Arizona Bioscience News: UArizona’s $60M grant; Venture Madness 2021; COVID-19 in Arizona

September 30, 2021

By brianpowell

UArizona researchers receive grant to study aging brain / KVOA

The University of Arizona has received a five-year, $60 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to create the Precision Aging Network to develop a more effective brain aging treatment targeted to each person.

Here’s what to expect at Venture Madness 2021, Arizona’s largest pitch contest / Phoenix Business Journal (AZ Inno)

Venture Madness, Arizona’s largest and longest running pitch contest set for Oct. 7, will give startups from across the region a chance to connect, share ideas and insights, and meet potential investors.

UA breaks ground on $99M research building, optical sciences expansion / Arizona Daily Star

The University of Arizona is on track to open a $99 million research facility by February 2024—a 15,000-square-foot, seven-story facility that will include study and research spaces, meeting rooms and laboratories, as well as three floors of laboratories and offices.

Mesa lab looking for participants to take part in trials for COVID-19 therapeutic pills / KTAR

Arizona Clinical Trials in Mesa is looking for people willing to participate in a study to develop COVID-19 therapeutic pills to complement the vaccines and monoclonal antibody treatments.

Experts say Arizona, other states should report more breakthrough infection data / KJZZ

Arizona, like most states, launched a data dashboard early in the pandemic that provides daily updates on new cases, deaths, hospital capacity and other metrics, and experts say a few key changes could provide a valuable public service.

COVID-19 hospitalizations are slowing, but Arizona ICU beds are still 92% full / KJZZ

COVID-19 hospitalizations in Arizona are slowing after a summer surge, but the virus continues to strain health care resources in the state as the test positivity rate, daily cases, and deaths per capita remain higher than the national averages. Read more: Banner Health concerned about resources ahead of flu season in Arizona

‘It’s not a cold’: COVID-19 is causing sickness and mental health issues in Arizona kids / Arizona Republic

Across Arizona, distraught parents with white-knuckle anxiety from constant school notices about exposures say the state could do much more to protect children from COVID-19 and its effects, especially now that the highly contagious delta variant is dominant. Read more: Phoenix Union schools to require vaccine or testing for sports, other activities

University of Arizona encouraged by recent downtrend In its COVID-19 cases / KJZZ

University of Arizona President Robert Robbins is encouraged by a downtrend in COVID-19 cases among the campus community over the past two weeks.

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