UA medical student receives fellowship

A University of Arizona medical student has earned a fellowship to nurture a career in tropical medicine.

The American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene named second-year UA College of Medicine student Aubri Carman one of 20 fellows chosen from 12 medical schools for a Benjamin H. Kean Travel Fellowship in Tropical Medicine, which is named for an internationally known tropical medicine expert. Fellows receive airfare and up to $1,000 in living expenses for a project.

Carman intends to become a pediatric infectious disease specialist and hopes to practice at a care center with a focus on global health. She told UA News that she has a particular interest in HIV/AIDS and the sociocultural and clinical impact of the current epidemic in sub-Saharan Africa.

This past summer, Carman worked in Lusaka, Zambia, for a charity called Tiny Tim and Friends in its pediatric HIV clinic.

Carman graduated summa cum laude from the UA in 2012 with degrees in biochemistry and molecular biophysics, and molecular and cellular biology.

Casa Grande center sets Safe Sitter class

Casa Grande Regional Medical Center will offer a Safe Sitter class for girls and boys, ages 11 to 13, on Oct. 19. The center is at 1800 E. Florence Blvd. in Casa Grande.

Space is limited to 15 participants. Pre-registration is required by Oct. 17.

To register your child or your child’s babysitter, call Kaitee Doll, volunteer services coordinator, at 520-381-6541 or email her at

The program teaches young adolescents how to handle emergencies when caring for younger children. Students will get hands-on practice in basic lifesaving techniques.

The cost including lunch is $15; scholarships may be available based on need.

TIRR, Giffords’ rehab center, gets $3M grant

The Houston rehabilitation hospital where former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords recovered from a near-fatal gunshot wound in 2011 has received $3 million to study a treatment for traumatic brain injuries.

The National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research awarded TIRR Memorial Hermann hospital the grant to study whether the medicine donepezil is a treatment for memory deficits resulting from traumatic brain injury. Donepezil improves memory performance in adults with neurological conditions by increasing the amount of the neurotransmitter acetylcholine in the brain. It is available in a generic form, so it has promise of becoming an affordable treatment option.

As the grant recipient, TIRR Memorial Hermann will lead a national team of collaborators at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in Massachusetts, Moss Rehabilitation Research Institute in Pennsylvania, Indiana University in Indiana and Craig Hospital in Colorado.

The principal goal of the research is to reduce barriers to everyday function and to enable people with brain injuries to return to full participation in life.

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