Interim chief named at UA Cancer Center

The University of Arizona Cancer Center has a new interim director.

Anne E. Cress, a professor of cellular and molecular medicine and radiation oncology at the UA College of Medicine, succeeds Dr. David S. Alberts, who served as Cancer Center director for more than eight years until his recent retirement. Alberts remains at the UA Cancer Center to conduct research.

Incoming UA Senior Vice President for Health Sciences Dr. Joe G.N. "Skip" Garcia and UA College of Medicine - Tucson Dean Dr. Steve Goldschmid made the appointment.

Cress does research on tumors and is working on providing new ways for physicians to determine if a patient's cancer is likely to spread.

She has been at the UA Cancer Center since 1987, and her research has continuously been supported by research grants from the National Institutes of Health, the U.S. Department of Defense and the American Cancer Society.

Cress received her bachelor of science degree in microbiology and chemistry and a doctorate in biochemistry and molecular biology from the UA. She completed postdoctoral work in cancer biology at the UA, served as a visiting professor in biochemistry at Stanford University, and completed visiting scholar sabbaticals at the Drug Development and Design Center in Brisbane, Australia, and with the Developmental Biology Group at Netherlands Cancer Institute in Amsterdam.

Cardio health is focus of upcoming lecture

A free presentation about cardiovascular issues, inflammation and arthritis is scheduled for 6 p.m. Aug. 7 at the University of Arizona Medical Center - University Campus.

The event will be in the Chase Bank Auditorium, 1501 N. Campbell Ave.

Internal medicine physician Dr. Lori Mackstaller is scheduled to be the keynote speaker.

Mackstaller, who provides primary care to patients with heart disease, will discuss cardiovascular risk with an emphasis on inflammation. The inflammatory process is key in rheumatoid disease and increases the risk of diabetes, hypertension and underlying cardiac disease, she says.

Mackstaller began her career as a clinical nurse specialist and earned her medical degree from the UA College of Medicine in 1997. She is a clinical associate professor in the division of cardiology in the department of medicine at the UA College of Medicine in Tucson. She is the Edwin J. Brach Foundation/Hazel and Bertram Brodie Endowed Lecturer for Heart Disease in Women at the UA Sarver Heart Center.

The lecture is part of the "Living Healthy With Arthritis" series of monthly talks presented by the University of Arizona Arthritis Center.

Seating is limited, and registration is requested. For more information or to register, visit the University of Arizona Arthritis Center website, call 626-5040 or email

There is a parking fee of $1.50 per hour, cash only, in the University of Arizona Medical Center - University Campus visitor and patient parking garage. Free parking is available after 5 p.m. in the UA Zone 1 permit and metered parking lot No. 2030 just south of the parking garage at East Mabel Street and Martin Avenue.

3 events to offer info on infant care

Three upcoming free events are aimed at new parents and parents-to-be.

• Certified lactation consultants from Tucson Medical Center will be part of an event sponsored by the county public health department called "Healthy From the Start." The Pima County Health Department will host the event, which includes baby health checks, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Thursday at the Herbert K. Abrams Public Health Center, 3950 S. Country Club Road.

• The science and benefits of breast-feeding will be the focus from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Aug. 9, when national breast-feeding expert Dr. Stephen Buescher speaks in the Duval Auditorium in the University of Arizona Medical Center, 1501 N. Campbell Ave. Among other things, Buescher has done extensive research about the anti-inflammatory characteristics of human milk. Registration information is at:

• The 94.9 MIXfm Baby Fair is a free event scheduled for 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 10 at the Tucson Convention Center, 260 S. Church Ave.

Contact Star medical reporter Stephanie Innes at or 573.4134.