Arizona Bioscience News: ASU wastewater testing; ColoGuard colorectal cancer screening; 12th annual SciTech Festival

December 15, 2022

By Jessica Vaile

Tempe was at the forefront of wastewater testing for COVID-19, other emerging health crises / KJZZ 

In the pandemic’s early days, Arizona State University transformed its wastewater monitoring project for the city of Tempe from an opioid monitor to a COVID-19 early warning system with an open-access dashboard. Now, there are plans to use this technology to expand far beyond COVID-19 and opioids. 

A new device helps screen adults for colorectal cancer / Arizona PBS 

Exact Sciences—the company behind ColoGuard which screens adults at average risk of colorectal cancer by detecting certain DNA markers and blood in the stool—entered the Phoenix market when it acquired companies and technologies from TGen and the International Genomics Consortium. 

Viruses, ‘patient boarding’, staffing shortages create gridlock in Arizona ERs, doctors say / Arizona Republic 

Arizona hospitals, facing a higher-than-usual level of patients with respiratory viruses and inadequate staffing, are gridlocked because of a backlog of patients in emergency rooms, a statewide physician group says. 

Mayo Clinic performs heart transplant using new technology for the 1st time in AZ / KJZZ 

A Lake Havasu City man recently became the first patient in Arizona to receive a heart transplant using “heart-in-a-box” technology, performed by Mayo Clinic, which keeps the organ warm and supplies it with oxygen and nutrients during transport. 

University of Arizona’s College of Medicine in Tucson acts to resolve multiple issues / Arizona Republic 

Leaders of the University of Arizona College of Medicine-Tucson—which was given full accreditation for an “indeterminate term” with a follow-up review in the 2023-24 school year—faced a consultation on their plan to address multiple issues raised by the school’s accreditor. 

Arizona’s COVID-19 outbreak is among worst in U.S., but not as bad as last winter / KJZZ 

Arizona’s health department reported 11,550 new COVID-19 cases in its weekly update, which is a decrease from last week but still among the worst outbreaks in the country. Read more: What you need to know about COVID-19 and POTS 

My View: Arizona event will spark learning, inspire students and fuel our economy / Phoenix Business Journal (Op-ed) 

Jeremy Babendure, executive director of the SciTech Institute, writes that the 12th annual Arizona SciTech Festival set to kick off Jan. 21 at WestWorld of Scottsdale will inspire young minds to become our next scientists, engineers and entrepreneurs and carry us forward in a stronger and more sustainable economy.   

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December 16: 6th Annual Doing Research in Indigenous Communities Conference

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