UA Researchers to Study Airport Safety to Prepare For Next Infectious Disease OutbreakThe National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine has contracted the University of Arizona Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health to study Airport public health preparedness and response in the event of an infectious disease outbreak, such as the Zika virus.
‘Lucky’ Match Day for UA College of Medicine – Tucson Class of 2017: Primary Care Residencies Win Largest Share of StudentsThe students opened Match Day envelopes Friday that revealed where they will go for residency training: nearly half of the class – 47 of 99 students – will pursue primary care, the most critical physician shortage in Arizona.
UA Part of International Alliance to Address African Antivenom CrisisThe African Society of Venimology, the Institute of Biotechnology of the National Autonomous University in Mexico and the VIPER Institute at the University of Arizona partner to provide biotechnology and educational support to confront the snakebite crisis on the African continent.
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The University of Arizona’s pharmacy school has received more than $12 million toward an expansion and renovation project. The renovations at the Skaggs Pharmaceutical Sciences Center at the UA Health Sciences on the Tuscon campus will increase new drug discoveries, medicinal chemistry, pharmacology and toxicology and expand space for teaching and research.
An international alliance with experts from the United States, Mexico and Africa has come together to address the issue with a project to improve access to quality antivenoms and to save lives in regions with high snakebite incidence. "The world lacks sufficient antivenom for those who need it most; most doctors lack training to use it; and the per-dose cost to provide antivenom in low quantities is extremely high," said Leslie Boyer, MD, director of the UA Venom Immunochemistry, Pharmacology and Emergency Response (VIPER) Institute. Correcting the problem will require simultaneous effort by physicians, patients, ministries of health and drug companies, she said.
Arizona could lose $46.8 million in federal public health funding over the next five years via a cut included in the House Republican health bill, likely forcing local health departments to reduce or cut public health programs. Dr. Daniel Derksen, professor and director of the Arizona Center for Rural Health, said it is critical to fund public health efforts such as preventing the spread of the Zika virus. Lack of funding now could lead to higher health and fiscal costs down the road. "When somebody has a child with microcephaly, the consequences are lifelong," Derksen said. "It is very expensive care and has devastating consequences in terms of brain development and physical disabilities."