TUCSON, Ariz. —A major effort to investigate the interaction of genes and the environment on children’s health.

UMC Among Nation’s Top Five Teaching Hospitals for Quality
October 1, 2008
TUCSON, Ariz. — UMC received a prestigious Leadership Quality Award from the University HealthSystem Consortium (UHC).

‘The Emergency Room in Your Chest’
September 29, 2008
TUCSON, Ariz. — Dr. Vincent Sorrell’s team launched a study to investigate new ways of identifying the patients who most likely would benefit from an ICD.

Surviving Cardiac Arrest - Location, Location, Location
September 24, 2008
TUCSON, Ariz. — An editorial in this week’s Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) by researchers at the UA Sarver Heart Center drew national attention.

Renowned Researcher Looks at Stress Differences in Men and Women
September 22, 2008
PHOENIX, Ariz. — Robert J. Handa, PhD, is studying hormone effects on stress responses, notably the differences between the sexes.

Arizona Cancer Center receives $11.5 million SPORE grant to fight Lymphoma
September 8, 2008
TUCSON, Ariz. — Five-year Lymphoma SPORE award granted to only a very small group of similar research collaborations nationwide.

Hope for Diabetes Patients: Bone Infection Doesn’t Mean Amputation
September 5, 2008
ARIZONA — Just-published study by researchers at the UA College of Medicine and two other institutions.

TRIF Funding Supports UA College of Medicine Clinical Researchers
September 5, 2008
ARIZONA — UA program addresses a growing shortage of clinical researchers, fostering and supporting young translational scientists.

UA’s Dr. Hurley Receives One of First NIH EUREKA Grants for Exceptionally Innovative Research
September 3, 2008
TUCSON, Ariz. — Laurence Hurley, PhD, has been awarded one of 38 National Institutes of Health (NIH) grants.

UA College of Pharmacy Admits Biggest PharmD Class Ever
August 26, 2008
TUCSON, Ariz. — The UA College of Pharmacy this fall admitted 97 students into its PharmD (doctor of pharmacy) program, the largest incoming class since the degree program was initiated in 1985.

National Study Names UMC Among Top 100 Hospitals in U.S. for Consistent Performance Improvement
August 14, 2008
TUCSON, Ariz. — A national study named University Medical Center among the top 100 hospitals in the nation.

Noted Health Administrator, Researcher Dr. William Crist Appointed Vice President for Health Affairs at UA
August 14, 2008
ARIZONA — Dr. William M. Crist was appointed vice president for health affairs at The University of Arizona.

Four Surgeons Join UA Department of Surgery, UMC Trauma Center
August 12, 2008
TUCSON, Ariz. — Four more steps toward building the best academic and clinical trauma center in the Southwest.

UA Receives $1.4 Million NIH Training Grant to Study Genes, the Environment, and Human Health
August 11, 2008
TUCSON, Ariz. — The National Institutes of Health awarded the UA a five-year, $1.4 million grant to create a multidisciplinary “training ground” to better understand how genes and the environment interact to affect human health—skills that could one day improve our ability to treat and prevent diseases such as diabetes and asthma.

Alum on a mission
August 11, 2008
TUCSON, Ariz. — Kevin Wright, a 1987 alumnus, is a pharmacist with an unusual mission: to mentor the pharmacy staff of a hospital in a war zone.

The University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix in partnership with Arizona State University Admits Second Class of First-Year Medical Students
August 9, 2008
ARIZONA — Forty-eight first-year medical students participated in the second White Coat Ceremony at The University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix in partnership with Arizona State University, twice the size of the inaugural class in 2007.

Arizona High School Students Learn to Question Medical Knowledge
August 9, 2008
TUCSON, Ariz. — Unique summer research program at the UA College of Medicine takes high school students on a journey to the center of medical and scientific ignorance.

$1 Million Gift Establishes ‘Dorrance Endowed Fellowship in Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition’ at Steele Center
August 6, 2008
TUCSON, Ariz. — The Dorrance Family Foundation donated $1 million to establish the Dorrance Endowed Fellowship in Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition at the UA’s Steele Children’s Research Center.

Measuring a woman’s bone mineral density can provide additional information that may help more accurately determine her risk of developing breast cancer
August 5, 2008
TUCSON, Ariz. — Study is the first to investigate the relationships among bone mineral density, traditional breast cancer risk assessment tool results and breast cancer incidence among the same group of women.

UA College of Medicine Receives Grant to Study Telepsychiatry Treatment
July 31, 2008
TUCSON, Ariz. — One of only 10 sites in the country chosen to develop and test interventions to reduce racial and ethnic disparities in health care.

Medical and Nursing Students from Universidad de Sonora Attend Unique UA Program
July 31, 2008
TUCSON, Ariz. — Month-long Intercambio Médico Arizona-Sonora program, one of the few of its kind in the country.

UA College of Medicine’s Summer Internship Program Promotes Public Health Disparities Research in the U.S.-Mexico Border Region
July 28, 2008
TUCSON, Ariz. — FRONTERA: Focusing Research on the Border program provides practical hands-on research training.

Heart Failure Patient Receives University Medical Center’s First HeartMate II Ventricular Assist Device
July 18, 2008
ARIZONA — Small size of the HeartMate II and its streamlined support system allows patients to retain a high level of mobility.

Internationally Renowned Islet Cell Transplant Surgeon Horacio Rilo Joins The University of Arizona College of Medicine
July 14, 2008
TUCSON, Ariz. — Innovative islet transplantation procedure offers potential cure for patients with severe type 1 diabetes.

UMC Ranks Among U.S.News & World Report’s ‘America’s Best Hospitals’ for 2008
July 11, 2008
TUCSON, Ariz. — University Medical Center is again ranked among the nation’s premier hospitals in U.S.News & World Report’s annual guide to “America’s Best Hospitals.”

UA’s Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine Launches Integrative Medicine in Residency Program
July 10, 2008
TUCSON, Ariz. — The Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine at the UA College of Medicine launched its Integrative Medicine in Residency (IMR) program at eight participating sites throughout the nation.

25 Top Tucson High School Students in UA Labs This Summer
July 7, 2008
TUCSON, Ariz. — KEYS (K-12 Engaging Youth in Science) summer research internship program provides opportunity for students to conduct scientific experiments with renowned researchers at BIO5 and the UA College of Pharmacy.

Arizona Cancer Center study results raise important issues regarding Human Papillomavirus (HPV) in Heterosexual Men
July 7, 2008
TUCSON, Ariz. — Researchers from the Arizona Cancer Center completed a study on the prevalence and risk factors for anal HPV in heterosexual men.