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Despite slowdowns in research suffered by universities around the world due to the pandemic, the University of Arizona has experienced solid growth in the commercialization of university inventions. In the last fiscal year alone UArizona received 274 invention disclosures and launched 17 startups.
 
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Biomedical engineering student Sebastian (Sebo) Diaz is among 55 students from 42 colleges and universities who have been selected as 2021 Udall Scholars, on the basis of commitment to careers in the environment, Tribal public policy, or Native health care; leadership potential; record of public service; and academic achievement.
 
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In cases of breast cancer, bone metastasis – when cancer cells spread to new sites in the bone – causes the most breast cancer-related harm and is often incurable in advanced disease.
 
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UArizona College of Medicine – Tucson admitted its first class to the new 7-year medical degree early-admission Accelerated Pathway to Medical Education (APME) Program. Acceptance guarantees entry to the UArizona Honors College, and after three years, admission to UArizona COM-T.
 
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5G towers are popping up just about everywhere, and many homeowners tell the News 4 Tucson Investigators that they are furious. Dr. Witte said he has reviewed thousands of studies on microwave radiation-like forms released from 5G towers and says there’s plenty of evidence the towers could be unsafe and cause various health conditions, even cancer.
 
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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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May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month, and our BIO5 researchers are working to better prevent and diagnose this highly prevalent cancer.
 
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Liliana Rounds, a veterinarian turned biotech industry professional turned cancer researcher, is in the home stretch of achieving her lifelong dream of earning a PhD at the University of Arizona Health Sciences, studying a potential biomarker for prostate cancer. In her journey, Rounds returned to UArizona to continue her studies, landing her to the laboratories of BIO5 members Drs. Sadhana Ravishankar and V.K. Viswanathan.
 
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Dr. Cynthia A. Thompson, BIO5 member and Director of the Canyon Ranch Center for Prevention and Health Promotion, led a study that determined that vegetables like kale, broccoli, and cauliflower contain phytochemicals that inhibit the proliferation of breast cancer cells in women.
 
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Previous research suggests that female firefighters may be at increased risk of miscarriage and preterm birth compared with the general population, according to Leslie Farland, a University of Arizona assistant professor who will focus on reproductive health as part of the study.

 
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Dakota Reinartz, a UArizona COM-T doctoral student along with faculty mentors, BIO5 member Dr. Justin Wilson, and Dr. Julie Bauman, deputy director of the UArizona Cancer Center, are researching the role inflammation may play in the development of head and neck squamous cell carcinomas. Reinartz’s work with Drs. Wilson and Bauman is made possible through a National Cancer Institute training grant, known as a T32. The grant supports institutions in developing or enhancing research training opportunities for pre- and postdoctoral fellows in cancer research. The Cancer Center used the funding to establish the Integrated Cancer Scholars program.
 
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Training tomorrow’s cancer researchers is a responsibility taken personally by all University of Arizona Cancer Center scientists and staff at the College of Medicine – Tucson. With the help fo T32 grants through the National Cancer Institute, the center continues to train the next generation of cancer scientists with help from UArizona researchers like BIO5 members Drs. Clara Curiel, Gregory Rogers, Cindy Miranti, Juanita Merchant, Curtis Thorne, and Justin Wilson.
 
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A $1.5 million Health Sciences grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency will support research to examine how being a firefighter affects women’s stress levels, as well as their risk of cancer and reproductive health issues. The study to understand the occupational risks of these firefighters will include work from UArizona Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health faculty and BIO5 members, Drs. Jeff Burgess and Leslie Farland.
 
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The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has given rise to a significant and alarming trend of increased alcohol use and abuse – especially among younger adults, males and those who have lost their jobs – according to a new study by University of Arizona researchers. The research led by professor of psychiatry in the UArizona College of Medicine – Tucson, director of the Social, Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience Lab, and BIO5 member Dr. Scott Killgore, found that hazardous alcohol use and likely dependence increased every month for those under lockdowns compared to those not under restrictions.
 
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The dream for some researchers is to irreversibly cure people's cancer. This includes Drs. Richard Austin, Laurence Hurley, and Vijay in Gokhale. In 2016 the trio came together with the aim to cure cancer through the company they created and call Reglagene. They built a technology to fight cancer that targets genes that become resistant to other therapies.
 
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Dr. Juanita Merchant, BIO5 member, professor, and chief of Gastroenterology at the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson, is a gastric cancer expert whose research focuses on the molecular mechanisms of the disease. Dr. Merchant led a team of University of Arizona Health Sciences researchers who discovered a promising new biomarker that can be identified through a simple blood test, that may help with early detection of the disease and lead to better treatment.
 
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Dr. Judith Su runs the UArizona Little Sensor Lab, where researchers are working to sense tiny amounts – down to a single molecule – of everything from doping agents to biomarkers for cancer, Alzheimer's disease, Lyme disease and, yes, even COVID-19. Dr. Su, biomedical engineering and optical sciences professor and a member of the BIO5 Institute, has received a $1.82 million, five-year Maximizing Investigators' Research Award from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences, which is part of the National Institutes of Health.
 
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On campus at the University of Arizona, researchers are trying to crack the cancer code. With the help of a grant from the American Cancer Society Dr. Jacob Schwartz, BIO5 member and assistant professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, is taking a closer look at the the behavior of the childhood cancer, Ewing Sarcoma. Dr. Schwartz also says it is helping them understand other cancers along the way.