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More than 6 million people 65 and older have Alzheimer's disease, and almost two-thirds of them are women, according to the Alzheimer's Association. That discrepancy is explained in part by the fact that women tend to live longer than men.
 
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Covering just a few of the BIO5 Institute's current members' projects, this article shows the impacts that the BIO5 institute has on addressing pressing problems of the 21st century.
 
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The University of Arizona is a hub of biosciences activity in the region, not just in learning, but in producing solutions that make their way to market and impact society. The following are the primary organizations within UArizona that are fueling research and creating startups.
 
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Throughout the 20 years of BIO5, this institute has connected various campus departments to solve the challenges of a new period of technology growth, research that tells us more than ever, and support students at UArizona.
 
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A research study from UArizona College of Medicine-Phoenix and Barrow Neurological Institute at Phoenix Children's Hospital shows the effects of TBI during pregnancy for the child. Researchers were looking at mental health issues, such as anxiety and depression, which were more prevalent in male offspring.
 
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The University of Arizona’s Center for Innovation in Brain Science received a $15 million grant from the National Institutes on Aging to research what midlife events could increase a woman’s risk for Alzheimer’s disease later in life.
 
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UArizona Senior Nhat Nguyen shares his research with Dr. Lalitha Madhavan’s lab, which is focused on the role of molecule NRF2 and its role in the development of Parkinson's.
 
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The University of Arizona has been awarded a five-year $60M NIH grant to create a Precision Aging Network that aims to develop more effective brain-aging treatments and interventions targeted to the individual.
 
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Drs. Tally Largent-Milnes and Alicia Allen, researchers with the UArizona Health Sciences Comprehensive Pain and Addiction Center are working toward closing a 20- to 30-year gap in understanding the link between female hormones, pain and addiction, in an effort to improve the quality of women’s lives.
 
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Dr. Janko Nikolich-Žugich has been honored as the 2021 Arizona Bioscience Researcher of the Year by the Arizona Bioindustry Association.
 
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In the summer of 2021, the FDA approved the first new medication for Alzheimer’s Disease in 18 years. Mark talks with Roberta Diaz Brinton PhD, Director of the UA Center for Innovation in Brain Science and a Professor of Pharmacology & Neurology in the UA College of Medicine. Brinton's team discovered an important link between estrogen levels and a reduced risk for developing Alzheimer’s disease.
 
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A new UArizona Health Sciences Workforce Education and Training Program, PeerWORKS, has been designed to help people impacted by opioid and substance use disorders. The program will train state-certified health professionals, who are in recovery from a mental illness or substance use disorder, to provide support to those experiencing similar issues.
 
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More than 1.5 billion people live with chronic pain worldwide, and it’s the most common cause of long-term disability in the United States. Several BIO5 researchers are addressing chronic pain and working to tackle the opioid epidemic through basic science and clinical approaches.
 
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We're only beginning to understand all the different types of chemicals that can be found in the Cannabis sativa plant, and CBD is one of them. Dr. Todd Vanderah addresses what you need to know if you are thinking about trying CBD.
 
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UArizona researchers are expanding the scientific knowledge of cannabis with a focus on two distinct areas – pain and addiction. Members of the Comprehensive Pain and Addiction Center are optimistic about the potential of cannabis as a viable non-opioid alternative to treat pain.
 
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The College of Science is proud of the accomplishments of the 2021 Teaching and Advising Award winners including BIO5 faculty Drs. Martha Bhattacharya, Hamish Christie, and Roger Miesfeld. We celebrate their dedication to educating our students and perfecting their craft of teaching and advising.
 
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The Comprehensive Pain and Addiction Center will oversee PeerWORKS, which is a collaboration between UArizona COM-T, the Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health, and the Center for Rural Health and the Workforce Development Program. The center received a $2.2M grant to train peer support specialists to serve in integrated care facilities in rural and underserved areas of Arizona.
 
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Dr. Roberta Brinton, director of the Center for Innovation in Brain Science, received a $15.1 million grant from the National Institutes on Aging to investigate perimenopausal brain aging.