The University of Arizona Health Sciences-Banner Health has received the largest National Institute of Health (NIH) grant award in the state’s history. The $60 million, five-year award will fund the university’s All of Us Research Program, which will include Hispanic/Latino and American Indian/Alaskan Native participants and communities.Read More
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Valley Fever affects nearly 10,000 people in the United States each year, predominately in the Southwestern states of Arizona and California. This infection, caused by the fungus Coccidioide, affects different people in different ways: some get very ill while others are only mildly affected. However people are affected, there is no vaccine to cure the infection. A team of researchers from the University of Arizona, Tucson recently received a $4.8 million grant from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease (NIAID) to develop a vaccine for Valley Fever.Read More
The National Institute of Aging has awarded a five year, $10.3 million grant to the University of Arizona, Tucson to fund research on why women are more susceptible to developing Alzheimer's Disease than men are. Lead researcher Dr. Roberta Diaz Brinton will be collaborating with other UA investigators, as well as with researchers at the University of Southern California with specialties including; neuroimaging and informatics, pharmacology, gerontology, and neuroradiology.
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The National Institute of Health awarded a five year, $7 million grant to Dr. Monica Kraft at the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson. The funding will support a research study titled, “Dysfunction of Innate Immunity in Asthma,” which will seek to improve our understanding of mediators that help control lung inflammation. This in turn may lead to improved therapies for reducing severe asthma attacks.Read More
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Finding matching donors for patients who need bone marrow transplants can be challenging. For ethnic minorities the chances of finding an unrelated donor who is a match through the national donor registry is less than 35 percent. However, thanks to a three year, $600,000 grant from the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society researchers and physicians at the University of Arizona-Tucson are hoping to improve the odds of survival for those patients. This new research funding will be used to support ongoing biomedical research at the UA Steele Children’s Research Center into improving haploidentical bone marrow transplantations (haplo-BMT) as well as launching clinical trials at the UA Cancer Center.Read More
Highlighting UA Tucson's Summer achievements though was a $43 million award to support at least five years of disease research, both on the basic science and clinic sides. This record breaking grant from this NIH, the largest in Arizona's history, will likely propel UA's ranking further ahead on the 2016 NIH Life Science Funding statistics list. In 2015, UAZ received a total of $75.5 million.
“This is huge for Arizona. Only four academic medical centers across the country were chosen,” said Elizabeth Calhoun, one of the grant’s principal investigators at the UA’s Arizona Health Sciences Center. “Arizona will now have the ability to partake in the next generation of science in a way that they have never had an ability to do."
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The second was a $11.4 million, five-year project grant from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute which will fund research into the genetics of acute lung disorders. Dr. Joe "Skip" Garcia, the senior vice president of health sciences at the University of Arizona and principal investigator of this study, received this award through the NIH's highly competitive Project Program Grant which encourages collaborative projects between peers with diverse specialties to catalyze innovative results.
"Coming shortly after the announcement of the largest NIH grant ever awarded in the state of Arizona, this award is another reminder of the strength of the UA Health Sciences and the impact our faculty researchers, clinicians and teachers are creating in our state and around the world." ~UA President Ann Weaver Hart
To learn more about life science research developments and discoveries at the University of Arizona, see the left links featuring recently published UA articles previously published on Science Market Update:
The National Cancer Institute is funding a million dollar study at the University of Arizona to help detect ovarian cancer sooner. It is hoped this project will lead to the first effective screening test for a disease that kills 14,000 women a year and often gives little to no warning of its presence until it’s too late.Read More
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The time between a patient being admitted to the hospital with an infection and the doctor making an accurate diagnosis needs to be quick so the proper treatment can be prescribed. Sometimes, however, the time between admission and diagnosis can take too long, leading to the infection spreading and causing more damage.Read More
University of Arizona, Tucson doctoral student Sara Parker, alongside her adviser Sourav Ghosh (assistant professor of cellular and molecular medicine), have shed light on an unknown mechanism responsible for establishing polarity in developing nerve cells. This research, receiving life science funding from the National Institute of Health and Achievement Rewards for College Scientists Foundation, Inc. (awarded to Sara Parker), is allowing these scientists to understand how nerve cells make connections in the body.