Medicine Grand Rounds

Wednesday, January 30, 2019 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Event Location: 

University of Arizona College of Medicine-Tucson, Room 5403
1501 N. Campbell Ave.
Tucson, AZ 85724


Banner-University Medical Center South, Conference Room 3030
2800 E. Ajo Way
Tucson, AZ 85713

TOPIC: "The Many Faces of COPD"
SPEAKER: Dr. Francesca Polverino
LOCATION: UAHS 5403 (LIVE) and Banner-UMC-SC 3030 (Video Conferenced)

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(or archived here for later viewing)

About the Speaker
Francesca Polverino, MD, PhD, is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson and is an active member of the Asthma and Airway Disease Research Center. Her clinical and research interest are Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). In 2010, after completing her MD and PhD degrees, she moved to Harvard University where she studied the pathobiology and the systemic manifestations of COPD. Dr. Polverino published seminal papers focused on the mechanisms leading to the onset and progression of COPD. She discovered that the B cell Activating Factor, a key molecule involved in autoimmunity, is overexpressed in COPD lungs and contributes to the formation of lymphoid follicles in the COPD lung (AJRCCM 2010 and 2015). She has also identified two molecules which are expressed in the lung and are protective against cigarette smoke-induced lung damage and COPD: Club Cell Protein 16 (CC16, European Respiratory Journal 2015), and A-Disintegrin and A Metalloproteinase Domain 8 (AJRCCM 2018), and has described the first non-human primate model of COPD (American Journal of Pathology 2015). From a clinical standpoint, Dr. Polverino reported for the first time that patients with COPD have extensive kidney damage (AJRCCM 2017). In 2017, Dr. Polverino became assistant professor of medicine at Harvard University. Dr. Polverino moved to University of Arizona in August 2018. Dr. Polverino has been awarded with several prestigious international recognitions, such as the Parker B Francis Fellowship (2016), and the Rising Star of Research Award from the American Thoracic Society (2018).

The University of Arizona College of Medicine - Tucson is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.  The University of Arizona College of Medicine - Tucson designates this live activity for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s) ™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
All Faculty, CME Planning Committee Members, and CME Office Reviewers have disclosed that they have no financial relationships with commercial interests that would constitute a conflict of interest concerning this CME activity.

Learning Objectives:

1.Diagnose a variety of internal medicine illnesses

2.Understand more clearly advances in therapy

3.Become truly professional physicians