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From the movement of a finger to the creation of a memory, actions of the human body require the harmonious concert of protein interactions.

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Students, faculty and staff are expected to return to campus this August, but with COVID-19 cases still on the rise in Arizona and the highly social nature of college, the University of Arizona called upon a team of BIO5 Institute members to address inevitable future cases

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A UArizona team of researchers, including Department of Psychology distinguished professor and BIO5 member Dr. John Allen, has found that a program focused on yogic breathing – a meditative practice that involves slow and fast patterns of breath – improved participants' ability to cope with stress better than a workshop that focused on cognitive approaches to stress.
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A UArizona Cancer Center research team, co-led by BIO5 members Drs. Clara Curiel-Lewandrowski and Dongkyun Kang, is creating a portable, less expensive version of a skin cancer diagnostic microscope to improve cancer care. This device would allow doctors to quickly and safely diagnose many skin cancers and monitor responses to treatment without a biopsy.
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Several research teams in the United States, Canada, and the Netherlands, including one featuring UArizona immunologist and BIO5 member Dr. Deepta Bhattacharya, are working on developing nasal coronavirus vaccines. The hope is that the nasal vaccines will do all that their intramuscular competitors can and more by mounting a multi-pronged attack on the virus from the moment it tries to enter the body.
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Dr. Yin Chen, UArizona College of Pharmacy associate professor and BIO5 member, was awarded a $2.58 million federal grant from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) to seek a better understanding of fungal asthma caused by exposures to environmental fungi. Dr. Chen will collaborate with fellow BIO5 members Drs. Deepta Bhattacharya, Donata Vercelli, and Fernando Martinez on this study.
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A respiratory-assist device (RAD) co-created by Dr. Sairam Parthasarathy, UArizona COM-T Pulmonary/Allergy division chief and BIO5 member, has been given a new use in light of the coronavirus pandemic. The device was originally developed for asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease patients, but now Dr. Parthasarathy's team is working to get the invention to front-line workers battling COVID-19.
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As Americans learn to live with the coronavirus, many are struggling with decisions about which practices are safe or risky for them. Dr. Elizabeth Connick, UArizona COM-T Infectious Disease Division chief and BIO5 member, and five other public health/infectious diseases specialists spoke with the Washington Post about their own behavior and precautions toward managing their risk of contracting coronavirus.
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Researchers are continually faced with the daunting task of securing financial support to conduct their research. Highly competitive grants, limited opportunities, and poor availability of resources make it difficult for investigators to keep their labs afloat, much less thrive. Dr. Felicia Goodrum, professor of immunobiology and member of the BIO5 Institute, has been nominated as the recipient of a National Institutes of Health (NIH) award designed to give productive and creative scientists long-term support, without the burden of constantly devoting time and staff resources to applying for multiple new grants to fund their research.
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Researchers working with the UArizona Superfund Research Center, including BIO5 members Drs. A. Jay Gandolfi, Raina Maier, and Donna Zhang, will explore the link between chronic exposure to arsenic and the development of diabetes, thanks to a $10.6 million grant from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences.
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More than half a dozen epidemiologists, virologists, and psychologists, including UArizona Mel & Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health associate professor and BIO5 member Dr. Purnima Madhivanan, discuss methods that struggling governments can implement to prevent further damaging spread of coronavirus.
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Several UArizona College of Pharmacy faculty members, including BIO5 members Drs. Yin Chen, Xinxin Ding, Brian Erstad, Jianqin Lu, and Wei Wang, were awarded BIO5 Technology and Research Initiative Fund seed grants to “jump-start” projects to fight COVID-19. The fund enables researchers to positively impact Arizonans’ health and combat the global pandemic.
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Will products made with copper keep the coronavirus at bay? Dr. Michael Johnson, UArizona Immunobiology associate professor and BIO5 member, dispels myths about copper’s effectiveness as a sanitizing agent against coronavirus as pandemic fears have created interest in metallic products touting antimicrobial properties.
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Success in academia, particularly as a budding independent researcher, is greatly influenced by one’s ability to generate awards, manuscripts and grants.

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UArizona football team returns to campus to begin voluntary practices for the Fall 2020 season under the watchful eyes of medical professionals and strength and conditioning coaches. The football team’s return to campus also begins the pilot period of the university’s COVID-19 testing effort, co-led by UArizona COM-T professor and BIO5 associate director Dr. Michael Hammer.
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Scientists are only just starting to scratch the surface of how diverse species of bacteria interact with our unique body chemistries to influence our health. One of those scientists is Dr. Melissa Herbst-Kralovetz, a UArizona COM-Passociate professor and BIO5 member, who leads a team of researchers who are working to better understand how to predict, prevent and treat gynecologic cancers.
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The Arizona Board of Regents today confirmed the appointments of five UArizona faculty members, including BIO5 members Drs. Roberta Diaz Brinton and Judith Brown, as Regents Professors. The title of 'Regents Professor' is reserved for full professors whose exceptional achievements merit national and international distinction.
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Since 2007, the BIO5 Institute has provided a unique, seven-week summer research opportunity to almost 500 outstanding Arizona high school students to date. Despite COVID-19, this summer won’t be any different.