Arizona Bioscience News: UA could open vet school in 2020; Phoenix Children’s receives brain cancer research grant; Barrow seeks Alzheimer’s trial participants

April 18, 2019

By Matt Ellsworth

University of Arizona trying to open the state’s first public veterinary school in Oro Valley / Arizona Republic

Arizona students could have a public university option to study veterinary medicine as soon as next year, if the University of Arizona’s plan for a new program is approved by accreditors.

Arizona researchers attempt to detect CTE in living former NFL players / KTAR

Arizona researchers from Arizona State University, Banner Alzheimer’s Institute and the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine contributed to a recent study of former pro football players to attempt to diagnose a degenerative brain disease in living patients.

Phoenix Children’s Hospital to receive $1.5M grant to fund cancer research / KTAR

Phoenix Children’s Hospital will receive a $1.5 million grant to fund pediatric brain cancer research and help physician-scientists combat Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma, one of the most aggressive tumors in children.

Barrow seeks Alzheimer’s drug trial participants / Ahwatukee Foothills News

Barrow Neurological Institute is screening participants in a new, national Alzheimer’s disease clinical research study evaluating the potential benefits of an investigational medicine for people with mild-to-moderate Alzheimer’s disease.

TGen and HonorHealth contribute to Nature study / AZ Big Media

Physician-scientists at HonorHealth Research Institute and the Translational Genomics Research Institute played key roles in a study published in the scientific journal Nature, which revealed previously unknown impacts of a protein in pancreatic cancer.

UA Health Sciences reveals their strategic plan / Daily Wildcat

The University of Arizona Health Sciences provided its strategic plan to the Arizona Board of Regents, identifying five core themes with goals such as becoming the premier innovation center in the southwest, reducing the state’s primary care physician shortage and doubling the funding for precision health.

Your doctor is a text away: Banner Aetna insurer brings AI to Arizona enrollees / Phoenix Business Journal

Members of the Banner-Aetna insurance company will soon be able to use artificial intelligence to gather their health information before connecting with board-certified physicians on their mobile device.

Valley city to get its first hospital; facility to hire staff of 50 / Phoenix Business Journal

Abrazo Community Health Network plans to build a $15 million small-scale hospital in Surprise, offering a 24-hour emergency department and other services at the city’s first hospital.

Welcoming companies that chose Flagstaff / Flagstaff Business News (Op-ed)

Gail Jackson, business attraction manager for the city of Flagstaff, writes that bioscience startups and new health care facilities made up some of the companies that last year chose Flagstaff as their home.

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