The University of Arizona

$6M Grant Boosts Molecular Heart Research

UANews | June 17, 2013
Combining the resources and expertise of seven institutions in North America and Europe, a research program will offer new insights into the molecular workings of heart muscle cells and how genetic mutations affect their function. Henk Granzier, a UA professor of physiology, is one of two principal investigators leading the prestigious and highly competitive project.

UA Researcher Studies Protein's Link to Heart Disease

UANews | June 17, 2013
The largest protein known to exist in the human body functions as a molecular spring, and the UA's Henk Granzier is gaining new insights into its role in heart disease. Many heart conditions are well-characterized on a clinical level, but our understanding of what causes these conditions on a cellular and molecular level is still extremely limited.

UA Boosts HIV Early Intervention Services

UANews | June 13, 2013
The UA's Petersen Clinics are working to promote early detection of HIV while connecting newly infected patients with care and services as soon as possible. More than 1.1 million people in the United States are living with HIV, and nearly one in five are unaware of their infection, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Early detection and intervention can go a long way in improving patient outcomes and preventing the spread of the virus.

Young Doctor Defies Odds, Plans to Practice in Tucson

UANews | June 11, 2013
Michael Lokale overcame a rough childhood to excel in family medicine. He is finishing a residency at the UA and, in July, plans to join a practice in Tucson. To Lokale, being a family doctor means being "a complete doctor. You get to see people when they are born. You deliver them, and you follow them throughout their lives. You form relationships with them. You know their stories. I think that's very cool."

Brain Parasite Has Potential to Unlock Neurobiology Secrets

UANews | June 10, 2013
Dr. Anita Koshy sees a common and typically harmless brain parasite as a potential key to unlocking secrets of neurobiology that can be used to intervene in diseases such as Alzheimer's and multiple sclerosis. She has developed new models for the study of Toxoplasma gondii, a parasite that infects more than 10 percent of Americans and up to 80 percent of the population in some countries.

UA College of Medicine-Phoenix Student Earns Fulbright Scholarship

UANews | June 6, 2013
UA College of Medicine-Phoenix third-year student Michele O'Shea is about to take a big step in her quest to practice medicine overseas. O'Shea has been selected for a Fulbright-Fogarty Fellowship in Public Health from the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board. She plans to travel to Malawi for the 2013-14 school year.