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Congratulations to Vivian / Thuy-­Vi Nguyen! NIA R21 grant application that received a 6 percentile

National Institute of Aging Exploratory/Developmental Research Grant Program (Parent R21;; PA-­18-­489) PI: Vivian / Thuy-­Vi Nguyen 


Department of Immunology applauds the achievements of Drs Allison and Honjo (Nobel Prize, 2018) and their basic science discoveries that led to breakthroughs in cancer immunotherapy! The Department of Immunobiology offers our heartfelt congratulations to Drs. Jim Allison and Tasuku Honjo for being awarded the 2018 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine. This award highlights the power of basic research, patience, and persistence.

Celebrating Women in Medicine Month with Felicia Goodrum Felicia Goodrum has been awarded more than $13 million in grants within the last year to fund her research on CMV, a virus that affects more than half of the global population above the age of 40.

Cultivating Curiosity: Attend our 6th Annual Symposium at Neuroscience 2018 "Dr. Kristian Doyle and Dr. Jonathan Kipnis have been invited as key speakers at the "Brain-Immune System Interfaces in Health and Disease" Symposium at this year's Society for Neuroscience in November."

UA Immunobiology Chief Awarded $1.5M Grant to Study Threat of Chikungunya to Elderly Researchers at the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson will study why the elderly suffer disproportionately from the emerging mosquito-borne virus.

Registration is now open for the THE 58th MIDWINTER CONFERENCE OF IMMUNOLOGISTS January 26– 29, 2019, Asilomar Conference Grounds, Pacific Grove (Monterey) California Chairpersons: Michael S. Kuhns and Marion Pepper

This Virus Actually May Boost — Not Weaken — Our Immune System Lifelong cytomegalovirus infection may be beneficial, boosting the immune system in old age, when we need it most, according to a study led by University of Arizona researchers published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Graduate Student Krysta Felix receives Donald G. Sheer Travel Award

We would like to congratulate to Krysta Felix, of the Wu Lab, as she was a recipient of a 2018 Donald G.


Justin John Frere of Nikolich Lab earned the Excellence in Undergraduate Research Award

Justin John Frere’s innovative student research at the College of Medicine – Tucson has earned him an Excellence in Undergraduate Research Award. Congratulations Justin!


UA Health Sciences and UA Researchers Awarded ABRC Grants Totaling Nearly $6M for Health Research The three-year Arizona Biomedical Research Commission Awards will fund research relating to neuropathic and cancer pain, migraines, opioids, antibiotics, antivirals, sinusitis, obesity, diabetes, Parkinson’s disease, pulmonary disease and pediatric acute-onset neuropsychiatric syndrome.

Congratulations Jacob Zbesko

We want to congratulate Jacob Zbesko for winning this award! This is now the 2nd time he earns this award.

CONGRATULATIONS to the UA ARCS Foundation Scholars for 2018-19! (list below)


UA Study: Brain Liquefaction After Stroke is Toxic to Surviving Brain Researchers at the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson suggest liquefied brain fluid may be one cause of dementia after stroke.

UA Part of $8.9M Collaborative Grant to Understand How Dangerous Virus `Hides’ to Attack Another Day Dr. Felicia Goodrum and several of the nation’s most prominent human cytomegalovirus researchers have been awarded a five-year, $8.9 million collaborative grant to investigate how the virus lies dormant until it activates and poses life-threatening disease risk.

UA Lab Seeks 'Holy Grail of Gerontology' What if you could experience full health until the very end of your life? UA researchers, led by Dr. Janko Nikolich-Zugich, think long-lasting immunity from disease might be possible — if the thymus and the T-cells it produces to fight infection can be brought back to work efficiently.

In the Age of Social Media, He's a New Kind of Scientist What does it mean to be a scientist? Far more than doing research in a lab, says Michael Johnson, whose unconventional passage into the field began with a bowling championship and a music degree.

See what our faculty has accomplished over the past few months

Each month our faculty are encouraged to report their achievements. 


Dr. Janko Nikolich-Žugich re-elected as Chair of the Board of the American Aging Association from June 2017 to May 2020 On Saturday, November 19th our Department Head, Dr. Janko Nikolich-Žugich, will be named the Chair of the Biological Section of the Gerontological Society of America (GSA)!

Boosting Immunity in Older Adults: UA Health Sciences Immunologists Unmask New Infection-Fighting T Cells Immune-system frailty in adults 65 and older is a widespread public health issue. A study led by the Department of Immunobiology at the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson points to new cells that may hold a solution.

Kuhns Lab featured in UANews

The Kuhns Lab was featured in "Do Old Helper T-Cells Remember More?"  (click the link to read more).


Preparing for an Aging World: Engaging Biogerontologists, Geriatricians, and the Society

Janko Nikolich-Žugich, MD, Ph.D., Chairman of the Board for the American Aging Association,


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