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Division of Infectious Diseases Grand Rounds

Determine Coccidioidomycosis Risk Among Subjects With and Without Evidence of Prior Exposure

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Fariba Donovan, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor, Medicine and Valley Fever Center for Excellence
University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson

Dr. Donovan's research focuses on early pathogen-host interaction in coccidioidomycosis, and her clinical research focuses on the earlier and improved diagnosis of Valley fever. She is studying early coccidioidomycosis events to better understand altered or dysfunctional metabolic pathways as evidence of genetic alterations and a risk factor for severe coccidioidomycosis or disseminated coccidioidomycosis (DCM). In a recently published study, her team found a 2.4 fold increased risk of DCM in autoimmune patients (such as those with rheumatoid arthritis) on biological response modifiers. This work has led to a recent proposal to uncover clinical markers and to identify those at risk for severe coccidioidomycosis. Dr. Donovan's clinical research goals include the development of more rapid, reliable and cost-effective Valley fever point-of-care testing which will speed up and improve diagnostic accuracy and antimicrobial stewardship.

Additional Information

This University of Arizona event is sponsored by the Division of Infectious Diseases at the UArizona College of Medicine – Tucson's Department of Medicine.

It is open to the public, particularly community physicians and other interested health-care professionals.

Passcode: 888639

8:00 am to 9:00 am
Tuesday, January 24, 2023 - 8:00am


Tucson area
Arizona Health Sciences Center
Room 8403
1501 N. Campbell Avenue, Tucson, AZ 85724


Carolyn Bothwell
College of Medicine – Tucson
Department of Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases
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