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A medication management software and business model that UA College of Pharmacy faculty and researchers developed has now been licensed with help from the University's Tech Launch Arizona. The software system, which evaluates hundreds of millions of prescriptions and medical claims for risk aversion, has been licensed to SinfoníaRx, a new division of the Tucson-based health care company Sinfonía HealthCare Corporation.
Included in the UA College of Medicine - Phoenix's growing student population are a number of nontraditional students who are looking to change careers. Those students are a key part of the college's goal of addressing a shortage of physicians in Arizona.
UA associate professor Wolfgang Fink is researching ways to improve retinal implants for people who have lost their sight. Implant patients can usually detect the presence of light, but the images they see are very low resolution. Fink and his colleagues think they can improve the technology so that implant patients could make out something as detailed as a bird flying in the sky.
A UA research team has launched a new project investigating barriers to access to hearing health care along the U.S.-Mexico border. UA assistant professor Nicole Marrone is leading the National Institutes of Health-funded project, which will involve audiologists, public health researchers, community health workers and translators.
Medical education at the UA College of Medicine – Phoenix has received a big boost with the latest in simulation technology from SynDaver Labs, manufacturer of the world's most sophisticated synthetic human tissues and body parts. The exclusive collaboration between the medical school and Tampa, Fla.,-based SynDaver Labs could create up to 1,000 jobs over the next several years.
With support from a new $878,000 grant, the Center of Excellence in Women’s Health at the UA’s Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public will lead a multidisciplinary team that will work to provide health information to underserved Hispanic women and their families in Pima County.
The UA Integrative Health Center in Phoenix provides conventional medical care plus complementary care – including acupuncture, chiropractic care, mind-body therapies, nutrition evaluations, health coaching and wellness groups, as well as classes like yoga and Tai Chi. The center, the first in the nation to implement the integrative primary care model developed at the UA's Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine, is celebrating its one-year anniversary this month.
Toxicologist and pediatrician Dr. Leslie Boyer, founding director of the UA's VIPER Institute, has been named the 2013 Arizona Bioscience Researcher of the Year by the Arizona Bioindustry Association. Boyer was lead investigator for a scorpion antivenom clinical trials program that resulted in FDA approval of the antivenom Anascorp.
Sudden cardiac arrest is the No. 1 cause of death for young athletes. The UA's Dr. Jil C. Tardiff is researching a genetic condition called hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, which is one of the most common causes of sudden cardiac arrest in young people. In collaboration with her colleagues, she is developing an HCM clinic at The University of Arizona Medical Center.
Jessica Valenzuela suffered from headaches for years, and they got worse when she became pregnant with twins. After delivering her two boys, the headaches became debilitating, and a scan revealed a softball-sized tumor on the right side of Valenzuela's brain. The UA's Dr. Travis Dumont was able to remove the tumor, performing a procedure never before done at The University of Arizona Medical Center.
The Mountain West Preparedness and Emergency Response Learning Center at the UA's Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health has been awarded a three-year $600,000 cooperative agreement to work with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to help communities prepare for public health emergencies and mass casualty events. The research is a collaborative effort between federal, state, tribal and local partners.
Barbara B. Brewer, clinical associate professor at the UA College of Nursing, has been awarded a four-year, $1.3 million grant by the National Institutes of Health to study the top reason for medical errors: communication issues.
Brewer and her team will advance the scientific application of social network analysis – the mapping and measurement of communications patterns – in 26 nursing units nationwide, with the goal of improving patient safety and quality outcomes.
A UA study provides projections of how climate change may affect populations of West Nile virus-carrying mosquitoes across the southern U.S. in the coming 40 years. While changes are expected to vary strongly by region, researchers say the southern states should expect a general trend toward longer seasons of mosquito activity and smaller midsummer mosquito populations.
UA surgeons Dr. Zain Khalpey and Dr. Robert Poston became the first to implant a left ventricular assist device using a surgical robot in John Hulslander, 67, who was losing his battle with ischemic cardiomyopathy. Since the groundbreaking surgery in May, four more patients have undergone the robotic procedure at The University of Arizona Medical Center-University Campus.
Nationally renowned surgeon Dr. Alexander Chiu and his team at the UA Medical Center are developing methods to better treat sinusitis, an inflammation of the nasal sinuses that affects millions. In a recent challenging case, Chiu removed polyps from a patient in a way that would result in no facial scars, less pain and easier recovery.
With a new $6 million federal grant, UA public health researchers are collaborating with Northern Arizona University and Diné College to establish the Center for American Indian Resilience. The National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities awarded the five-year grant for researchers to investigate health issues in American Indian communities and improve policy and education.
UA researchers are collaborating on a three-year, $750,000 NASA grant to advance understanding of astronaut crew health and performance during space exploration missions. The project's goal is to better understand infectious disease risks to NASA crews, who are often considered to more susceptible to infections due to a reduced immune function during spaceflight missions.
UA pharmacologists have been awarded a $1.1 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to study the underlying molecular causes of post-surgery pain, with hopes of developing treatments that prevent such pain from developing.
UA scientists have discovered an unknown mechanism that establishes polarity in developing nerve cells. Understanding how nerve cells make connections is an important step in developing cures for nerve damage resulting from spinal cord injuries or neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s.
The UA's Master of Science for Entry to the Profession of Nursing is the only program of its kind in Arizona, and it has just graduated its first group of students at its Phoenix campus. The 16 new nurses hold degrees in disciplines that include education, veterinary science, anthropology and law.