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  • Dr. Daniel Derksen, director of the University of Arizona Center for Rural Health, is interviewed about the health disparities experienced by people living in rural areas.


  • Medscape - Aug. 17

    Dr. Onyemaechi Okolo recently illustrated how bias can play out in a short “one-woman show,” which she performed for a virtual audience tuning into ASCO Voices, the storytelling educational session at the American Society of Clinical Oncology’s annual meeting. Okolo has a dual fellowship in hematology-oncology – where she is chief fellow at the University of Arizona College of Medicine - Tucson.


  • Disease-fighting antibodies, as well as immune cells called B cells and T cells that are capable of recognizing the virus, appear to persist months after infections have resolved – an encouraging echo of the body's enduring response to other viruses. “Things are really working as they're supposed to,” said Deepta Bhattacharya, an immunologist at the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson.


  • The number of weekly COVID-19 deaths in Arizona recently hit a high-water mark. It’s one of the latest and most concrete signs that the pandemic is getting better statewide, although the virus still presents a significant risk. “For the first time I’m confident that we’ve had a peak in deaths,” said Joe Gerald, an associate professor with the University of Arizona’s Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health. “Things are getting markedly better. That's awesome.”


  • Dr. Murtaza Akhter, an assistant professor at the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix and an emergency room physician, answers questions from viewers about coronavirus.


  • The pandemic has also made it more difficult and scarier for some individuals to receive treatment for their substance use disorder from both treatment clinics or emergency departments, says Todd Vanderah, head of the Department of Pharmacology in the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson.

  • The Scientist - Aug. 9

    Rather than see productivity plummet with undergraduates out of the lab, Michael Johnson, a microbiologist at the University of Arizona College of Medicine - Tucson, and other researchers have pivoted to focus on renewing their existing grants, analyzing neglected data, and writing up results for publication. "There's still a lot of work that can be done remotely that is valuable and contributory to the field," Johnson said.

  • CNET - Aug. 8

    Amanda Wilson, an environmental health sciences doctoral candidate in the University of Arizona Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health, is lead author of a recent study published in the Journal of Hospital Infection that assessed the ability of a variety of nontraditional mask materials to protect a person from infection after 30 seconds and after 20 minutes of exposure in a highly contaminated environment.

  • CNN (Podcast) - Aug. 5

    CNN chief medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta interviews Dr. Richard Carmona, the 17th U.S. Surgeon General and head of the University of Arizona's Reentry Task Force, about the process of reopening a college campus amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Despite the Food and Drug Administration's emergency approval of drugs such as remdesivir, there are still no strong, highly effective treatments available, especially for the sickest patients. Through a partnership with Banner Health, the University of Arizona is already running three clinical trials, with another 11 in the pipeline.

  • University of Arizona scientist Chris Hulme has earned $3.8 million in federal funding to further research on medications to help prevent or reverse the progression of Alzheimer's disease

  • To better protect those serving on the front lines of battlefields or dealing with an event like the COVID-19 health crisis or potential future pandemics, scientists at the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix are leading an effort to develop a device that could easily, quickly and accurately detect pathogens and biological threats.

  • Students at the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson share their experiences as they study medicine amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • University of Arizona President Robert C. Robbins confirmed that the fall semester will begin as scheduled on Aug. 24 with a mix of in-person and remote instruction. More than half of all classes will include an in-person component.

  • Preliminary data shows hardly anyone has immunity against COVID-19, but the University of Arizona is hoping to expand both testing and research on the subject.

  • PBS NewsHour - Jul. 21

    University of Arizona President Robert C. Robbins discusses the university's response to the COVID-19 pandemic in PBS NewsHour's "Rethinking College" series.


  • WIRED - Jul. 21

    Saskia Popescu, an infectious disease epidemiologist at the University of Arizona, is one of three authors of the color-coded COVID-19 Risk Index. Popescu simultaneously released it on Twitter, where it has been liked more than 2,300 times. "We wanted people to understand, as life opens up, that there is a range of possible risks, and there are things you can do to stay safe, and things you might want to avoid," Popescu said.

  • As schools try to figure out how to get kids back in the classroom safely, there’s a term you’re going to hear more of as a possible solution called cohorting. It means keeping students together to try and narrow children's exposure to COVID-19. And as many Valley parents are faced with deciding whether or not to send their kids back to school, pediatrician Dr. Gary Kirkilas from the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix is asked about child safety almost daily.

  • Several research groups, including teams in the United States, Canada and the Netherlands, are working on nasal coronavirus vaccines. The hope is that mucosal vaccines will do all that their intramuscular competitors can and more, mounting a multipronged attack on the coronavirus from the moment it tries to breach the body's barriers, said Deepta Bhattacharya, an immunologist at the University of Arizona.

  • Vox - Jul. 10

    A heat wave swept through much of the United States this week, with some of the highest temperatures forecasted in Southwestern states battling some of the most troubling coronavirus outbreaks in the country. "In the context of this escalating pandemic, weather is pretty far down on the list of things that influence spread," said Katherine Ellingson, an assistant professor of epidemiology at the University of Arizona.