Biozona Weekly: Bootman to lead UA health colleges; teen bio research; more on scorpion antivenom

August 12, 2011

By hammersmith

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UA’s health VP retiring; replacement named
08/10/2011 | Arizona Daily Star | Stephanie Innes

The University of Arizona’s vice president for health affairs is retiring, the university announced today. Dr. William M. Crist was hired for the position in October 2008 to oversee the UA’s medical, nursing, pharmacy and public health colleges. The post will be filled by J. Lyle Bootman, longtime dean of the UA’s College of Pharmacy and an expert in health outcomes and medication errors.

Teen Apprentices Learn Medicine at Barrow Neurological Institute
08/09/2011 |

Kids who dream of becoming a doctor or finding a cure for cancer, diabetes and Alzheimer’s are getting a real life behind-the-scenes chance — all through a program offered at Barrow Neurological Institute. “I always wanted to be a doctor ever since I was a kid,” says 17-year-old Shane D’Sa. Now, he’s getting a taste of what it would be life, working in the one of the most prestigious labs in the country at Barrow Neurological Institute at St. Joseph’s Hospital.

Mexico To The Rescue In America’s ‘Venom Belt’
08/06/2011 | National Public Radio | Monica Ortiz Uribe

Toxicologists refer to the American Southwest as the “Venom Belt” for its many venomous spiders, snakes and scorpions. In fact, doctors estimate there are about 250 severe scorpion stings a year in this country. Most of those stung are children in Arizona, but the U.S. ran out of its own supply of scorpion antivenom nearly a decade ago. Just last week, the Food and Drug Administration approved a new drug made in Mexico for use in the U.S. to treat severe scorpion stings. It’s called Anascorp and was developed by a company called Instituto Bioclon.

Undergraduate student, HCLC alum performs biology research
08/06/2011 | Ahwatukee Foothills News

Ahwatukee Horizon Honors High School graduate and University of Arizona undergraduate Tarik Ozumerzifon participated in a program this summer called the Undergraduate Biology Research Program (UBRP). UBRP is designed to train young researchers through involving them in hands-on research. For the past two months, Tarik has worked in the research laboratory of Dr. Eugene Mash, UA professor of chemistry.

CGUHS graduate assists in colon cancer research
08/05/2011 | TriValley Central

TUCSON — Pawel Kojs, a nutritional sciences major at the University of Arizona, spent the summer working on a research project that might someday help treat colon cancer. Kojs is a 2009 graduate of Casa Grande Union High School. Kojs has been working with Dr. Pawel Kiela’s research group at the Steele Children’s Research Center in the UA College of Medicine.