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Translational Medicine Workshop

8:00 am to 1:00 pm

The Translational Medicine Workshop explores the application of basic science research results to the development of new understandings of disease mechanisms, diagnoses and therapeutics. Translational Medicine is the movement of ideas from the basic science laboratory to the clinical arena, using multidisciplinary, highly collaborative, ‘bench-to-bedside' approaches that ultimately benefit patients and the community at large.

Hosted by the College of Medicine – Tucson, this workshop is sponsored by a grant from the Arizona Biomedical Research Commission (ABRC). ABRC-funded events strive to deliver high-quality educational resources to support Arizona researchers to become leaders in biomedical research fields, successfully compete for external support, and translate research findings to address critical medical needs and improve health outcomes.

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Cori Daines, MD (Host)
Chief, Division of Pediatric Pulmonary Medicine; Project Director, Pediatric Pulmonary Center
University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson

Dr. Daines' research interests have focused on clinical and translational research in cystic fibrosis (CF) as well as quality improvement research with cystic fibrosis. She currently directs the Tucson Therapeutics Development Center of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (CFF) to lead clinical research, directs Tucson’s participation in the CFF Success with Therapies Research Consortium, sits on the CFF North American Conference Planning Committee and serves as a Coach for the CFF TDN’s eQUIP-CR quality improvement in CF clinical research program. She also serves on the board of the Southern Arizona Chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Dr. Daines has broad-ranging interests in pediatric pulmonology, serving in Tucson as the CF Center director, director of the pediatric flexible bronchoscopy program, director of the home tracheostomy and ventilator program, director of the pulmonary neuromuscular program and director of pediatric respiratory care for Banner – University Medical Center Tucson.

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Julie Ledford, PhD
Associate Professor, Cellular and Molecular Medicine; Associate Professor, Clinical Translational Sciences
UArizona College of Medicine – Tucson

Dr. Ledford, who currently serves as an associate professor in the Department of Cellular and Molecular Medicine, is aslo an associate director specializing in translational research at the Asthma and Airways Disease Research Center and is the co-director of the Clinical Translational Sciences Graduate Program at UArizona. Dr. Ledford’s research investigates obstructive lung disease and dysfunction of innate immunity in asthma and respiratory infections. She has led pulmonary function tests with collaborators for the past decade and has a strong history of collaboration in the fields of respiratory diseases, lung function and asthma. She is co-founder and chief scientific officer of RaeSedo Inc, a startup company based out of UArizona. 

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Asmaa AbuMaziad, MD
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Division of Nephrology
UArizona College of Medicine – Tucson and Banner – University Medical Center Tucson

Dr. AbuMaziad currently serves as an assistant professor of pediatrics in the Division of Nephrology at UArizona College of Medicine – Tucson. She investigates the pathogenesis of glomerular kidney diseases using patient induced stem cell model and kidney organoid system. 

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Fayez Ghishan, MD
Department Head and Professor, Pediatrics
UArizona College of Medicine – Tucson

Dr. Ghishan is internationally recognized for his research in pediatric gastroenterology and nutrition. He has contributed significantly to major textbooks in pediatric gastroenterology including: Pediatric Gastrointestinal Disease, Pediatric Nutrition, Nelson’s Textbook of Pediatrics, Liver Diseases in Children and Textbook of Clinical Pediatrics. In 1996 and again in 2008, he received the prestigious MERIT Award from the National Institutes of Health for consistent and excellent contributions to scientific knowledge. In 2004, Dr. Ghishan was the recipient of the Shwachman Award presented for major, life-long scientific and educational contributions to the field of pediatric gastroenterology, hepatology or nutrition in North America. In 2014, he was presented with the "Horace W. Davenport Distinguished Lectureship Award" by the Gastrointestinal & Liver Section of the American Physiological Society.

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Pavani Chalasani, MD, MPH
Associate Professor, Medicine; Associate Professor, Cancer Biology - GIDP; Program Director, Hematology and Medical Oncology Fellowship
UArizona College of Medicine – Tucson

Dr. Chalasani specializes in breast cancer and sees patients with breast cancer for treatment decisions regarding hormonal therapy (anti-estrogen therapy), chemotherapy and second opinions. She is also the co-director for Hemophilia Treatment Center (Adult) at the University of Arizona and sees patients with bleeding and clotting disorders. In addition, she is very active in research and has several ongoing translational and clinical projects. She is active in the translational and clinical trials research at the UArizona Cancer Center. She is the principal investigator on several industry sponsored, and co-operative group protocols, and principal investigator for several investigator initiated trials. She has received research funding from NIH/NCI, American Cancer Society, Better Than Ever and the UArizona Cancer Center-pilot funding mechanism. 

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Quan Nguyen
Nguyen Tarbet, LLC

Nguyen is partner at Nguyen Tarbet, LLC, a boutique intellectual property law firm. Nguyen has great passion for the process of commercializing new inventions. He works closely with inventors and companies to help identify strategic partners, screen for potential business deals and analyze market opportunities in conjunction with winning patent strategies to launch successful products. Nguyen is also an active member of the Tech Coast Angels (TCA), Life Science Angels (LSA) and the Desert Angels, where he leads a number of investment deals. As a seasoned patent attorney, Nguyen concentrates his practice in patent procurement, opinion work (patentability/validity/freedom to operate analysis), and intellectual property management of inventions in biotechnology, chemistry, optics, microfluidics, bioinformatics and medical devices. 

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Mitch Graffeo, JD
Senior Licensing Manager
UArizona College of Medicine – Tucson and Tech Launch Arizona

Graffeo worked on the bench in both research and clinical labs, and then worked in the pharmaceutical industry both as in-house and outside counsel, handling licensing matters as well as patent drafting and prosecution. Early on, he worked as a patent attorney and patent examiner at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in the pharmaceutical arts. As a patent attorney and consultant, he focused on developing IP strategies, portfolio building, licensing, patent preparation and prosecution, patent searching, and trademark filings. He began his licensing career at Merck & Co., Inc., coordinating transactions such as license agreements. Graffeo is a registered patent attorney and a member of the New York State Bar and the American Intellectual Property Law Association. Most recently, he served as a private consultant working with boutique firms and startup businesses to build their IP portfolios.

To request any disability-related accommodations for this event please contact the event coordinator at least three business days prior to the event.
8:00 am to 1:00 pm
Saturday, June 11, 2022 - 8:00am


Faculty, Staff, Students
University of Arizona Health Sciences
College of Medicine – Phoenix
College of Medicine – Tucson


Tucson area
Health Sciences – Tucson
Health Sciences Innovation Building (HSIB)
1670 E. Drachman St, Tucson, AZ, 85724


Loren Drake
College of Medicine – Tucson