In the news / Precision Medicine

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While the Coronavirus continues to be ever-present in daily life, for many Americans with compromised immune systems, a third shot of one of the mRNA vaccines may provide additional protection from the virus.
 
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Tucson is a place of innovation and ever-changing scientific endeavors. CyVerse has received a $1.3 million grant from the National Institute of Food and Agriculture to help transform farming with artificial intelligence. This will aid in the expansion of resilient farming. Additionally, a sleep study is being conducted to utilize breathing exercises to reduce blood pressure and improve cardiovascular health in adults with obstructive sleep apnea.
 
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A recent study by researchers at the UArizona College of Medicine – Phoenix defines a mechanistic role for an understudied bacteria family in gynecologic disease.
 
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In cases of breast cancer, bone metastasis – when cancer cells spread to new sites in the bone – causes the most breast cancer-related harm and is often incurable in advanced disease.
 
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The University of Arizona Health Sciences Career Development Awards (CDA) program recently selected Dr. David Tzou, as one of its four 2021 recipients. Mentored by BIO5 member Dr. Gayatri Vedantam, Dr. Tzou’s research focuses on minimizing radiation in kidney stone patients and using ultrasound to guide surgeries for kidney stones and enlarged prostates.
 
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While melanoma is more common in men overall, the rates are higher in women under 50, and clinical trials are a big part of the research needed to save lives. Leaders at the University of Arizona Skin Cancer Institute are focused on finding new therapies and treatments to help patients prevent and treat melanoma.
 
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There is a new treatment for Alzheimer's, after 20 years, now approved by the FDA, a drug called Aducanumab. This drug targets beta-amyloid plaques in the brain and removes some of those plaques.
 
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A new Bachelor of Science in Medicine expands opportunities for students to pursue jobs in health care, where demand for trained professionals is rising.

 
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Single-subject genomic methods hold the key to understanding disease origins, assess patient vulnerability and predict treatment outcomes.
 
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May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month, and our BIO5 researchers are working to better prevent and diagnose this highly prevalent cancer.
 
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On World Asthma Day, we applaud the innovative and translational lung research conducted by our BIO5 Institute members.
 
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Millions are being vaccinated for COVID-19, but some researchers are looking for new ways to detect it. University of Arizona scientist and BIO5 member Dr. Judith Su, is searching for a method to find the disease at the molecular level. If successful, the coronavirus could be detected through sensors that can deliver results within a minute.
 
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Dr. Monica Kraft, professor and chair of the College of Medicine – Tucson’s Department of Medicine, deputy director of the Asthma and Airway Disease Research Center, and BIO5 faculty, has received the Paul Harris Fellowship Award from Rotary International for her contributions to precision medicine as both principal investigator for the University of Arizona – Banner Health All of Us Research Program and a renowned basic and translational physician-scientist specializing in precision medicine therapies to treat severe asthma.
 
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Dr. Yves Lussier discusses the fusion of of technology and bioinformatics in precision medicine.
 
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Recognizing progress BIO5 researchers are making against this devastating neurodegenerative condition during Parkinson’s Disease Awareness Month.
 
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UArizona molecular and cellular biology professor and BIO5 member Dr. Daniela Zarnescu, leads her lab in using fruit flies to study neurodegenerative diseases, including ALS. Dr. Zarnescu’s team have shown that locomotor defects are observed, like with ALS patients, where Dlp, short for Dally-like protein – is reduced at the site. The next step in this research is restoring the protein that corresponds to Dlp in humans, with hopes that it will increase motor function in patients.
 
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We’re highlighting BIO5 researchers’ strides against malignant cancers during Oral, Head and Neck Cancer Awareness Week.
 
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As COVID-19 vaccines begin to disseminate across the globe, Dr. Robert Jackson discusses virus research and communicating with the public.