Arizona Bioscience News: Venture Madness seeks startup applicants; Dignity Health, Phoenix Children’s break ground in Gilbert; Banner-UMC in Tucson building new tower

November 29, 2018

By Matt Ellsworth

Alzheimer’s research funding reaches $1.9 billion, but experts say it’s still not enough / Cronkite News

Funding from the National Institutes of Health to study Alzheimer’s disease has tripled from 2015 to 2018 but still lags behind research money for cancer and HIV/AIDS. Read more: Will we ever cure Alzheimer’s?

Banner Tucson CEO: New hospital tower ‘once-in-a-lifetime’ opportunity / Arizona Daily Star

The new nine-story hospital tower under construction at Banner-University Medical Center in Tucson, which is scheduled to be completed in April, is part of a $400 million project that includes more than $50 million earmarked for new patient-care equipment and computers.

Got a hot tech startup? Applicants needed for Venture Madness competition / Phoenix Business Journal

Invest Southwest is seeking applicants—including biotech, health care, and life sciences startups— for its sixth annual Venture Madness Conference with a total of $60,000 in funding at stake for early-stage companies.

Dignity Health, Phoenix Children’s break ground on East Valley center / KTAR

Construction has begun on the Dignity Health and Phoenix Children’s Hospital Women’s and Children Pavilion, a state-of-the-art, 373,947-square-foot medical center in Gilbert, that will include labor and delivery rooms, an emergency department dedicated to obstetrics, and pediatric care.

How a Phoenix neurologist persuaded Muhammad Ali to become face of Parkinson’s disease / Arizona Republic

Dr. Abraham Lieberman, whose connection with the boxing legend led to the 1997 founding of the Muhammad Ali Parkinson and Movement Disorders Center at Barrow Neurological Institute, is retiring from his work treating Parkinson’s patients.

TGen liquid biopsy study looks to improve monitoring for childhood cancer / AZ Big Media

To better understand DIPG, or a rare childhood brain cancer, researchers at the Translational Genomics Research Institute will study DIPG at the molecular level with hopes to find a non-invasive method for monitoring treatment response and metastasis.

University of Arizona professor using physics background to research cancer / Arizona Daily Star

The director of the University of Arizona Cancer Center Bioinformatics Shared Resources program has developed a computer algorithm called ALPACA that allows her research team to understand how multiple genes work in tandem to cause disease.

High schoolers co-author scientific research thanks to internship / Arizona Public Media

The Keys Research Internship offered at the University of Arizona’s BIO5 Institute laboratory gives high school students the opportunity to be published scientific authors.