UAHS News Archive

Anti-Cancer Immune Response may be Boosted with Combination Therapy, UA Cancer Center Lab Helps Discover

Jan 30, 2019

The University of Arizona Cancer Center collaborated with researchers at the Medical University of South Carolina to uncover better ways to harness the immune system to fight cancer.


Why Women? — Studying the Role of Gender in Alzheimer’s Disease

Jan 25, 2019

Roberta Diaz Brinton, PhD, inaugural director of the Center for Innovation in Brain Science at the University of Arizona Health Sciences, received $5.9 million from the National Institute on Aging to study the role of gender in Alzheimer’s disease and develop precision medicine interventions to prevent — and potentially reverse — the course of the disease in both women and men.


First Statewide Study Shows More Cardiac Arrests Due to Opioid Overdoses

Jan 22, 2019

UA medical students’ research shows tragic impact on young people who abuse opioids.


UA Researchers Lead Study to Encourage Children With Asthma to Use their Inhalers

Jan 8, 2019

UA researchers are studying if the combination of dispensing asthma inhalers (corticosteroids) in the emergency department and supervising their use in elementary schools will increase the medication’s use among children with asthma and decrease emergency department visits.


UA Researchers Developing 15-Minute MRI

Jan 3, 2019

UA engineers are using a $2.1 million grant to improve scanning technologies for challenging patient populations.


UA Scientists Discover Diabetes Drug Could be Used to Treat Common Heart Failure Syndrome

Dec 20, 2018

A cardiovascular research team at the University of Arizona Sarver Heart Center investigated in a lab model whether metformin, a common diabetes drug, could be an effective treatment for heart failure with preserved ejection fraction (HFpEF). The researchers found that the drug reduced left ventricular stiffness, thereby improving capacity for exercise. Metformin relaxes the left ventricle by making a heart muscle protein called titin more compliant.


UA Chemical Biologists Unearth Cause of a Rare Brain Disorder

Dec 13, 2018

In pontocerebellar hypoplasia type 1b, two key biological structures are blocked from binding to one another — which ultimately stunts critical brain growth.


Reconnecting the Disconnected: UA Physiology Professor Receives $1.2M NIH Grant to Use AI to Restore Movement in Paralyzed Limbs

Dec 6, 2018

When a person is paralyzed by a stroke or an injury, the brain and the neuron networks that control movement become disconnected from the muscles. Dr. Andrew Fuglevand is using artificial intelligence to stimulate multiple muscles to elicit natural movement in ways previous methods have been unable to do.


UA Center for Innovation in Brain Science Awarded Maria Shriver's The Women's Alzheimer's Movement Grant

Dec 5, 2018

Led by Roberta Brinton, PhD, the Center for Innovation in Brain Science at the University of Arizona Health Sciences has received one of seven research grants awarded by WAM to leading scientific institutions. The grant will allow the Center to continue its WAM-funded research begun in 2016, and to discover critical information about the long-term impact of hormone interventions on women’s risk of developing Alzheimer's disease.


New Director of Scientific Programs Named for All of Us Research Program at UA-Banner

Dec 5, 2018

Pharmacogenetics expert, Jason Hansen Karnes, PharmD, PhD, BCPS, FAHA, has been named director of scientific programs for the All of Us Research Program team at the University of Arizona and Banner Health.


First-Ever Clinical Trial to Treat Liver Cancer Through Immunotherapy is Accepting Patients

Dec 5, 2018

UA Cancer Center opens clinical trial in Greater Phoenix for novel liver cancer treatment.


UA Scientist Identifies Cellular Gene Signatures for Heart Muscle Regeneration

Nov 30, 2018

A research team led by Jared Churko, PhD, director of the University of Arizona iPSC Core in the UA Sarver Heart Center, used a transcriptomic approach — studying what genes are expressed — to identify gene signatures of cell subpopulations identified as atrial-like or ventricular-like. This understanding could lead to regenerative therapy discoveries for the millions of people living with damaged heart muscle caused by heart attacks or other chronic heart conditions.


UA Team Uncovers Promising Lead in Genetic Approach to Treating Glioblastoma

Nov 29, 2018

University of Arizona scientists hope they have made progress toward a next-generation drug that may slow tumor growth and boost radiation’s effectiveness in patients with the deadly brain cancer.


UA Researcher Awarded $3 Million to Study Genomics in Cerebral Palsy

Nov 29, 2018

Michael Kruer, MD, receives the first federally funded grant to research genetic causes of condition that affects 1 in 250 children.


UA Researchers Help Discover Genetic Factor That Can Help or Hurt Risk for Heart Disease

Nov 27, 2018

Individuals with a particular genetic factor may be more resistant to plaque build-up and have a reduced risk for coronary artery disease.


UA Researchers Study How to Regrow Long Bone Segments Using 3D Printing

Nov 26, 2018

A $2 million grant from the U.S. Department of Defense will support research on 3D-printed scaffolds that support the repair of devastating bone injuries.


UA Neuroscientist Roberta Diaz Brinton Awarded $1M Alzheimer’s Association Grant

Nov 15, 2018

Roberta Diaz Brinton, PhD, inaugural director of the Center for Innovation in Brain Science at the University of Arizona Health Sciences, is one of six international researchers awarded funding through the Alzheimer’s Association's Part the Cloud program to support early phase human trials of potential therapies to save brain cells.


When Melanoma Spreads to the Brain, Patients with BRAF or MEK Mutations Can Find Novel Treatment at UA Cancer Center

Nov 15, 2018

Its ample sun puts residents at risk for melanoma, but Arizona is also home to experimental treatments through early-phase clinical trials at the University of Arizona Cancer Center.


UA Researchers Study Link Between Menstrual Cycle and Quitting Smoking

Nov 14, 2018

Researchers at the University of Arizona Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health and the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the UA College of Medicine – Tucson received a $347,000 grant from the National Institutes of Health to study how the menstrual cycle impacts quit efforts in women of reproductive age who smoke.


UA to Support Smokers on Their Journey to Quit

Nov 14, 2018

The University of Arizona Cancer Center is building a robust tobacco-cessation program to provide support to tobacco users hoping to quit.


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