Arizona Bioscience News: UA names interim med-school leader; Banner Health, TGen to create concussion test; Barrow Neurological Institute uses supercomputer for ALS clues

December 15, 2016

By Matt Ellsworth

UA logoSupercomputer IBM Watson reveals new ALS clues at Barrow Neurological Institute / Arizona Republic

Researchers at Barrow Neurological Institute in Phoenix tapped the supercomputing powers of IBM Watson to find new potential genetic links to amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, with hopes it could give researchers new areas to study.

TW Lewis Foundation commits $2M matching gift to establish Melanoma Center of Excellence at Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center / Phoenix Business Journal

The T.W. Lewis Foundation is committing a $2 million matching gift that will go toward establishing a Melanoma Center of Excellence at Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center in Gilbert.

Banner Health joins TGen to create test to diagnose concussions / Phoenix Business Journal

Banner Health and the Translational Genomics Research Institute are teaming up to create a test to diagnose concussions that could also help identify those at risk for long-term complications, help develop new therapies to address injuries and help assess the damage from repeated mild trauma.

Roundtable: What’s new in medical building trends? / AZ Big Media

Bioscience and health-care professionals, experts, and industry leaders share their thoughts and insights on health care in Arizona in a virtual roundtable.

Interim leader named for UA’s two medical schools / Arizona Daily Star

Dr. Leigh Neumayer, the head of surgery at the University of Arizona, will step in as interim leader of the university’s health-sciences programs, including UA’s two medical schools and its colleges of pharmacy, nursing, and public health. Read also: UA names interim health sciences chief

Meet Arizona’s newest public company / Phoenix Business Journal

Flagstaff-based SenesTech Inc.—which is seeking to commercialize a proprietary technology for managing animal pest populations through fertility control—is Arizona’s newest public company after it started trading on the Nasdaq stock market earlier this month.