Sarver Heart Center Newsletter, Winter-Spring, 2017-2018

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Investigator Awards Advance Heart Disease Research

The generosity of private donors, through a variety of generous gifts, enabled the University of Arizona Sarver Heart Center to grant five Investigator Awards for the 2017-2018 academic year. “These awards help research scientists advance our knowledge and develop data used to compete nationally for larger grants to further pursue cutting-edge research,” said Nancy K. Sweitzer, MD, PhD, director of the UA Sarver Heart Center. “This year, funded studies will cover improving cardiac arrest survival, understanding how sleep problems impact risk of sudden cardiac death, preserving heart muscle for heart attack patients, expanding our knowledge of the molecular mechanisms of heart muscle function and how congenital heart conditions affect neurological development in pediatric patients.” Read more.

Note from the Director - Significant Progress on Center Priorities

With expansion of programs in research and clinical care, the UA Sarver Heart Center has made significant progress at the two-year mark on the Center's 10-year vision, developed at the end of 2015 to focus on the five priority areas: Advanced Heart Disease and Heart Transplant Program, Sudden Cardiac Arrest and Resuscitation, Precision Cardiovascular Therapy, Cardiovascular Health and Wellness, and Health Disparities. Read Dr. Nancy Sweitzer's update.


UA Sarver Heart Center Member Awards and Accolades

Sarver Heart Center Members from various disciplines and UA colleges have leadership roles in national and regional organizations, funding from major sources and publications in significant journals. Read more about the contributions of Nancy Sweitzer, MD, PhD, Joseph Alpert, MD, Khadijah Breathett, MD, MS, Heddwen L. Brooks, PhD, Qin Chen, PhD, Jennifer Cook, MD, Raj Janardhanan, MD, Jason Karnes, PharmD, PhD, Toshinobu Kazui, MD, PhD, Karl Kern, MD, Kwan Lee, MD, Marvin Slepian, MD, Steve Goldman, MD, and Jordan Lancaster, PhD.

UA Sarver Heart Center Welcomes New Members

In 2017, the UA Sarver Heart Center welcomed new members from varied backgrounds, including, for the first time in the center’s history, the president of the University of Arizona. Meet our new members including Sophia Airhart, MD, Khadijah Breathett, MD, MS, David Bull, MD, Kenneth Fox, MD, Lawrence Mandarino, PhD, Robert C. Robbins, MD, Satinder Singh, MD, Rick G. Schnellman, PhD, and David Thorpe, MD, PhD. Read more.

Some Supporters Never Stop Giving

The UA Sarver Heart Center extends heartfelt thanks to the numerous family and friends of Eddie Ermoian who contributed gifts to the Heart Center in his memory. Earlier this year, we sadly extended sympathies to Nancy Ermoian following the death of her husband, Eddie. Nancy and Eddie served together as Sarver Heart Center volunteers for more than 12 years. The Sarver Heart Center staff is grateful that Nancy is willing to continue volunteering. “People support the Sarver Heart Center mission in so many ways,” said Nancy K. Sweitzer, MD, PhD, director of the UA Sarver Heart Center. “The Ermoians have given their time unselfishly for many years in addition to their own resources. It is inspiring when a family feels the Sarver Heart Center is deserving of precious memorial gifts.” Read more.

Luncheon Focused on Women’s Heart Health

Heart disease is the leading cause of death among women and men in the United States, claiming 1 out of 3 lives. More than 175 people attended the University of Arizona Sarver Heart Center Women’s Heart Health Education Committee’s “Heart of Women’s Health” luncheon, focused on women and heart disease at Skyline Country Club in Tucson on Nov. 3, 2017. Read more about risks and lifestyle changes from Dr. Elizabeth Juneman and Dr. Khadijah Breathett.


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