Julie Robbins, who has been working in the healthcare industry for more than 25 years, is responsible for coordinating many Arizona research projects and educational seminars. In her position with Battelle, Robbins works as a research scientist, working closely with the Arizona Biomedical Research Consortium. Some of Robbins’ projects in 2011 included:
1. Arizona Public Cord Blood Banking Project. This project gave Arizona families the opportunity to store core blood in a public cord blood bank, which is the only one of its kind in Arizona. Participating hospitals include St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center, Maricopa Integrated Health System and Phoenix Baptist Hospital.
2. Arizona Virtual Bio-specimen Repository. This monumental project will allow researchers to share bio-specimens via a proprietary online platform. The repository will allow hospitals and researchers easier and faster access to critical bio-specimen samples. This pivotal project will keep Arizona on the forefront of biomedical research innovation.
3. Robbins has also created seminars to assist healthcare professionals in keeping their medical licenses current. The most recent seminar she put together was a two-day grant writing and research skills workshop.
Sonoran Spine Center
In 2000, Crandall founded the Sonoran Spine Research and education Foundation, a nonprofit organization that funds college scholarships for students with spinal deformities, spinal research projects, and educational seminars such as the annual Arizona Spine and Scoliosis Symposium and Fund Raiser for the National Scoliosis Association. Crandall has developed a new spinal instrumentation system that solves certain difficult spinal deformity problems which are not correctable with other technology. The challenge and gratification of alleviating pain and restoring function in patients with complex spinal disorders in what made Crandall choose his medical specialty.
Dr. Robert Kuske
Arizona Breast Cancer Specialists
Kuske is the co-founder/medical director of Arizona Breast Cancer Specialists as well as its chief research officer. He and his partner founded ABCs in 2008 and have grown the practice into 50+ employees, three offices and seven practicing doctors in four short years. Today, he is co-principal investigator in the largest breast cancer radiation trial in history. His trial, sponsored by the National Cancer Institute, is testing head-to-head six-week whole breast radiation versus five-day partial breast irradiation. Targeted to a randomized 4,300 women, Kuske is within a year of finishing the trial, and believes the results will cause a major shift in how breast cancer patients will be treated.