Arizona Bioscience News: TGen starts CTE study, launches new Flagstaff center; Groundbreaking treatment offered at Phoenix Children’s Hospital; Kids build STEM skills

April 5, 2018

By Matt Ellsworth

NAU student’s quest to cure her dog leads to treatment of rare parasite in humans / Arizona Daily Sun

What started as research by a Northern Arizona University graduate student on her own pet is now driving an extensive research project by multiple scientific and public health agencies into an emerging, serious human disease in the Southwest.

Oro Valley takes step to expand tech park development / Tucson Local Media

Oro Valley will add roughly 93 acres of additional land to its previously established Economic Expansion Zone, which allows for the establishment or expansion of a business without requiring a public meeting and hearing process for established uses within the tech park.

Study: Less rattlesnake antivenom leads to shorter hospital stay / KJZZ

Doctors with Banner University Medical Center Phoenix started to reduce the amount of rattlesnake antivenom used and found no negative effects with the treatment, leading to shorter hospital stays.

TGen launches new discovery platform to guard human health / AZ Big Media

The Translational Genomics Research Institute has established a dedicated Clinical Microbiome Services Center at its infectious disease facility in Flagstaff that will study gastrointestinal disorders, skin problems, diabetes, and cancer, while addressing the health needs of animals and the environment.

Children build STEM skills in engineering camp / Ahwatukee Foothills News

The East Valley Engineering for Kids franchise offers STEM activities to children ages 4 to 14 in activities intended to be fun yet challenging when students are on school vacations, as well as through clubs and parties.

Ex-NFL star Steve Jordan helps kick off study for detecting CTE in living people / Arizona Republic

Former NFL players living in the Phoenix area were among the first to participate in a TGen study—by giving samples of blood, urine and saliva and completing a questionnaire—that could one day lead to detecting chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) in the living. Read more: Phoenix-based TGen working with retired NFL players to study CTE

Report: Phoenix tech growth story shaped by talent, pro-business climate and quality of life / Phoenix Business Journal

Affordable talent, a pro-business environment and quality of life are shaping the Phoenix tech scene into one that’s getting more notice every day, according to a new report.

Groundbreaking treatment helping those with cancer at Phoenix Children’s Hospital / All About Arizona News

Phoenix Children’s Hospital is one of only a handful of facilities in the United States and the only one in Arizona approved to use CAR-T cellular therapy on leukemia patients up through age 25 if chemotherapy fails after several attempts.