Breakthrough in Retinal Implants Expected to Restore Sight to the Blin...
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.
UA Receives CDC Grant for Disaster Preparedness
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.
UA Surgeons First in World to Robotically Implant Heart-Assist Device
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.
UA Part of $6M Statewide Investigation of American Indian Health
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.
Coffee grounds, banana peels and horse manure. These are among the many things Compost Cats is gathering. The student-led group is expanding its efforts around and beyond campus, involving local businesses in its composting efforts.
The UA is one of 14 institutions in the country to receive this grant, which funds programs that provide students from economically or educationally disadvantaged backgrounds an opportunity to develop the skills needed to gain admission to and graduate from health professions schools.
A new detection technology that makes microbes glow under a microscope cuts the time required to identify the causes of life-threatening bloodstream infections from days to hours, saving lives and health-care costs, a clinical study conducted by an interdisciplinary UA research team found.
Researchers at the UA and New York University will study the causes behind suicide risk for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth over a three-year period thanks to a $2.8 million grant from the National Institute of Mental Health.
Juan M. Restrepo and Shankar C. Venkataramani, faculty members in the UA mathematics department, are part of a research consortium funded at $112.5 million to study the effects of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill that occurred in 2010.
Glaucoma technology developed by UA faculty members is among the inaugural class of 21 projects to garner funding from the National Science Foundation's Innovation Corps, which aims to guide research with commercial potential out of university laboratories and into the marketplace.