Arizona Bioscience News: UA College of Medicine-Phoenix granted full accreditation; ASU’s $75M AZ Biomedical Corridor center; Medical device hacking

June 15, 2017

By Matt Ellsworth

University of Arizona’s Phoenix medical school receives full accreditation / Arizona Daily Star

The University of Arizona College of Medicine-Phoenix has been granted full accreditation by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education. Read also: UA medical school in Phoenix granted full accreditation

BASIS graduate earns a Nobel trip for his Parkinson’s research / Explorer

Armed with an algorithm and a protein of his own design, an Oro Valley teen aims to find a cure for Parkinson’s disease, and his work has already garnered international attention.

Hacking a heart pacemaker isn’t science fiction. See what experts are doing to prevent it / Arizona Republic

More than 100 medical professionals, cybersecurity experts, law-enforcement officials, policymakers and hackers gathered at the University of Arizona College of Medicine-Phoenix to discuss how the medical and cybersecurity community could respond to medical device hacking. Read also: Doctor-hackers raise awareness of medical device vulnerabilities

Regents OK more than $300 million in UA building projects / Arizona Daily Star

As part of the University of Arizona’s plan to expand its presence in Phoenix, it will purchase five parcels north of the Phoenix Biomedical Campus for $8.8 million.

Phoenix councilwoman: ASU infrastructure bill is ‘nickels, pennies’ / Arizona Science Desk

Phoenix taxpayers could cover millions in new infrastructure costs to help Arizona State University develop its $75 million Health Solutions Innovation Center, part of an agreement between the city, ASU and Mayo Clinic to create the Arizona Biomedical Corridor along Loop 101 from 56th to 64th streets.

Business leaders: Why we’re pushing a 1.5 cent education sales tax / Arizona Republic (Op-ed)

Now is the time for Arizona’s business leadership to form a broad-based coalition and raise the $2 million necessary to place a 1.5 cent sales tax (replacing the current 0.6 cent) on the ballot that is 100 percent dedicated to supporting Gov. Doug Ducey’s education vision.

Ask a Doc: TGen uses ‘Moonshot’ to fight cancer that killed Beau Biden / Arizona Republic

Dr. Michael Berens, deputy director of Translational Genomics Research Institute, writes that recent studies show how glioblastomas quickly evolve, and point to a promising type of therapy.

UA pharmacist receives grant to track opioid use patterns / Arizona Science Desk

The University of Arizona has received a $100,000 grant to begin research tracking opioid abuse with hopes it could generate algorithms to help insurance companies, doctors, and hospitals differentiate between illegal use and legitimate pain management cases.