Arizona Bioscience News: UA COM-Phoenix to host Connect2STEM; Dignity Health expanding Chandler hospital; TGen finds link to child paralysis

January 24, 2019

By Matt Ellsworth

Largest STEM event in Phoenix returns Jan. 26 / AZ Big Media

Connect2STEM, which returns Jan. 26 to the University of Arizona College of Medicine–Phoenix downtown campus, is a free hands-on event designed to inspire kids to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, math, and medicine.

Education tax-hike proposal gets warm reception in committee / Arizona Capitol Times

A proposal that would hike Arizona’s sales tax and bankroll education spending is moving forward with the support of Republican legislators, though some have declared opposition to the bill’s elimination of allocations for the Technology and Research Initiative Fund in Prop. 301. Read more:  Republican-sponsored education sales-tax hike moves forward in Legislature

Team of Arizona researchers find specific tie to paralyzing virus / KTAR

Translational Genomics Research Institute researchers have singled out a nonpolio virus as a common factor in the paralysis of a handful of children who were admitted to Phoenix-area hospitals suffering from the rare acute flaccid myelitis.

Valley drug trial shows promise in treating deadliest form of brain cancer / ABC15

The Ivy Brain Tumor Center at the Barrow Neurological Institute in Phoenix is testing a new drug for those suffering from glioblastoma, a deadly form of brain cancer, with initial success in penetrating the brain tumor.

Chandler Regional hospital is about to expand. Here’s what will change / Arizona Republic

Dignity Health’s Chandler Regional Medical Center is undergoing a $192 million expansion that will add a fourth patient tower and 96 beds on the medical campus, renovations to the existing hospital, and 200 jobs.

UA fighting tropical diseases with form of mosquito ‘birth control’ / Arizona Daily Star

Two University of Arizona researchers have come up with a new way to fight mosquito-transmitted disease by manipulating mosquito DNA in a way that affects the ability of the mosquito to produce viable eggs.

UA Strategic Plan aims for Oro Valley collaboration / Tucson Local Media

The University of Arizona and the town of Oro Valley are collaborating on two major projects: BioSA Innovation, a biotech business incubator in Innovation Park, and a planned UA college of veterinary medicine.

Casual contact may play a larger role in the spread of disease than once thought / Flagstaff Business News

Northern Arizona University researchers are part of a team studying how disease spreads in bats, particularly the deadly white-nose syndrome, revealing that pathogens can move from individual to individual much easier and more frequently than we thought.

Upcoming Events

Jan. 26—Connect2STEM 2019, UA College of Medicine-Phoenix
Feb. 9—BIO5 Inspiring Women in STEM, BIO5 Institute, Tucson
Feb. 12—Student Industry Networking Events, BIO5 Institute, Tucson
Feb. 14—Do you Love to Save Money?,
CEI, Phoenix
Feb. 27—BIO5 Open House,
BIO5 Institute, Tucson
Feb. 27-28—Venture Madness, Galvanize, Events on Jackson, Phoenix

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