Recent Steele Center News
Funds raised from this annual event will be used for “greatest-need” projects at the UA Steele Children’s Research Center and a variety of Kids of Steele service projects.
Dr. Ghishan is the 2017 recipient of the “Eugene G. Sander Endowed Faculty Fundraising Award” in recognition of his 22-year commitment to excellence in fundraising and development for the UA Steele Children’s Research Center.
The gifts will provide long-term support for critical faculty research in pediatric diseases and also provide researchers access to the latest technology and equipment to find solutions for a broad range of childhood diseases.
Beach volleyball player Mia Mason, who survived a rare brain tumor as a 12-year-old, is paying it forward in support of pediatric cancer research.
Southern Arizona Mustang Club Donation of Two Power Wheels Mustangs for Pediatric Surgery Patients
With a five-year, $1.9 million grant from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, researchers at the UA Steele Children's Research Center are seeking a better understanding of the NHE8 protein's role in the development of inflammatory bowel disease and colon cancer, and its contribution to the stability of the gut microbiome – the community of bacteria that inhabit the intestines and influence the immune system.
Arizona Elks lodges across Arizona have raised funds for the Steele Center for the past 25 years, donating nearly $6.6 million since 1992.
23rd Annual Father of the Year Awards Dinner and Gala Donates $136,000 to the UA Steele Children’s Research Center
Event celebrated six outstanding Tucson fathers while raising funds to support type 1 diabetes research, faculty recruitment and endowment at the UA Steele Center.
18th Annual PANDA ‘Children Helping Children’ Fundraiser Breaks Record in Support of UA Steele Center
$1.725M donated to UA Steele Children’s Research Center for “PANDA Children’s Autoimmunity and Allergies Project,” which will support research into the genetic and environmental factors that contribute to autoimmune diseases.
Third Annual ‘Eat Dessert First Day,’ April 21, Honors Memory of Dana Morgan and Raises Funds for UA Pediatric Cancer Research
The day honors the memory of pediatric cancer patient Dana Morgan and raises funds for pediatric cancer research at the UA Steele Children’s Research Center. A number of restaurants are donating a portion of the day’s proceeds and individual donations can be made online any time.
Courtney’s Courage Donates $30,000 for `Courtney Page Zillman Fellow’ at the UA Steele Children’s Research Center
Courtney Page Zillman Fellow Megan Molin, MS, will conduct research that seeks to understand the best ways to use anticancer drugs to prepare a patient’s immune system for bone marrow transplantation.
Lauren Erdelyi Joins UA Steele Children’s Research Center as Coordinator for Community Outreach and Public Education
Erdelyi will raise awareness about the UA Steele Center through public education programs that highlight the work of UA Steele Center physician-scientists and researchers.
Dr. Jennifer Andrews Appointed Assistant Professor, Division of Genetics and Developmental Pediatrics
In addition to teaching students and other professionals, Dr. Andrews collaborates with physician-scientists from the UA Steele Children’s Research Center in the areas of developmental and behavioral pediatrics, pediatric and adult congenital heart defects, Duchenne and Becker muscular dystrophy, adolescent medicine and health disparities.
The event is for children 5 years through 8th grade. Children will have the opportunity to participate in practice drills and other football activities with Coach Rodriguez and his staff.
UA Steele Children’s Research Center Receives $780k to Study the Perplexing Disorder, `Children’s Postinfectious Autoimmune Encephalopathy’
Funds will enable the University of Arizona Steele Children’s Research Center to launch clinical and basic science research in children’s postinfectious autoimmune encephalopathies.
Arizona House of Representatives’ Health Committee Session to Feature UA and Banner Health Leaders’ Discussion About the ‘Children’s Postinfectious Autoimmune Encephalopathy (CPAE) Center of Excellence’
Leaders from Banner-University Medicine and the UA will provide an update about the “Children’s Postinfectious Autoimmune Encephalopathy (CPAE) Center of Excellence”—the first center of its kind in the United States.
Kids of Steele, the family auxiliary of the UA Steele Children’s Research Center, will spread holiday cheer to children at Banner Children’s at Diamond Children’s Medical Center and at affiliated outpatient clinics.
UA Steele Children’s Research Center Receives $1.73M Grant to Explore Triggers of Autoimmune Disease
This study seeks to find answers into the mechanisms that trigger autoimmune disease—diseases that are on the rise in the Western world, and afflict approximately 24 million Americans.
Sixth Annual ‘Kids of Steele’ Mini Golf Event Raises $91,000 for UA Steele Children’s Research Center
This annual family-friendly event raises funds for “greatest-need” research projects at the UA Steele Center and Kids of Steele service projects.
Dr. Christopher Justinich Joins UA Department of Pediatrics and Banner Children’s at Diamond Children’s Medical Center
Christopher Justinich, MD, will provide pediatric gastroenterology and nutrition care to children. He brings special expertise in the area of food allergic disorders of the GI tract, and in eosinophilic esophagitis (EoE)—an inflammatory disease of the esophagus.
Funds raised from this annual event will be used for “greatest-need” projects at the UA Steele Center and a variety of Kids of Steele service projects.
Banner Children’s at Diamond Children’s Medical Center has received a grant from the National Children’s Cancer Society to host a “Night at the Museum” party for Southern Arizona pediatric cancer survivors and their families on Saturday, Sept. 24.
New Faculty Join UA Department of Pediatrics and Banner Children’s at Diamond Children’s Medical Center
Heather Cassell, MD, will provide specialized allergy and immunology care for children; Emily Keyser, MD, and Erica Danielle Laber, MD, will provide general pediatric care.
Banner Children’s at Diamond Children’s Medical Center and the University of Arizona Health Sciences will advance pediatric health care through a new genomic medicine agreement with other premier children’s hospitals throughout the nation.
Partnership with UA College of Education a Win for Southern Arizona Pediatric Patients
New UA Pediatric Center of Excellence First in Southwest to Provide Patient Care, Education, Research in Underdiagnosed Disorder
The “Children’s Postinfectious Autoimmune Encephalopathy (CPAE) Center of Excellence at the UA Steele Children’s Research Center” is the first in the Southwest to bring clinical care, teaching, translational medicine and basic science research together to cure a spectrum of neuropsychiatric disorders that historically have been misdiagnosed or undiagnosed in children.
UA Steele Children’s Research Center Receives $3 Million Continuation Grant for its Arizona LEND Program
The Arizona LEND Program trains professionals to be leaders in clinical care and research. The training program, which seeks to improve the health of children with neurodevelopmental disabilities, trains professionals in more than 15 disciplines.
Grant Funds Research and Clinical Trial to Address Health Disparities in Bone Marrow Transplantation
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society “Translational Research Program” grant will advance ongoing haplo-BMT research at the UA Steele Children’s Research Center, and support a UA Cancer Center Phase I/II clinical trial based on UA research findings published recently in the British Journal of Haematology.
People and Programs On the Move at University of Arizona Health Sciences
The University of Arizona Department of Pediatrics and Banner Children’s – Diamond Children’s Medical Center welcome new faculty members William Holm, MD, and Catherine Riley, MD.
Although pediatric heart surgery techniques have improved over the years, children with CHD often have a high rate of organ failure after surgery. This study will explore the role of the gut in determining post-operative outcomes after repair of congenital heart defects in infants and children.
Second Annual ‘Eat Dessert First Day,’ April 21, Honors Memory of Dana Morgan and Raises Funds for Pediatric Cancer Research
The day honors the memory of pediatric cancer patient Dana Morgan and raises funds for pediatric cancer research at the UA Steele Children’s Research Center.
UAHS Researchers Contribute to National CDC Study that Estimates 1 in 68 U.S. Children Having an Autism Spectrum Disorder
In Arizona, the findings were slightly higher, with 1 in 66 of 8-year-old children in Maricopa County identified with ASD.
UA Emergency Medicine Researchers to Study Quicker, More Accurate Detection of Bacterial Infections in Infants with Fever
By identifying bacterial from non-bacterial infections, researchers hope to develop a precise diagnostic test that allows for less invasive, more accurate and timely evaluation and diagnosis of young infants in the emergency department.
The University of Arizona Department of Pediatrics and Banner Children’s – Diamond Children’s Medical Center welcome new faculty member Gene Hoyme, MD, clinical professor, to the Division of Genetics and Behavioral Pediatrics.
Primary Care Wins the Largest Share of Students in the UA College of Medicine – Tucson Class of 2016
The students opened Match Day envelopes Friday that revealed where they will go for residency training: nearly 40 percent of the class – 39 of 99 students – will pursue primary care, the most critical physician shortage in Arizona.
The Arizona CHSTRONG project will provide a more complete understanding of the social and quality-of-life issues facing individuals with congenital heart disease from throughout the state as they transition into adulthood.
Kids of Steele will host a “Team Up” event with UA football Coach Rich Rodriguez on Thursday, March 3, from 5 to 6 p.m.
Ruth Mondschein's passion for helping children, especially children with disabilities, was passed down to her daughters, Paula and Joan.
The University of Arizona Department of Pediatrics and Banner Children’s at Diamond Children’s Medical Center welcome new faculty members Rajesh Dudani, MD, Timothy Johanson, MD, and Lauren Nicholls, MD.
UA Pediatric Pulmonary Center Receives $1.69M Grant from Maternal and Child Health Bureau to Train Leaders to Care for Kids with Pulmonary Disorders
The UA Pediatric Pulmonary Center serves as a regional and national resource center for training and educating the next generation of leaders who care for children with chronic pulmonary disorders within the disciplines of medicine, nursing, nutrition, social work, pharmacy and family advocacy.
UA Steele Children’s Research Center Receives $40,000 from `Courtney’s Courage’ for Pediatric Cancer Research
Funds will support research at the UA Steele Center that is examining novel immunotherapy strategies against pediatric cancer.
On Tuesday, Dec. 15, 9 – 11 a.m., Santa and his Kids of Steele elves will visit patients in the Pediatric Hematology/Oncology and Pediatric Multispecialty clinics on the third floor of Banner – University Medical Center Tucson, and also to hospitalized children on the sixth floor of Diamond Children’s. They will hand out holiday stockings filled with goodies to patients.
Also known as haplo BMT, the procedure provides an alternative source of stem cells for patients who need a bone marrow transplant but cannot find a related or unrelated donor match.
As a pediatric endocrinologist, Dr. González-García will provide care for children suffering from endocrine disorders, such as type 1 diabetes, thyroid problems, hypoglycemia and obesity, among others.
UA Steele Children’s Research Center and Banner Children’s at Diamond Children’s Medical Center pediatric research and clinical programs benefit from annual event.
The new technology is being used to create three-dimensional heart models to teach UA medical students and residents about normal and abnormal cardiac anatomy, and to help families understand their child’s congenital heart defect.
Former UA Wildcat Basketball Player Sean Elliott to Host `I Think I Can’ 5th Annual Gala Benefitting UA Steele Children’s Research Center and Banner Children’s at Diamond Children’s Medical Center
Proceeds from the event will benefit pediatric autoimmune disorders research at the UA Steele Children’s Research Center and clinical care programs at Banner Children’s at Diamond Children’s Medical Center.
Kids of Steele, the family auxiliary of the UA Steele Children’s Research Center, will host its “5th Annual Mini Golf Event” at Golf N’ Stuff, Sunday, Oct. 11, from 4-8 p.m.
The University of Arizona Department of Pediatrics and Banner Children’s – Diamond Children’s Medical Center welcome new faculty member Clare Lindner, MD, assistant professor, to the Division of Nephrology.
A $400,000 `Hyundai Scholar Hope Grant’ will be presented to UA Steele Research Center pediatric cancer researchers Dr. Emmanuel Katsanis and Dr. Yi Zeng at Hyundai Hope on Wheels® Handprint Ceremony
Local Wells Fargo to Deliver Get-Well Gifts to Banner Children's - Diamond Children's Medical Center
As part of their annual Community Support Campaign, local Wells Fargo team members will assemble and deliver get-well gift boxes to the patients at Banner Children's - Diamond Children's Medical Center.
UA Pediatrics Resident-Physician Awarded Grant to Implement Tooth-Brushing Program for Children in Sunnyside District
The one-year American Academy of Pediatrics’ CATCH grant will enable Dr. Williamson to implement “Promoting Oral Health through the Classroom” in Tucson’s Sunnyside School District.
Curcumin Shows Potential to Prevent Inflammation-Associated Colorectal Cancer, Restore Microbial Gut Ecology
Researchers at the UA Steele Children’s Research Center discover that curcumin may be a viable means to prevent inflammation-associated colorectal cancer, while also regulating the microbiota of the gut.
The University of Arizona Department of Pediatrics and Banner Children’s – Diamond Children’s Medical Center welcome new faculty members Jenny Mendelson, MD, and Alicia Palmer, MD.
Banner-University Medical Center Phoenix and Banner-University Medical Center Tucson have each been named to U.S. News & World Report’s Best Hospital ranking, and nationally recognized for specialty services.
The University of Arizona Department of Pediatrics and Banner Children’s – Diamond Children’s Medical Center welcome new faculty members Daniel Combs, MD, and Rajan Senguttuvan, MD.
21st Annual Father of the Year Awards Dinner and Gala Raises $150,000 for the UA Steele Children’s Research Center
Event celebrated five outstanding Tucson fathers while raising funds to support type 1 diabetes research, faculty recruitment and endowment at the UA Steele Center.
UA Pediatrics Professor Dr. Alan Bedrick Appointed Executive Director of Critical Path Institute’s ‘International Neonatal Consortium’
As executive director of INC, Dr. Bedrick is responsible for the overall strategic planning and management of collaborative research endeavors among academic neonatologists, industry clinical staff and regulatory agency staff that will accelerate an understanding of medicine use in neonates.
The University of Arizona Department of Pediatrics and Banner Children’s – Diamond Children’s Medical Center welcome new faculty member Geetha Gopalakrishnan, MD, assistant professor, to the Division of Hospital Medicine.
Senior Sarah Koenig will celebrate her high school graduation in her hospital room at Banner Children’s – Diamond Children’s Medical Center, on Thursday, May 21, at 4 p.m.
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.
PANDA Fashion Show Breaks Fundraising Record; Grosses More Than $1 Million for Research at the UA Steele Children’s Research Center
Proceeds will support pediatric research efforts, including cancer research in the area of immunotherapy through the newly established, “PANDA Children’s Anti-Tumor Immunity Program,” at the UA Steele Center.
Hanna Phan, PharmD, assistant professor at the University of Arizona College of Pharmacy and a Banner – University Medical Center Tucson pediatric pharmacist, was presented with the Presidential Citation Award from the Pediatric Pharmacy Advocacy Group (PPAG) at the Pediatric Pharmacy Association Conference.
Multi-center Study Shows No Significant Benefit to Therapeutic Hypothermia in Children who Suffered Out-of-Hospital Cardiac Arrest
Results showed no significant difference in outcomes for children who received therapeutic hypothermia and children who maintained a normal body temperature after suffering cardiac arrest.
Researchers at the Arizona Health Sciences Center discover a potential cause of dry eye disease – a disease that afflicts millions of people in the United States.
Kids of Steele will host a “Team Up” event with UA football Coach Rich Rodriguez on Thursday, April 9, from 5 to 6 p.m.
In celebration of Tucson Rodeo Week, clowns from the Tucson Rodeo will entertain patients at Diamond Children’s on Wednesday, Feb. 25, at 2 p.m., in the Diamond Children’s lobby.
The students will set up a photo booth for patients to get their photo taken, and assist patients in making Valentine’s Day cards with the photos for their friends and family.
Students from Emily Gray Junior High School Donate Valentine’s Day Teddy Bears to Diamond Children’s
The students held a “Valentine’s Day Teddy Bear Drive” to bring love, comfort and cheer to hospitalized children
Hillary Franke, MD, UA Pediatric Intensivist Completes Integrative Medicine Fellowship through the University of Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine
“The fellowship focuses on the use of what we used to call ‘complementary’ methods of treatment, using an evidence-based medicine approach,” said Dr. Franke.
"The Abbett Family Foundation is proud to support the efforts of Diamond Children's in providing the highest quality of care for the children and families in our community," said Jeffrey Abbett.
UA Steele Children’s Research Center Receives $2 Million from CDC to Continue Identifying Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders in Arizona
The University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson Steele Children’s Research Center received a four-year, $2 million grant from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to continue its Arizona Developmental Disabilities Surveillance Program (ADDSP).
A new drug administration system that functions like a molecular delivery truck could help children suffering from ulcerative colitis.
Santa and volunteers from local organizations help make hospitalized children’s holidays “merry and bright.”
Little Boy with a Big Heart: Garrett Tews Donates Teddy Bears and Stuffed Animals to Patients at UAMC-Diamond Children’s for Christmas
For the third year in a row, Garrett, 7, has collected teddy bears and other stuffed animals to give to patients.
This donation is part of the Arizona Elks’ commitment to raise $2.5 million for the UA Steele Center over the next 10 years.
Santa Claus and Elves Arrive by Carriage at UAMC-Diamond Children’s to Visit Patients and Host Christmas Party
Patients and their families can visit Santa and have photos taken with him, decorate cookies and ornaments, enjoy carriage and pony rides, and watch the movie “Polar Express.”
Patients at the University of Arizona Medical Center-Diamond Children’s and UAMC-University Campus, their families and staff are invited to attend.
Santa Claus, Mrs. Claus and Elsa from ‘Frozen’ Visit UAMC-Diamond Children’s for Christmas Celebration
The Claus’ visit coordinated by Pima College Police Department and Elsa’s appearance coordinated by the local non-profit organization Katie’s Hearts.
Thurs. Dec 11; 12pm - 1pm; Room 8403
The University of Arizona Medical Center has accepted a request by the Arizona Department of Health Services to become the state’s second Infectious Disease Treatment Center of Excellence, making it Southern Arizona’s designated hospital for the treatment of emerging infectious diseases such as Ebola.
“ComfyCozy’s for Chemo” T-shirts, developed by Amanda Hope Rainbow Angel’s, will be donated to patients with cancer at UAMC -- Diamond Children’s and its pediatric hematology/oncology/BMT outpatient clinic.
Fourth Annual ‘Kids of Steele’ Miniature Golf Event Raises Approximately $64,000 for UA Steele Children’s Research Center
Kids of Steele raised approximately $64,000 for the University of Arizona Steele Children’s Research Center at its Fourth Annual Miniature Golf Tournament, held Oct. 19 at Golf N’ Stuff.
UA’s Dr. Sean Elliott Appointed to Governor’s Council on Infectious Disease Preparedness and Response
The council is comprised of leading experts from the fields of health, human services, public safety, emergency and military affairs, education and more.
Funds from Tee Up For Tots will support pediatric cancer research at the UA Steele Center exploring the application of haploidentical hematopoietic cell transplant (HHCT) for pediatric solid tumors.
‘PANDA Children’s Neurological Center’ Opens at the University of Arizona Medical Center Children’s Multispecialty Clinic on Wilmot
The PANDAs raised $1 million to establish the PANDA Children’s Neurological Center, which will improve the lives of families in Arizona whose children experience neurological injuries and conditions.
Spirit of Children will host a Halloween party for the patients of UAMC Diamond Children’s on Wednesday, Oct. 15, 1 p.m.
15-year-old Sruti Bandlamuri Raises more Than $7, 000 for Autism Research at UA Steele Children’s Research Center Through Performance
Sruti donated all proceeds from her performance—more than $7,000—to support autism research at the UA Steele Center.
Patients to Participate in `Be The Match’ Walk at Diamond Children’s to Raise Awareness of the National Marrow Donor Program
The University of Arizona Medical Center is one of the sponsors for the 2014 Be The Match® Walk/Run. This event raises funds for Be The Match®.
UA Department of Pediatrics and UA Health Network Welcome Dr. Neha Bhasin to Division of Hematology/Oncology/BMT
The University of Arizona Department of Pediatrics and the University of Arizona Health Network welcome new faculty member Neha Bhasin, MD, assistant professor, to the Division of Hematology/ Oncology.
UA Pediatric Infectious Disease Expert Available to Discuss Respiratory Virus Affecting Children in the Midwest
Ten states have contacted the CDC for assistance in investigating clusters of the virus in Colorado, North Carolina, Georgia, Ohio, Iowa, Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma and Kentucky.
Katie James, MPA, and Michelle MacDonald have joined the University of Arizona Steele Children’s Research Center as coordinators, special events and development.
Team members will meet in the lobby of Diamond Children’s (1501 N. Campbell Ave.) and then proceed to patient rooms on the fifth and sixth floors.
UA Department of Pediatrics and the University of Arizona Health Network Welcome Pediatric Sports Medicine Physician Dr. Mo Mortazavi
A board-certified pediatric sports medicine physician, Dr. Mortazavi is developing the first dedicated pediatric sports medicine program in Tucson—scheduled to launch Aug. 19 at the UAHN Children’s Multi-Specialty Clinic at Wilmot.
UA Department of Pediatrics and the University of Arizona Health Network Welcome Dr. Sarah M. Becker to the Division of Critical Care
Dr. Becker’s clinical and research interests are in the areas of diagnostic imaging in the pediatric emergency department and the use of simulation medicine in residency training programs.
‘Christmas in July’ at Diamond Children’s: Firefighters from Golder Ranch Fire Department to Give Toys to Hospitalized Children
Firefighters from Golder Ranch Fire Department are giving Diamond Children’s a “Christmas in July” on Wednesday, July 16, 2-3 p.m.
More than 100 Tucson physicians with the University of Arizona Health Network are ranked among the 2014 Best Doctors in America and are featured in Tucson Lifestyle magazine’s July issue on Best Doctors in Tucson.
Clowns from the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey circus will attend the event and provide fun and entertainment for patients and their siblings as well.
For the Love of Benny: Students at Miller Elementary School Raise Funds for the ‘Louise Thomas Endowed Chair in Pediatric Cancer Research’ at the UA Steele Children’s Research Center
The donated funds are being contributed to the “Louise Thomas Endowed Chair in Pediatric Cancer Research.” The endowment will provide continuous funding for pediatric cancer research projects at the UA Steele Center.
Tuesday, May 13 at 11:45 a.m. at Diamond Children's Lobby
Four members from the University of Arizona men’s basketball team are scheduled to visit patients at Diamond Children’s on Monday, May 5, 4 p.m., and distribute jars filled with toys and other goodies assembled by volunteers of SHINE ON Tucson
Superman, Batman and Spiderman made a special visit to Diamond Children's on Tuesday, April 29, to clean windows and visit with patients! Thanks to Skyline Window Cleaning and Mirrored Reflections for contacting the superheroes for this event.
Easter Bunny, Mickey and Minnie Mouse to Visit Patients for “Jazmyn’s ‘Lunch-Break’ and ‘Organ-Donor’ Program”
Friday, April 18, noon – 2 p.m.
Wednesday, April 16, 3:30- 4:30 p.m. at Diamond Children’s (D4, D5, D6), 1501 N. Campbell Ave.
Thursday, April 10, 5 – 6 p.m. at Arizona Football Stadium (northeast corner, Gate 2)
‘Magic Carpet Ride’ Gala Raises $125,000 for UA Steele Children’s Research Center and Diamond Children’s
Funds raised from the gala will support autoimmune disorders research at the UA Steele Center and clinical programs at Diamond Children’s.
To Honor Stephen: ‘Kick Cancer for Stephen’ Foundation Donates Sony PlayStations and Snacks to Diamond Children’s
The Kick Cancer for Stephen Foundation was created in memory of Stephen Placencia, who died on Jan. 14, 2008, at the young age of 17 from fibrolamellar hepatocellualar carcinoma—a rare form of liver cancer.
7-Year-Old Alejandrina Romero to Donate ‘Kindness Packages’ to Patients at Diamond Children’s on Valentine’s Day
Seven-year-old Alejandrina Romero is dedicated to spreading kindness to others. In January she was given an award from the “Shyann Kindness Project” with a challenge to “pass kindness on.”