"Research moves medicine forward. We will never stop asking big questions that lead 
to bold discoveries, that lead to novel treatments and cures for our children.
This is our challenge. This is our commitment." 
~Fayez K. Ghishan, MD
Director, UA Steele Children's Research Center
Professor and Head, UA Department of Pediatrics
Physician-in-Chief, Banner Children's - Diamond Children's Medical Center   


Happy Spring! Here is a summary of recent stories published about the UA Steele Children's Research Center,
the UA Department of Pediatrics and Banner Children's - Diamond Children's Medical Center. 
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21st Annual 'Father of the Year' Awards Gala Supports Type 1 Diabetes Research at the Steele Center


On Thursday, May 28, Father's Day Council Tucson held their 21st Annual 'Father of the Year' Awards Gala at Loews Ventana Canyon. It was a wonderful event, honoring five outstanding fathers from the Tucson community, with all proceeds funding type 1 diabetes research and endowment at the Steele Center. See photos


Sarah Koenig Celebrates High School Graduation at Diamond Children's


In May, 17-year-old Sarah Koenig celebrated her high school graduation at Diamond Children's with her principal, teachers, fellow students, friends and family. Koenig is battling a rare form of kidney cancer, and was unable to attend her graduation at Sahuaro High School. The party was planned by Diamond Children's employee, BJ Godard and Child Life Services. KVOA story | Photos


16th Annual PANDA Fashion Show Breaks Fundraising Record; Grosses More than $1 Million for Research


For the first time in 16 years, the annual PANDA "Children Helping Children" Fashion Show and Luncheon gross revenues exceeded $1 million, all to support pediatric research efforts at the UA Steele Children's Research Center. The luncheon and fashion show took place at The Phoenician Resort in Scottsdale on April 25, and was attended by nearly 1,000 people. Fifty-eight children  participated in the fashion show, modeling fashions from Splendid, Converse, Garage and Peek, to the theme, "When You Wish Upon a Star." Read more | See photos 


Arizona Elks Raise $125,000 for Steele Center; Honor Dr. Ghishan for 20 Years of Service


In May, Arizona Elks Major Projects Executive Director Al Skorupski honored Dr. Ghishan with a beautiful crystal plaque to celebrate his 20 years of outstanding service at the Steele Center. They also presented a $125,000 donation to Lori Stratton, Steele Center Development Director at their 2015 Annual Convention in Phoenix. In addition to the funds donated, lodges across the state collected hundreds of blankets, books and toys, to be distributed to patients at  Diamond Children's and outpatient clinics.  


Dr. Ghishan Interviewed on KGUN News 'The Morning Blend' Show About Father's Day Council Tucson Event

Dr. Fayez K. Ghishan, Director of the Steele Center, appeared on KGUN News, "The Morning Blend" to discuss the Father's Day Council Tucson "Fathers of the Year" event. See video  


'Molecular Truck' Could Deliver New Treatment for Ulcerative Colitis


University of Arizona researchers have developed a novel drug and delivery system to treat inflammation and ulcerations in the colon. The system, a carrier drug the research team has termed a "molecular truck," shows promise in treating ulcerative colitis, one of the two forms of inflammatory bowel disease, or IBD. Read more | UA News | Drug Discovery & Development | Medical Express | The Daily Wildcat 


Kids of Steele Host 'Team Up' Event with UA Football Coach Rodriguez


Kids of Steele member families and the UA Football team came together for the "Kids of Steele Team Up Event with Coach Rodriguez."  Children ages 5 through 8th grade had a blast practicing drills and team work with the UA Wildcat football team and staff. KVOA storyUA video  


UA Steele Center Receives $2 Million for Autism Spectrum Disorders


The UA Steele Center received a four-year, $2 million grant from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to continue its Arizona Developmental Disabilities Surveillance Program. The program, which has conducted autism spectrum disorders surveillance in Arizona since 2000 as part of the Autism and Developmental Disability Monitoring Network, is part of a multisite effort to track such disorders and also intellectual disabilities among U.S. schoolchildren. Read more 

Unexpected Discovery Leads to Insight for Dry Eye Disease


Researchers at the UA Steele Center made an unexpected discovery into the role of NHE8, a sodium/hydrogen exchanger protein.The research was led by Fayez K. Ghishan, MD, Professor and Head, Department of Pediatrics, and Steele Center researcher Hua Xu, PhD, Associate Professor, UA Department of Pediatrics. They collaborated with Mingwu Wang, MD, PhD, Associate Professor, UA Department of Ophthalmology and Vision Science. NHEs are a group of membrane proteins that function to exchange extracellular sodium (Na+) for intracellular hydrogen (H+). NHE proteins contribute to many physiological functions, such as intracellular (within cells) acidic (pH) regulation, cell volume regulation and sodium absorption. They play an important role by transporting sodium and electrolytes through the gastrointestinal tract. Read more  


Multi-Center Study Shows No Significant Benefit to Therapeutic Hypothermia in Children who Suffered Out-of-Hospital Cardiac Arrest


Banner Children's - Diamond Children's Medical Center was one of 38 children's hospitals in the United States and Canada to participate in a large-scale study that has shown no significant difference in outcomes for children who received therapeutic hypothermia and children who maintained a normal body temperature after suffering cardiac arrest. Cardiac arrest in children can often be a catastrophic event, resulting in brain injury, other long-term neurological disabilities or even death.Therapeutic hypothermia can improve survival and health outcomes for adults after cardiac arrest and also for newborns with brain injury due to a lack of oxygen at birth. Until now, this treatment has not been studied in infants or children admitted to hospitals with cardiac arrest. Read more  




Abbett Family Foundation Donates $115,00 to Diamond Children's

Diamond Children's received a donation of $115,000 from the Abbett Family Foundation. Foundation trustees Jeffrey Abbett, his sister, Renee Abbett, and Tim Wilcox, principal, Sonora Investment Management, visited Diamond Children's on January 15 to acknowledge the donation, which was made in December. Read more  


Diamond Children's Clinics Honored for Excellence in Immunization Rates


Two pediatric clinics in Tucson were recognized by The Arizona Partnership for Immunization (TAPI) as centers of excellence for achieving 90 percent or higher in their immunization rates and excellence in immunization education. The Arizona Elks Pediatrics clinic and Children's Multi-Specialty Center were both recognized in the "Toddler" and "Teen" categories.The awards were presented April 22 at TAPI's 19th Annual Big Shots for Arizona awards dinner at the Phoenix Country Club. Read more 

Steele Center 2014 Annual Review Now Available Online


The 2014 Steele Center Annual Review is now available online and in print.You may view the online version here. If you would like a hard copy, please email your request to Darci Slaten at darci@peds.arizona.edu

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