Arizona Bioscience News: Barrow to open new $50M brain-tumor center; Banner Health to fill 1,500 positions; UA College of Medicine receives $4M to study fatal lung disease

September 13, 2018

By Matt Ellsworth

Why a Scottsdale bioscience exec isn’t letting this drug die on the shelf / Phoenix Business Journal

Scottsdale-based New Amsterdam Sciences Inc. is moving through clinical trials under the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to study how its lead compound, NAS150, can impact radiation-induced lung fibrosis and progressive supranuclear palsy, a rare brain disorder.

$50M Barrow brain-tumor center will seek cures for ‘the most complex’ cancer / Arizona Republic

With $50 million from the Scottsdale-based Ben and Catherine Ivy Foundation, Phoenix-based Barrow Neurological Institute announced the opening of a new center to focus on improving brain-cancer outcomes through experimental clinical trials. Read more: Barrow receives major grant to find cure for deadliest brain cancer

University of Arizona team receives $4.4M grant to test compounds targeting IPF / Pulmonary Fibrosis News

A research team from the University of Arizona College of Medicine-Tucson received a $4.4 million federal grant to study the safety and effectiveness of two experimental treatments believed to delay or possibly reverse excessive scar tissue formation in the lungs of patients with fatal idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis. Read more: UA researchers take major step in curing deadly lung disease

Stem cell transplant cements Arizona men’s father-son bond / Associated Press

An 88-year-old man and his 54-year-old son are celebrating one year of going strong since the father received a crucial stem cell transplant at Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center in Gilbert.

TGen calling for second wave of volunteers in CTE study / KJZZ

Scientists at the Translational Genomics Research Institute in Phoenix need volunteers who may have suffered a head injury while playing any sport to help with its Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy study of NFL players to see if their blood, saliva and urine could show early signs of the degenerative brain disease.

Some cancer treatments could sacrifice pain relief, UA researchers find / Daily Wildcat

A University of Arizona researcher hopes to develop pain-relieving drugs without the side effects of opioids by examining opioid receptors and the cellular actions they are involved in at the molecular level.

Phoenix resident in the limelight as she battles cancer / KTAR

A retired kindergarten teacher from Phoenix battling pancreatic cancer along with Dr. Daniel Von Hoff, a leading pancreatic cancer researcher with TGen and HonorHealth, were part of last week’s Stand Up to Cancer show.

State’s largest health system looks to hire 1,500 in Arizona / Phoenix Business Journal

Banner Health wants to fill 1,500 positions at its facilities throughout the metro Phoenix area and other parts of the state, including nurses, nursing assistants, medical assistants, and technicians.

My View: How Arizona is inspiring a new generation of tech leaders / Phoenix Business Journal (Op-ed)

Bob Witwer, chairman of the Arizona Technology Council Foundation, writes that Arizona is pioneering an innovative approach to encourage careers in science and technology with the Chief Science Officer program, the brainchild of Arizona SciTech, which is creating student liaisons and leaders for STEM in schools and communities.