Arizona Health Sciences Center at UA Saw Advances, Milestones During 2008 (June-January)

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 June through January) include:

The University of Arizona Program in Integrative Medicine Earns ‘Center of Excellence’ Designation
June 26, 2008
ARIZONA — Program founded in 1994 by internationally renowned author and integrative medicine pioneer Andrew Weil, MD.

Prestigious Pew Award Goes to UA’s Felicia Goodrum
June 25, 2008
TUCSON, Ariz. — Felicia Goodrum, a virologist in the Department of Immunobiology, received $60,000 a year for four years for her research on how viruses persist in the human body, particularly a member of the herpes virus family called cytomegalovirus, or CMV.

UPH Hospital and UMC Among 100 ‘Best Value Hospitals’ in U.S.
June 24, 2008
TUCSON, Ariz. — University Medical Center and University Physicians Hospital ranked among the top 100 Best in Value Hospitals.

$2.1 million training grant helps boost Arizona Cancer Center’s Cancer Biology Program
June 24, 2008
TUCSON, Ariz. — The National Cancer Institute awarded the Arizona Cancer Center a $2.1 million T32 Training Grant.

UA’s Steele Children’s Research Center Director Fayez K. Ghishan, MD, Awarded Prestigious $2.5M MERIT Award
June 24, 2008
TUCSON, Ariz. — Method to Extend Research In Time (MERIT) award from the National Institutes of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK).

Arizona Telemedicine Program Receives 21st Century Achievement Award From Computerworld Honors Program
June 23, 2008
ARIZONA — Global Information Technology Awards Foundation pays tribute to first-of-a-kind video amphitheater housed at T-Health in Phoenix.

Dr. Iman Hakim Appointed Dean of UA Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health
June 20, 2008
ARIZONA — Dr. Iman Hakim, a national leader in health promotion, prevention and education, appointed dean of The University of Arizona Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health.

UA Plans Joint Biotech Venture With Osaka University
June 20, 2008
TUCSON, Ariz. — An agreement between the UA and Osaka University’s School of Pharmaceutical Science boosts the biotechnology industry in both locations.

Renowned Immunologist Dr. Janko Nikolich-Zugich Joins UA College of Medicine
June 11, 2008
ARIZONA — Janko Nikolich-Zugich, MD, PhD, immunobiology department head and Arizona Center on Aging co-director.

New Research Center is the ‘CATS Meow’ of Clinical Trials
June 10, 2008
ARIZONA — “We want to take research in all of its aspects, and make it more efficient and easier for researchers to participate,” says Susanne Olkkola, MEd, MPA.

Teaching Teachers to Teach
June 10, 2008
TUCSON, Ariz. — UA health-care preceptors graduate from Rural Faculty Development Fellowship.

UA Research Professor Takes Energy Healing Outside the Laboratory -- Into the Corral
June 10, 2008
ARIZONA — Work with dogs and horses and suggests that the animals’ responses to Reiki might help us understand how it works to alleviate stress.

Arizona Cancer Center’s Better Than Ever Program announces 2008-09 grant award winners
June 9, 2008
TUCSON, Ariz. — Better Than Ever (BTE) fitness training and fund-raising program supports women’s cancers research.

The Lancet Spotlights Therapeutic Cooling; Therapy Available at 14 Arizona Cardiac Arrest Centers, Including UMC
June 9, 2008
ARIZONA — Therapeutic cooling, a technique used at University Medical Center to prevent brain damage in cardiac arrest patients.

UA Medical Students and Rural Physicians Work Side-by-Side
June 4, 2008
ARIZONA — Program helps increase the number of physicians practicing in rural Arizona.


UA Clinical Trial on Pycnogenol Shows Improvements for Type 2 Diabetes and Osteoarthritis Patients
June 3, 2008
ARIZONA — Type 2 diabetes patients obtained desirable blood pressure control; patients with knee osteoarthritis had reduced pain and stiffness.

UA Medical Students ‘Virtual Participants’ in First International Student Congress of Medical Sciences in Kosova
May 30, 2008
TUCSON, Ariz. — Real-time videoconferencing technology connects Tucson ...


Consortium Supports UA Researcher’s Non-Embryonic Stem Cell Research
May 29, 2008
TUCSON, Ariz. — David Harris, PhD, UA College of Medicine professor and BIO5 member, received a $150,000 grant to fund his research into using cord stem cells to regenerate damaged cornea cells.

Arizona Cancer Center announces formation of Cancer Health Disparities Institute
May 21, 2008
TUCSON, Ariz. — The National Cancer Institute awarded researchers at the Arizona Cancer Center a one-year, renewable $200,000 grant.

UMC Re-Designated an Elite ‘Magnet Hospital,’ Nursing’s Highest Honor
May 13, 2008
TUCSON, Ariz. — UMC won the American Nurses Association’s highest national honor for nursing excellence.

UA Steele Children’s Research Center’s Novel Cancer Vaccine Advances Toward Clinical Trials
May 7, 2008
ARIZONA — A novel therapeutic cancer vaccine developed by a research team...


Research Matters at the UA College of Medicine: UA Department of Neurology
April 25, 2008
ARIZONA — Progenitor cells hold promise for ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease) treatment.


UA Scientist Shares in Discovery of Microbe Filaments’ Power
April 18, 2008
ARIZONA — Researchers from the UA and Columbia University have discovered that tiny filaments (pili) on bacteria can bundle together and pull with forces far stronger than experts had previously thought possible.

Arizona Cancer Center researcher announces results of clinical trial
April 14, 2008
TUCSON, Ariz. — Combination of difluoromethylornithine (DFMO) and sulindac, a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID), shown to reduce the risk of recurrent colorectal polyps, a precursor to colon cancer, by up to 95 percent with minimal toxicity.

New clinical trial to study effects of green tea extract on prostate cancer prevention
April 7, 2008
TUCSON, Ariz. — The Arizona Cancer Center is conducting a clinical investigation on the effects of Polyphenon E (a green tea extract) on prostate cancer prevention.

Steele Center Researcher Awarded 5-Year NIH Grant to Explore Cause of Deadly Gastrointestinal Disorder
April 1, 2008
ARIZONA — A researcher at the UA College of Medicine is making progress to determine the cause of a deadly inflammatory gastrointestinal disorder that kills thousands of premature infants each year.

American Heart Association Endorses Chest-Compression-Only CPR
March 31, 2008
ARIZONA — Improved bystander protocol for cardiac arrest pioneered at UA Sarver Heart Center.

UA Steele Center Investigators Discover Answers to Deadly Diarrhea
March 31, 2008
ARIZONA — Fayez K. Ghishan, MD, director of the Steele Children’s Research Center, and Pawel Kiela, PhD, research associate professor, are investigating why diarrhea can be so deadly.

UMC Nurse Kathy Tobias, RN, Winner of New DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses
March 28, 2008
TUCSON, Ariz. — UMC nurse who cares for patients with gynecological cancer honored.


UA Neurosurgeon Dr. Allan Hamilton Examines the Spiritual Side of Medicine in New Book
March 19, 2008
ARIZONA — In The Scalpel and Soul, Dr. Hamilton, recounts his own remarkable experiences both in and out of the operating room.

Less Pain, Faster Recovery, Higher Quality of Life: UMC Named National Training Center for Minimally Invasive Lung Surgery
March 18, 2008
ARIZONA — University Medical Center now a national training site for minimally invasive lung surgery.

Women’s Center of Excellence Receives Grant Honor
March 12, 2008
TUCSON, Ariz. — The UA National Center of Excellence in Women’s Health (WCOE) at University Physicians Hospital has been awarded a $2.1 million , five-year Race and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health (REACH US) grant from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention to reduce cervical cancer disparities.

New Team Revitalizes UMC Liver Transplant Program
March 12, 2008
TUCSON, Ariz. — The University Medical Center Liver Transplant Program has been revitalized, with four liver transplants performed in the last four weeks.

Survival after Cardiac Arrest Increases Three-fold with new Resuscitation Protocol in Arizona, JAMA Study Reports; Technique Developed at The University of Arizona
March 11, 2008
ARIZONA — The study is part of the resuscitation evaluation project, Save Hearts in Arizona Registry and Education (SHARE).

New Medical Residency Programs to Begin at UPH Hospital
March 6, 2008
TUCSON, Ariz. — University Physicians Hospital, in collaboration with the UA, is creating seven new residency programs.

First Patent for UA Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health
March 4, 2008
TUCSON, Ariz. — It may turn out that the much-sought “fountain of youth” springs from within, with a little regulation of the immune system.

UA Program in Integrative Medicine Grand Rounds, March 6: Medicinal Use of Turmeric in Rheumatoid Arthritis
February 21, 2008
TUCSON, Ariz. — Discussion of recent research at the UA examining the efficacy of turmeric in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis.

UA Professor Laurence Hurley to Receive Biotechnology Award
February 19, 2008
TUCSON, Ariz. — Laurence Hurley, PhD, Howard Schaeffer Chair in Pharmaceutical Sciences at the UA College of Pharmacy and associate director of the BIO5 Institute recognized by...

UA’s Brian Erstad First Pharmacist to Receive Critical Care Medicine Award
February 18, 2008
TUCSON, Ariz. — Brian Erstad, PharmD, professor at the UA College of Pharmacy, is the first pharmacist ever awarded the Society of Critical Care Medicine’s Shubin-Weil Master Clinician/Teacher: Excellence in Bedside Teaching Award.

Arizona Cancer Center awarded $2.8 million grant to study effects of selenium and vitamin E against colorectal cancer in men
February 14, 2008
ARIZONA — The Arizona Cancer Center was awarded a $2.8 million five-year grant to study the preventive effects of the dietary supplements selenium and vitamin E against colorectal cancers.

UMC Heart Surgeons Perform 1,000th Transplant – Just in Time for Valentine’s Day
February 14, 2008
TUCSON, Ariz. — Michael Boudreaux is University Medical Center’s Cardiothoracic (heart and lung) Transplant Program’s 1,000th transplant patient.

UA College of Medicine Medical Humanities Program’s New ‘Video Slam Project’ Featured in Academic Physician and Scientist
February 5, 2008
ARIZONA — Unique new elective course offered to second-year medical students at the UA College of Medicine.

Arizona Cancer Center participates in targeted therapy study for lymphoma
January 23, 2008
ARIZONA — Researchers at the Arizona Cancer Center are part of a nationwide clinical trial to test the effects of an agent on aggressive B-cell lymphoma.

University of Arizona Professor Builds Awareness and Access to Science Careers
January 16, 2008
TUCSON, Ariz. — Marc E. Tischler is driven to increase the number of underrepresented students pursuing research degrees in the fields of science.

Arizona Cancer Center receives $6.5 million NCI grant to test new targeted anticancer drugs
January 8, 2008
TUCSON, Ariz. — The Arizona Cancer Center’s Therapeutic Development Program received five-year $6.5 million grant.

UA College of Medicine Researcher Studies Ancient Method for Modern-Day Healing
January 7, 2008
ARIZONA — Ancient Tibetan healing practice known as Reiki used increasingly in hospitals and clinics.

UA Doctor Lends a Helping Hand to Honduras
January 7, 2008
TUCSON, Ariz. — Joseph E. Sheppard performed more than 60 free hand, elbow and shoulder operations at Hospital Escuela, the teaching hospital in Tegucigalpa.

T-Health in Phoenix: A Model for Medical Education and Health Care of the Future
January 4, 2008
ARIZONA — Health-care professionals are continuing their medical education without leaving their home towns -- thanks to the UA College of Medicine’s Arizona Telemedicine Program.