Research Day to Showcase UArizona College of Medicine – Tucson Investigators’ Work to Overcome Health Challenges

April 29, 2021

Data blitzes, spotlight talks and special session on diversity, equity and inclusion highlight the second annual event that is free and open to the public.

  • What: Research Day at University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson
  • When: Tuesday, May 4; 7 a.m. – 5:15 p.m. (PDT)
  • Where: Online via Hopin. Advance registration required: (Click on “Sign Up” to create a Hopin account and complete registration.)

University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson faculty, investigators and students will come together May 4 for Research Day 2021, an all-day event to highlight health solutions being studied at the college.

The agenda includes a series of spotlight sessions, data blitzes and a special session focused on “Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in Research.” Data blitzes are short talks of about five minutes each, offering a bite-sized look at research. Spotlights offer slightly longer talks of about 15 minutes.

Research Day is free and open to the public. The event will be hosted via the online event platform Hopin, which promises an engaging virtual experience that connects people locally or around the globe. Hopin allows instant networking – pairing attendees with another person for speed networking of three minutes or less. Each data blitz session will close with these brief networking opportunities.

Research Day Schedule:

  • 7-8 a.m. – Early Bird Data Blitz Sessions
  • 8-8:05 a.m. – Speed Networking
  • 8:05-8:10 a.m. – Opening Remarks by College of Medicine – Tucson Dean Michael M. I. Abecassis, MD, and Michael Dake, MD, UArizona Health Sciences senior vice president
  • 8:10-10 a.m. – Spotlight Sessions
  • 10-11:15 a.m. – Data Blitz Sessions
  • 11:15 a.m.-Noon – Spotlight Sessions
  • Noon-1:15 p.m. – Data Blitz Sessions
  • 1:15-1:20 p.m. – Speed Networking
  • 1:20-2:30 p.m. – Special Session on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in Research 
  • 2:30-2:55 p.m. – Speed Networking
  • 2:55-3 p.m. – Student/Trainee Session Kickoff
  • 3-5:05 p.m. – Student/Trainee Research Data Blitzes
  • 5:05-5:15 p.m. – Speed Networking

The early bird sessions feature a presentation on how COVID-19’s impact on elderly veterans underscored the importance of establishing the VA Biorepository Brain Bank at the Southern Arizona VA Health Care System to support a proactive response to both current and future pandemics, and how tyrosine kinase inhibitors in chemotherapy can be used to help preserve kidney function before robotic surgery to remove a cancerous kidney or part of a kidney.

The spotlight sessions will cover a variety of research areas including induced pluripotent stem cells and heart health modeling; blood biomarkers for early detection of non-small cell lung cancer; regulation of mucosal inflammation by innate immune sensors; and an update on the UArizona/Banner Health All of Us Research Program.

Topics in the special session include disparities in care faced by migrants in U.S. Customs and Border Patrol custody, cancer health disparities among American Indians, and the National Summer Undergraduate Research Project as a platform for engaging underrepresented minorities in STEM.

Advance registration is required and can be completed online: (Click on “Sign Up” to create a Hopin account and complete registration.). Once registered, you can view a full list of participants and topics for their presentations.


David Mogollon