Arizona Bioscience News: Stem cell research ongoing; UArizona to study child asthma; COVID-19 Delta variant in Arizona

June 17, 2021

By Matt Ellsworth

Stem cell studies take time, but Arizona researchers say the wait is safer for patients / Arizona Republic

Arizona scientists are researching stem cells, part of an emerging field of regenerative medicine that focuses on repairing the body by regrowing lost or damaged tissue, with an eye toward clinical use and Food and Drug Administration approval for treatments. Read more: Hundreds of stem cell clinics offer unapproved, unregulated treatments in Arizona; Thousands of dollars later, some Arizona stem cell patients never got better

UA researchers will study border children to see what role germs play in asthma rates / Arizona Daily Star

The University of Arizona Health Sciences Asthma and Airway Disease Research Center has received a $15.3 million grant to study Hispanic children’s susceptibility to asthma in Tucson, compared to Nogales, Sonora, where it is much less prevalent.

More transmissible Delta variant of coronavirus is in Arizona / ABC 15

Translational Genomics Research Institute has found the more transmissible COVID-19 variant B.1.617.2, also known as the Delta variant, present in virus samples from Arizona. Read more: Should you be worried now that Delta variant is in Arizona?

New partnership to give more access to quality health care / Arizona PBS

St. Vincent de Paul and Creighton University’s School of Medicine-Phoenix Campus will use $10 million from the Virginia Piper Charitable Trust to improve health-care access to Arizonans most in need while also growing skilled medical professionals.

Sewage sleuths helped an Arizona town beat back Covid-19 / STAT

Two years after Arizona State University’s Rolf Halden began work with the city of Tempe to track opioid use with wastewater-based epidemiology, he applied the technology to SARS-CoV-2—becoming a vital provider of actionable infection data for the town of Guadalupe.

Dallas company’s third Valley ‘micro’ hospital expected to open soon / Phoenix Business Journal

Tenet Healthcare Corp. of Dallas—which operates the Abrazo Health system in Arizona—has completed construction on Abrazo Cave Creek Hospital, its third “micro” hospital in metro Phoenix, set to open in mid-2021.

Cruz Rivera begins presidency at Northern Arizona University / Arizona Daily Sun

José Luis Cruz Rivera replaced Rita Cheng as president of Northern Arizona University this week and announced several new appointments for interim positions across the university.

We all win with extension of investment program / Arizona Capitol Times (Op-ed)

Steven Zylstra, president and CEO of Arizona Technology Council, writes that the angel investor tax credit program has helped to incentivize investment in early-stage companies and tech startups in Arizona, but the good news is close to coming to a grinding halt.

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