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The BIO5 Media Facility has supplied UArizona researchers with top-of-the-line reagents, dishwashing and project support for nearly 15 years.
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The BIO5 Institute’s Keep Engaging Youth in Science (KEYS) research internship is a competitive seven-week program that immerses talented Arizona high school students in collaborative and innovative research at the University

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Twenty-five years ago, valley fever was an obscure fungal disease from the southwestern U.S. few people understood. But Dr. John Galgiani, knew the severe health consequences of this largely respiratory infection and took that knowledge to the Arizona Board of Regents, which authorized the creation of the University of Arizona Valley Fever Center for Excellence. Ingrained in the center's mission is outreach and education, and Dr. Galgiani, who also serves as medical director for the Banner – University Medicine Valley Fever Program in Tucson and Phoenix, education includes developing clinical guidelines for clinicians on how to recognize the disease, test for it and treat it.
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Experts say cases of Valley fever, a fungal infection common in the desert Southwest, are on the rise. "For every case, it's reported there are probably three or four people who got sick and had an illness from this but the doctors never recognize it," said Dr. John Galgiani, director of the University of Arizona's Valley Fever Center for Excellence.
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A new Bachelor of Science in Medicine expands opportunities for students to pursue jobs in health care, where demand for trained professionals is rising.

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There is a new treatment for Alzheimer's, after 20 years, now approved by the FDA, a drug called Aducanumab. This drug targets beta-amyloid plaques in the brain and removes some of those plaques.
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The mentoring relationship between two University of Arizona faculty members is advancing research for patients with brain damage at any stage in life. One of those research leaders, Dr. Roberta Brinton, founding director of the UArizona Center for Innovation in Brain Science and BIO5 member, has discovered that regenerative therapeutics may help pediatric and aging populations. This research out of UArizona Health Sciences may help both premature babies and patients with Alzheimer’s disease.
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Dr. Michael Johnson discusses his passion for mentoring and outreach, and how being on the receiving end of this support has helped his professional growth.
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While a slight decline in memory is typical with aging, severe loss of cognitive functioning is a hallmark of Alzheimer’s Disease (AD). 

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Dr. John Galgiani, a professor of medicine in infectious diseases at the College of Medicine – Tucson and director of the Valley Fever Center for Excellence, is hopeful that a Valley fever vaccine for dogs may lay the groundwork for another human candidate.
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Dr. Rachna Shroff, Chief of GI Oncology for the UA Cancer Center and BIO5 member has helped to develop biomarker testing for more personalized treatment of cancers. By determining an individual's tumor genomic makeup, doctors can understand how to better treat it through biomarker testing.
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Wondering how much protection you have against COVID-19? There are antibody, or serology, tests that will tell you if your body mounted an immune response.
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Congratulations to UArizona FORGE, one of ten recipients of the 2021 Common Ground Award from the Metropolitan Pima Alliance for the renovation of FORGE at Roy Place in downtown Tucson. The award recognizes projects all over Pima County that create a prosperous community by promoting collaborative real estate development policies, building partnerships, and finding common ground.
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Tech Launch Arizona is funding the development of five winning software projects aiming to make real societal impact, including a phone app that can “scan your plants, analyze their health, and explain exactly what they need to stay healthy,” a platform for creating healthcare apps native to Android and iOS using a visual point-and-click and drag-and-drop interface, and developing a system to analyze OCT imaging data and identify people who are at a high risk for progression to developing sight-threatening AMD.
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Sleep is a big deal, and we’re not getting enough. An estimated 50 to 70 million Americans are affected by poor sleep and it’s having an impact on both our mental and physical health.

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That buzzing you hear is likely from a female mosquito. They need to find a blood meal after mating in order to have enough energy to produce eggs. From a distance, female mosquitoes cue in on carbon dioxide that we exhale in conical plumes from our bodies, says Dr.
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To discuss the ways to tackle the spread of the second wave of COVID-19 in rural areas of India, the Centre for Habitat, Urban and Regional Studies (CHURS) and Impact and Policy Research Institute (IMPRI), New Delhi organized a panel discussion on “Rural Realities | Karnataka Practitioners’ Experiences in Tackling the Second Wave.” The esteemed panelists included Dr. Purnima Madhivanan, BIO5 member and UArizona associate professor with the Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health. Along with her colleagues, Dr. Madhivanan discussed issues including the challenges of vaccine shortage, access to technology, and the role of government in providing sustained public health policy.
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A new study led by UArizona electrical and computer engineering professor and BIO5 member Dr. Raymond Kostuk, found that holograms could hold the secret to solving a common problem with solar cell designs.