Arizona Bioscience News: CDC grant to UArizona; Valley fever vaccine; TSMC facility impact

December 9, 2022

By Jessica Vaile

UA receives $7.3M from CDC to join long COVID project / KJZZ

A $7.3 million grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to the University of Arizona will help monitor long COVID progression in 1,000 or more people over a two-year period.

Banner receives $3M grant to advance Valley melanoma center’s work / Phoenix Business Journal

Banner Health Foundation has received a $3 million grant to expand the work of the T.W. Lewis Melanoma Center of Excellence at its Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center main campus in Gilbert, which has treated more than 1,900 patients since it opened in 2017.

Arizona hospitals remain busy as COVID-19 and flu cases rise / KJZZ

The state health department is reporting flu caseloads more than 10 times higher than what’s typical for this time of year as well as nearly 16,000 new COVID-19 cases over the past week. Read more: COVID-19 update: Arizona case numbers rise in days after Thanksgiving holiday

Valley fever vaccine in the works thanks to researchers at NAU, University of Washington /

A new joint research effort between Northern Arizona University and the University of Washington is aiming to create a vaccine for valley fever with help from a $1.5 million grant from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.

NAU joins national alliance to increase students with disabilities in STEM careers / Arizona Daily Sun

Northern Arizona University recently joined a nationwide initiative meant to raise the number of people involved in STEM education and careers who have disabilities.

Here’s how giant semiconductor plant rising in north Phoenix will shape Arizona’s economy / Arizona Republic

In addition to the massive Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. fabrication facility itself, the plant is expected to have an outsized ripple effect on the Phoenix area and statewide, through industry growth and job creation, further development of north Phoenix for both housing and commercial projects, and cultural exchange between Arizona and Taiwan.

Valley fever killed my mom and brother. Without new drugs, it’ll likely take me / Arizona Republic (Op-ed)

Pat White, director of Education for Arizona Victims of Valley Fever, Inc., writes about some of the valley fever research in Arizona and federal legislation that could make an impact.

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