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St. Joseph’s and Barrow’s add new board members

The Board of Directors of St. Joseph’s Foundation recently elected two new members for Fiscal Year 2015. The new board members are:

Barry Berman, of Scottsdale, graduated from the University of Wisconsin with a bachelor’s in business administration, a major in finance and a minor in accounting. He began his career as an equity trader at The Milwaukee Co. and Loewl & Co. Berman joined Robert W. Baird and Co. Inc. in 1974 as senior vice-president and director, working there for 32 years before his retirement in 2006.

Greg Valladao, of Phoenix, is a senior managing director at Cushman and Wakefield. He earned a bachelor’s degree with a double major in political science and history from Tulane University in New Orleans and a juris doctorate from the University of Arizona College of Law. For the past 30 years, he has used his extensive retail, sales, management and legal expertise to become a well-respected commercial real estate executive with a reputation as a regional retail expert.

The Board of Trustees of Barrow Neurological Foundation (BNF) recently added three new members and elected a slate of officers. The new members are as follows:

David Farca, of Scottsdale, is president of ToH Design Studio. Farca was born and raised in Mexico City. He earned a degree in biomedical engineering from Universidad Iberoamericana, a degree in medical imaging infrastructure from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a master’s in business administration from Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México. Farca built a medical imaging business in Mexico that grew into one of the industry’s largest government suppliers. In 2000, he sold the business and moved to Scottsdale, where he and his wife, Mavi, opened ToH Design Studio.

Michael Hecomovich, of Scottsdale, is the founder and chairman/CEO, Global Marketing Services. Hecomovich earned a bacheolor’s degree in engineering from the United States Naval Academy and a master’s in business administration from the Thunderbird School of Global Management. He has more than 30 years of experience in general management, sales, marketing and business development for a wide range of organizations—from Fortune 100 companies to small start-up ventures.

William R. Metzler, of Scottsdale, is the co-founder and principal of West Coast Capital Partners. Metzler received bachelor’s degrees with honors in accounting and real estate finance from the University of Arizona. He is a senior with the American Society of Appraisers and a certified public accountant. He has previously served as the managing director of New York-based ING’s Investment Banking Unit and Ernst & Young’s Real Estate Advisory Group.

BNF board officers are as follows: Chair—Michael Haenel, Phoenix, executive vice president, Cassidy Turley BRE Commercial Industrial Services Group; Vice Chair—Dan Pierce, Phoenix, president, Kitchell; Treasurer—Karen C. McConnell, Phoenix, partner, Ballard Spahr LLP; and Secretary—Michael R. King, Phoenix, founding partner, Gammage & Burnham.

St. Joseph’s Foundation and Barrow Neurological Foundation are nonprofit support foundations dedicated to raising funds for St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center and Barrow Neurological Institute in Phoenix. Each foundation is governed by a board of directors made up of community leaders who serve on a voluntary basis. More information is available at SupportStJosephs.org, SupportBarrow.org or at the Foundations of St. Joseph’s on Facebook.

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‘Get Your Jersey On’ funds TGen concussion study

Kyrene de las Brisas Elementary School students and teachers will wear their favorite sports team jersey or t-shirt to class today, the first organization to participate in “Get Your Jersey On,” a fun way to help promote and fund concussion research at the Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen).

The Chandler school is the first of what is expected to be many organizations this fall that will help fund TGen’s collaboration with the Arizona State University Sun Devil football team to help find new ways to protect athletes from serious injuries caused by head trauma.

“Our school is just a few miles south of ASU, and what better — and fun — way to show our support for the teams and athletes than to help fund a program that will ultimately help protect their health. Concussions affect not just athletes, but people of all ages. We are proud to partner with TGen to help raise the awareness of this important research,” said Dino Katsiris, Assistant Principal at Kyrene de las Brisas Elementary School.

Teachers and parents of students participating in “Get Your Jersey On” are encouraged to make small donations of $5 or $10 to TGen. If you would like your organization to participate, contact Dean Ballard, Assistant Director of Development for the non-profit TGen Foundation, at dballard@tgen.org, or 602-343-8543.

Student-athletes at ASU wear football helmets made by Riddell, a leader is sports helmet technology, with sensors that record the number, direction and intensity of impacts during games and practices.

TGen researchers, working with Barrow Neurological Institute and A.T. Still University, are attempting to connect data about the helmet impacts with biological changes that could be detected in the players’ blood, urine or saliva samples.

The goal is to discover a biomarker — some change in the student-athlete’s genetic makeup — that would objectively indicate when they are too injured to continue playing, and when they are fit enough to return to the game.

Representatives from the Sun Devil medical team and TGen will collect the molecular samples from the participating athletes, all of whom volunteered to partake in the study.

“It is so exciting to have the children of Kyrene de las Brisas Elementary School join us in this important work,” said Michael Bassoff, President of the TGen Foundation. “We welcome the participation of Brisas Elementary School and other businesses and organizations who want to turn their love of sports into a way to help protect the athletes they admire.”

For more information about the TGen-led concussion study, please visit tgen.org.

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ASU, TGen Team Up for Concussion Research

Riddell, the leader in football helmet technology and innovation, and the Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen), a leader in cutting-edge genomic research, today announced that the Pac-12’s Arizona State University and its Sun Devil football program will again participate in a genetic research study designed to advance athlete concussion detection and treatment.

Now in its second year, the joint research project will combine molecular information and head impact data from Sun Devil football student-athletes to identify whether the effects of sub-concussive hits are identifiable. The researchers will monitor the players’ changing molecular information throughout a season of typical head impact exposure associated with football practice and games. Representatives from the Sun Devil medical team and TGen will collect the molecular samples from the participating athletes, all of whom volunteered to partake in the study.

“This partnership represents another dynamic and innovative step toward ensuring that the health and well-being of our student-athletes remains our most important goal,” Vice President for Arizona State University Athletics Ray Anderson said. “Sun Devil Athletics continues to serve as a pioneering force in this important issue and is proud to participate in this world-class research study for the second consecutive year with two outstanding industry trendsetters in Riddell and TGen.”

Arizona State’s preferred helmet and protective equipment provider, Riddell, has again deployed its Sideline Response System (SRS) to obtain real-time head impact data from Arizona State football student-athletes. Riddell SRS provides researchers with a wide range of valuable information on the frequency and severity of head impacts a player receives during games and practices. Data gathered from the system will be combined with genetic information from players that experience concussion, with the objective of helping physicians diagnose concussion and better identify when a player might be expected to recover and return to the field.

“Player protection has become an essential part of football, and this cutting-edge partnership sets ASU apart from not only the rest of the conference, but every collegiate football program in the nation,” ASU Head Coach Todd Graham said. “We are not only looking out for our student-athletes while they are enrolled at ASU, but for the rest of their lives. You become a part of the brotherhood once you put on the maroon and gold, and that doesn’t end at graduation.”

Riddell will also utilize the player head impact data collected from the ASU and TGen research partnership to inform the development of new football helmets and further refine updates to smart helmet technologies like Riddell SRS and its recently launched Riddell InSite Impact Response System.

“We’re impressed by the enthusiasm exhibited by our partners, Arizona State University and TGen, as we enter the second season of our important research collaboration,” President of Riddell Dan Arment said. “They have matched our level of passion for football, and we are all committed to better protecting those that play the sport we love. We are left encouraged following the first year of our project and look forward to continuing on the path towards advancing concussion detection and treatment of athletes.”

The researchers at TGen are exploring whether the effects of sub-concussive hits are identifiable through blood-based molecular information. Their findings could prove pivotal to the game of football and other sports. Similar to last season, during this phase of the study the TGen faculty and staff are on the sidelines collecting samples and data. A baseline sample was collected from all participating players prior to their pre-season workouts. Since then, the researchers have followed the team through their daily workouts and will continue throughout the season.

Through the collection of samples over various points in time and the data generated by Riddell SRS, the goal is to identify the genomic changes in athletes exposed to routine head impacts during practice and games, athletes with diagnosed concussions that recover on both a routine time scale, and athletes with persistent symptoms following concussion that require additional treatment.

“As the mother of a young son who has played football, I’m keenly aware of the need to improve the current standards in place today for dealing with this issue,” said TGen Associate Professor Dr. Kendall Van Keuren-Jensen, whose technique for studying the collected samples drives this unique partnership. “As a researcher whose daily work looks for ways to determine the early warning signs of head injury, I get to see first hand how committed Arizona State University and Riddell are to student-athlete safety, and their determination to improve the game at all levels.”

Following the season long campaign, the researchers will gather post-season data and begin the analysis process with their colleagues at Barrow Neurological Institute and A.T. Still University. During this process, TGen will work closely with Barrow, whose B.R.A.I.N.S. (Barrow Resource for Acquired Injury to the Nervous System) program treats patients who have sustained a traumatic brain or spinal cord injury. The Barrow data will provide the researchers with additional concussion data and allow for comparison between data sets.

Former TV news anchor Tara Hitchcock introduces her stepson, Dylan, a Barrow patient who received treatment for a brain tumor.

Lou Grubb Friends Fore Golf scores record donations

As a longtime volunteer organizer of the Lou Grubb Friends Fore Golf, Roger Maxwell declared this year’s event, May 1-2, the most successful tournament ever, having raised approximately $500,000 to benefit Barrow Neurological Institute and St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center in Phoenix.

“We are thankful for the support of our sponsors and everyone who have given so generously to this important cause,” said Maxwell. “Lou would have been proud.”

Maxwell, a golf professional of more than 40 years, was a friend of Grubb, a well-known and revered businessman who started the tournament in 1973 to raise money for charity. After suffering a ruptured aneurysm while golfing in 1986, Grubb underwent successful surgery at Barrow, prompting him to name the institute as beneficiary of tournament proceeds. To date, more than $5 million has been donated to Barrow on behalf of the Lou Grubb Friends Fore Golf.

Approximately 450 guests attended the 2014 opening ceremony—featuring cocktails, casino-like gambling, an elegant dinner and a lively auction—at the Scottsdale Plaza Resort, May 1. The following day, 240-plus golfers headed out for a friendly, competitive round of golf at McCormick Ranch Golf Club, also in Scottsdale.

The event would not be possible without the organizational efforts of its volunteer committee: Greg Anderson, Scottie Button (chair), Hamilton Espinosa, Booker T. Evans, William Hunt, Stuart Kirk, Roger Maxwell, Larry Mayhew, Mike Medici, Loui Olivas, Jorge Quintero, Tom Reahard, Lee Rosenthal, Saundra Schrock, Dennis Scully, Joanne Springrose and Jerry D. Worsham II.

Also behind the scenes, working to make this year’s tournament better than ever, was the recently formed Lou Grubb Friends Fore Golf “Futures” Committee, including Nick and Julie Bartolo, Melissa and Tyler Button, Claire Cunningham, Natalie Grimberg, Jennifer Hoffman, Elissa Iatridis, Erik Jensen, Brian Kirk, Elizabeth Oviedo, Rebecca Pepple, Jake Thomas, Brandon Wallraff and Lindsi M. Weber.

THANKS TO THIS YEAR’S SPONSORS!
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Cathy and Tom Reahard
CBIZ *
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Clark Hill
Dan and Kathy Grubb
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Julie and Mitch Pierce
Kathy and Dan Grubb *
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Leslie and Donald Budinger
McCormick Ranch Golf Club
Mayer Hoffman McCann
Merrill Lynch
MGA Home Healthcare
MidFirst Private Bank
Nancy and Robert Spetzler
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Peg and Bob Wolf
Polsinelli
QCM Technologies
Randy and Ken Kendrick
Ridenour, Hienton & Lewis
Sandra and Larry Mayhew *
Saundra and Jeff Schrock
Scottie and Alan Button
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Springrose Family
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York Capital Management
Young’s Market Company
* Major sponsors

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Fight Night Auction Includes Trip to Space

Celebrity Fight Night, one of the nation’s most impactful charity events, with XCOR Aerospace, announced today a new space flight experience onboard the XCOR® Lynx® to be auctioned off live, Saturday, April 12 at Celebrity Fight Night XX. This package, along with other items up for auction that night, will help raise money for charity at the milestone 20th anniversary Celebrity Fight Night event at the JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa in Phoenix.

This exclusive package includes space flight training at Air Combat USA of Fullerton, California, a space suit fitting and an actual space flight experience onboard the XCOR Lynx, a two-seat spacecraft. XCOR Chief Test Pilot and former NASA Space Shuttle Commander Colonel Rick Searfoss will then pilot two separate missions onboard Lynx, one with the auction winner and one with John Corbett, to the edge of space.

The package also includes a pre-flight physical exam as part of the auction winner’s training, a video of the training day experience, a demonstration of a Lynx launch, two first class tickets to Los Angeles and deluxe hotel accommodations.

The XCOR Lynx flight will depart from a runway at the Mojave Air and Space Port north of Los Angeles, rocketing up to 200,000 feet in five minutes to suborbital space. Lynx will then go through several minutes of weightlessness and gently glide home, for a total time of about 35 minutes of flight.

Actor and country musician John Corbett is well-known for his role as Seth Holt in NBC’s hit dramedy Parenthood, and his self-titled debut country album, which climbed to number 42 on Billboard’s Country Albums chart.

“As an artist, I never for a second dreamed that I could make a living making music. And as a child who was inspired by the Apollo program, I would never have dreamed that the experience of space would be so close at hand–until Celebrity Fight Night connected me with XCOR. To be standing at the threshold of an actual space flight is almost more than I can imagine.”

Colonel Searfoss is both XCOR’s Chief Test Pilot and one of only 100 individuals to actually have commanded a Space Shuttle mission (STS-90). Over his career he has logged 939 hours in space, with 6,000 hours flying more than 79 types of aircraft.

Colonel Searfoss stated that XCOR Lynx is “all of the experiences I had flying the Shuttle, all those phases of flight: the boost, the weightlessness.” But the best part, he added, “is the fact that you’re up in a pilot seat, with me, as opposed to being in the back like a passenger on an airliner. It’s really a ‘Right Stuff’ experience. And I couldn’t be more excited to share the opportunity for this experience with John and Celebrity Fight Night.”

Celebrity Fight Night executive director Sean Currie added that CFN, “now in its twentieth year, could not be more excited to offer this once-in-a-lifetime package with XCOR and Colonel Searfoss. This is truly the experience of a lifetime and we are honored that John Corbett is the explorer who will take part in that journey.”

“Because XCOR Lynx is what Commander Searfoss calls a ‘Right Stuff’ experience, it is important to us to work with a celebrity who is not only moved by the idea of a Lynx flight, but also truly gets the vision of space exploration,” said XCOR representative Greg Claxton. “And all of this could not be for a better cause.”

Celebrity Fight Night’s luxury live auction items are one of the most anticipated aspects of the action-packed evening. The coveted auction items are once-in-a-lifetime experiences that cannot be bought or found elsewhere. The items often go for hundreds of thousands of dollars, helping Celebrity Fight Night contribute a significant amount of dollars to the Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center at Barrow Neurological Institute and other charities. Other auction items and packages previously announced include: dinner with Billy Crystal and Robert De Niro; dinner with Reba McEntire in her Beverly Hills home; backstage dinner with Michael Bublé, a summer weekend with the Kennedys in Cape Cod; an all-inclusive getaway at a private lodge in British Columbia; a west coast trip on the Patron Tequila Express 1927 Vintage Rail Car; a four night stay with Richard Branson on his private British Virgin Islands Necker Island, for a Leadership Gathering, and more.

Joining Muhammad Ali for this special anniversary milestone will be memorable performances from Michael Bublé, The Band Perry and Kenny Rogers. During the gala, Bublé, entertainment icon Robert De Niro as well as philanthropist John Paul DeJoria will be honored with Muhammad Ali Celebrity Fight Night Awards. Billy Crystal will make a special introduction for De Niro; and Bobby Kennedy, Jr. will introduce DeJoria.

Over the past 19 years, Celebrity Fight Night has raised $87 million for the Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center and other charities.

Individual tickets range from $1,500 to $10,000 each and tables of 10 are priced from $15,000 to $100,000 each. For reservations, please call (602) 956-1121.

Celebrity Fight Night XX sponsors include USA Today Sports, Patrón, GoDaddy, PRO EM, XCOR Aerospace, ETIHAD Airlines and M Group Scenic Studios.

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PCH, Barrow and TGen earn NIH grant

Under a new grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Phoenix Children’s Hospital, Barrow Neurological Institute and the Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen) are studying the role of extracellular RNA (exRNA) as biomarkers in hemorrhagic brain injuries.

The study is being funded by a $4 million grant that is part of an international effort to determine the roles of exRNA in multiple biological processes.

The Phoenix Children’s group will focus on the evaluation of intraventricular hemorrhage (IVH) in newborns, a form of bleeding in the brain that affects approximately 12,000 premature babies in the U.S. every year. Perinatal IVH is commonly associated with the development of cerebral palsy and hydrocephalous. It’s unclear, however, how hydrocephalous develops and how IVH impacts the potential for developing cerebral palsy.

This study is aimed to identify the modulating effects of exRNA on these processes and if so, to develop a testing mechanism to help clinicians identify children who are at increased risk. The development of a prognostic tool would guide doctors to more effective and less invasive treatments.

Investigators at Barrow Neurological Institute at St. Joseph’s Hospital are evaluating a similar model in adults. They are evaluating the role of exRNA in the development of vasospasm following hemorrhagic stroke.

For a video explanation of exRNA, check out this video.

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Buble, De Niro and More at Celebrity Fight Night

Celebrity Fight Night, one of the nation’s most impactful charity events held each year in honor of featured guest Muhammad Ali, will mark its 20th anniversary on Saturday, April 12 at JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa in Phoenix.

Joining Ali for this special milestone will be memorable performances from Michael Bublé, The Band Perry and Kenny Rogers. A significant beneficiary of Celebrity Fight Night is the Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center at Barrow Neurological Institute, offering the most comprehensive Parkinson’s Center in the country.

International superstar Michael Bublé has won four Grammy Awards and multiple Juno Awards.  With four No.1 albums on the Billboard 200 topping the charts for five weeks, he has become an international favorite. Additionally, guests will have the chance to bid on a live auction package to enjoy a private dinner with Bublé.

The legendary Kenny Rogers, a Country Music Hall of Fame member, has sold more than 100 million records worldwide. He has been voted “Favorite Singer of All Time” by USA Today and People. Rogers was the first musical performer ever at Celebrity Fight Night in 1996.

Joining Bublé and Rogers on the stage will be a high energy performance from Grammy®-Award winning country music group, The Band Perry; along with other surprise guests.

“We’re honored to have these stars join us for this special 20th anniversary of Celebrity Fight Night,” said Jimmy Walker, founder of Celebrity Fight Night and close friend of Ali. “Over the years, so many memorable moments have occurred and we look forward to what April 12th brings.”

During the gala, Bublé, entertainment icon Robert De Niro as well as philanthropist John Paul DeJoria will be honored with Muhammad Ali Celebrity Fight Night Awards. Billy Crystal will make a special introduction for De Niro; and Bobby Kennedy, Jr. will introduce DeJoria. These awards acknowledge leaders in the sports, business or entertainment community who have achieved extraordinary accomplishments and have been instrumental in giving back to charity – key attributes Ali has long been known for.

Celebrity Fight Night premiered in the Valley in 1994 when local celebrities donned oversized boxing gloves for a comedic fight in the ring before 400 attendees. Today, more than 1,200 guests attend the event to accompany Muhammad Ali and other A-List celebrities. Celebrity Fight Night no longer features celebrity boxing, but by attending the event and bidding on live and silent auction items, each guest does their part to join Ali in winning the fight for charities.

“There are so many amazing moments that have taken place over the years,” said Sean Currie, executive director of Celebrity Fight Night. “One of my favorite memories was when Jim Carrey and Robin Williams did an impromptu comedic performance from their seats before the beginning of the show eight years ago. Of course who can forget when 300 women in the audience joined Kelly Clarkson during her closing song onstage; or the live auction package featuring dinner and concert with Andrea Bocelli in Tuscany that sold for $1.4 million. We look forward to a successful night of fundraising and more once-in-a-lifetime memories.”

Grammy® Award-winning leading lady of country music, Reba McEntire will also join featured guest Muhammad Ali at the star-studded gala. McEntire will return as the evening’s emcee for her ninth consecutive year. Also returning will be 16-time Grammy® Award-winning songwriter and producer, David Foster who will serve as Musical Director for his 15th year.

Over the past 19 years, Celebrity Fight Night has raised $87 million for the Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center and other charities. At the personal request of Andrea Bocelli, Celebrity Fight Night is expanding globally. September 2014 will mark the first time the event will take place outside of Phoenix in Florence, Italy.

Celebrities and professional athletes from around the U.S. join Muhammad Ali each year in Phoenix for this celebrity-filled night complete with live auction items and musical performances by many of today’s brightest stars. Previous guests have included Andrea Bocelli, Jennifer Lopez, Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Billy Crystal, Kevin Costner, Garth Brooks, Matchbox Twenty, Kelly Clarkson, Jon Bon Jovi, Robin Williams, Rascal Flatts, Jim Carrey, Larry King, Donald Trump, Celine Dion, Faith Hill, Randy Jackson, Sharon Stone, Lionel Richie, Bo Derek, Rod Stewart, Michael Bublé, Josh Groban, John Mellencamp, Chris Tucker, Forest Whitaker, Arnold Schwarzenegger and many more.

Individual tickets range from $1,500 to $10,000 each and tables of 10 are priced from $15,000 to $100,000 each. For reservations, please call (602) 956-1121.

Celebrity Fight Night XX sponsors include USA Today Sports, Patrón, GoDaddy, PRO EM, and M Group Scenic Studios.

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TGen-Barrow-PCH study brain injuries

In an effort to lower medical costs, identify patients at risk for injury, and speed patient recovery, scientists will attempt to identify a molecular signal that indicates severity of brain-injury during a $4 million, five-year federal grant to Barrow Neurological Institute at St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center, Phoenix Children’s Hospital and the Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen).

The molecular profile — comprised of RNA, the body’s relay messenger between DNA and protein — could help identify which patients are most at risk for vasospasm after hemorrhagic stroke.  Hemorrhagic stroke can occur as:

•    Subarachnoid hemorrhage, or the bleeding into the area between the brain and a thin membrane that covers it.
•    Ruptured brain aneurysm, which is an abnormal bulge or ballooning in the wall of an artery within the brain.

By identifying this RNA molecular marker, a new standard of individualized care could be established, enabling medical teams to respond more rapidly to quickly changing health conditions, and allowing earlier intervention to prevent a secondary injury from occurring.

“We hope this study will lead to less injury, less testing and cost, and shorter stays in the hospital,” said Dr. Yashar Kalani, M.D. and Ph.D., a resident physician in Neurological Surgery and assistant professor at the Barrow Neurological Institute and one of the study’s principal investigators. Additional investigators at Barrow include Drs. Robert Spetzler, Peter Nakaji, Felipe Albuquerque and Cameron McDougall.

Vasospasms are characterized by bleeding in the brain that causes irritation and nearby blood vessels to spasm and narrow. This decreases blood flow to the brain, which can result in damage or even death to parts of the brain.

Only about half of patients with brain-aneurysm ruptures survive, and those who do survive often are severely disabled for life. In the 10 days following such ruptures, blood vessels can narrow, leading to loss of oxygen, strokes and brain damage.

“If we knew what is happening during this period, we might be able to intervene and prevent the secondary injury,” Dr. Kalani said.

Barrow will provide patient care and collect blood and spinal fluid samples that will be analyzed by TGen. A recent TGen study showed spinal fluid could be sequenced for RNA biomarkers. Samples will be checked daily to compare and identify changes.

Another part of the study will be conducted at Barrow’s partnership with Phoenix Children’s Hospital, where researchers will investigate the effects of intraventricular hemorrhage — another form of bleeding in the brain — in newborn babies. Intraventricular hemorrhage in newborns occurs secondary to diminished blood flow and oxygen delivery to the brain. Intraventricular hemorrhage is associated with the development of hydrocephalus and damage to the brain that can result in cerebral palsy or other types of motor and cognitive delays.

“This study will get us one step closer to learning what is unique in pediatric stroke so we can provide the best quality care and improve the long term outcomes for these children,” said Dr. P. David Adelson, one of the principal investigators of the study at Barrow Neurological Institute at Phoenix Children’s Hospital.

“In addition, as this study progresses, we want to know how to identify children at risk, and how they differ from adults with similar conditions, this will not only help us to be more accurate at providing current treatments but to develop new ones.” said Dr. Jorge Arango, an investigator affiliated with Barrow Neurological Institute at Phoenix Children’s Hospital and with the University of Arizona College of Medicine-Phoenix.

In the study of both adults and children, TGen researchers will use state-of-the-art sequencing — to analyze RNA transcripts, searching for biomarkers that could identify at-risk patients.

RNAs are cell molecules made from DNA that help create proteins.

“There has been an explosion over the last several years in our understanding of the functional and regulatory mechanisms modulated by RNA” said Dr. Kendall Van Keuren-Jensen, Ph.D., an Assistant Professor in TGen’s Neurogenomics Division and also a principal investigator in the study funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

“We are very excited about the potential for extracellular RNAs to provide us with accessible information about the mechanism of disease, and in doing so, provide us with pre-symptomatic markers of disease,” said Dr. Matt Huentelman, Ph.D., an Associate Professor in TGen’s Neurogenomics Division and also a principal investigator on the project. “In the best-case scenario, these markers can be coupled with an improved clinical management of the disease, too. In a nutshell, that is what we are exploring under this new grant award.”

This type of study is now possible because of continuing improvements in optics and computer speed that enables TGen’s cutting-edge technology to sequence at ever-faster rates and at ever-lower costs. While it took 13 years and $2.7 billion to spell out the first human genome, such sequencing can now be done in a matter of days and for less than $5,000.

Additional partners in the study include: University of California, San Francisco; and Stanford University.

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ASU student ‘brains’ behind concussion tutorial

For decades, the devastating effects of repeated concussions on the health of professional athletes was a well-kept secret – until it exploded into a national controversy. As investigative journalists reported scientific evidence of the long-term impact of head injuries on NFL players, the focus soon shifted to high school athletes. How could we protect their health and safety?

Arizona was an early adopter of protection for high school athletes. In 2011, the state legislature passed a law requiring coaches to remove high school athletes from play if they even so much as suspect a concussion. The law requires that the athlete must obtain written clearance from a medical professional, like a physician or athletic trainer, in order to return to the sport.

State legislators also called for preventive measures that would make it mandatory for high school coaches, students and parents to complete concussion-education programs. To comply with the law, the Arizona Interscholastic Association deemed that every high school athlete in the state must complete Barrow Brainbook. This interactive, online training was developed in part by Barrow Neurological Institute at St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center in Phoenix.

But the real brains behind Barrow Brainbook belong to Arizona State University educational technology doctoral student Robert Christopherson.

“Over 180,000 high school athletes in the State of Arizona have benefitted from the knowledge of Robert Christopherson,” said Dr. Javier Cárdenas, neurologist and brain injury expert who is director of St. Joseph’s B.R.A.I.N.S. Clinic. “Robert’s expertise in educational technology is the primary reason Barrow Brainbook has not only successfully taught high school athletes about concussion dangers, but has become the most successful concussion education program in the country.”

When he began his research, Christopherson noticed immediately that most available concussion education programs targeted coaches and parents, but few addressed the athletes themselves. From the start, he said the directive from Cárdenas was empowering youth to assess the situation and be part of the decision-making process. Today, Barrow Brainbook remains the only concussion education program in the nation directed at high school athletes.

To engage the young athletes, Christopherson considered social media for two reasons. First, research showed that student behavior online and in classrooms was becoming increasingly similar. Second, it was important to deliver concussion instruction close to where the head injuries happen. Teaching the athletes on the football field was not an option, so the researcher had to come up with an equally effective venue.

“So we decided to make a pseudo-Facebook,” he explained. “We created an environment that looks like Facebook, has a lot of the same social network interactions and includes characters that represent those people who influence the athletes most – peers, role models including NFL players and college athletes, and doctors.”

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Adrienne Scheck, Ph.D – 50 Most Influential Women in Arizona Business

Adrienne Scheck, Ph.D – Principal investigator, Barrow Neurological Institute

In 2012, Scheck and her research team effectively treated malignant gliomas, an aggressive and deadly brain tumor, using a combination of metabolic alteration (through diet) and radiation therapy. This research is moving into clinical trials and has the potential to help treat other cancers.

Surprising fact: “As a postdoc, I bought a 28-foot sailboat. In 1986, we sailed from Chesapeake Bay to Long Island Sound and I became the first female member of Neptune Boat Club, which was established in 1963.”

Biggest challenge: “Being taken seriously as an independent scientist. I overcame it by starting innovative research projects and collaborations with colleagues. My hard work and results got noticed.”

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TGen and Riddell Announce Partnership

Head protection plays a vital role in the health and safety of any athlete participating in helmeted sports.  In a move that could help revolutionize football player safety, the Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen), and Easton-Bell Sports through its Riddell brand, announced today it would work together on a study designed to advance athlete concussion detection and treatment.  Information gathered through the study will also be used to develop new football headgear and further refine updates to player monitoring technology.

“TGen welcomes this remarkable opportunity to join Riddell in a major research study with the goal of helping to objectively monitor a player on the field (with microelectronics combined with nucleic acid sequencing),” said Dr. Jeffrey Trent, TGen President and Research Director. “TGen’s work over the past several years in the area of head trauma is accelerating new insights to the critical study of concussion injury.”

The genesis of this potentially groundbreaking study is to merge a player’s genetic information with real-time microelectronic information captured by Riddell’s Sideline Response System (SRS). A highly sophisticated, data-intensive system, Riddell SRS provides researchers, athletic staff and players with a wide range of valuable information on the number and severity of head impacts a player receives during games and practices.  Employed since 2003 by several well-respected research institutions, Riddell SRS has captured 1.8 million impacts from youth to elite football competition, and its data has led to impactful changes to rules, how the game is played and coached, and has informed new helmet designs.

“As the industry leader in football head protection, Riddell has the unique opportunity to advance TGen’s groundbreaking medical research into the brain as we work together towards identifying a way to accurately and quickly diagnose concussions in football players,” said Dan Arment, President of Riddell. “With Riddell’s commitment to player protection and history of innovation, we are hopeful that our collaboration with TGen will help us better protect athletes and lead us to meaningful advancements in helmet technology that move the game of football forward.”

A key question the study seeks to answer is: are the effects of sub-concussive hits identifiable through blood-based molecular information? “Based on our current information, we believe this study will have the unique ability to provide a molecular ‘risk’ and ‘recovery’ score, enabling physicians to better identify when a player might be expected to recover from the effects of the concussion and get back on the field,” said Dr. Kendall Van Keuren-Jensen, TGen Assistant Professor, whose technique for studying molecular information at a micro level will drive the research.

While the joint study will begin with football, the Riddell-TGen partnership has the potential to improve sports equipment manufactured by brands in the broader Easton-Bell Sports portfolio, including headgear for hockey, baseball, cycling, snowsports, and powersports. “As the awareness of head injury grows across all sports, supporting science like this will help us offer a more protective helmet solution to the athlete,” said Arment.

Local Institutes and Advocate to Join Study

As part of the study, TGen will work with the Barrow Neurological Institute whose B.R.A.I.N.S. (Barrow Resource for Acquired Injury to the Nervous System) program treats patients who have sustained a traumatic brain or spinal cord injury.

“Combining our neurological expertise and the information from our B.R.A.I.N.S. program, with TGen’s genomic knowledge and Riddell’s helmet technology, will provide great insight into how we measure concussions and how they affect the human brain,” said Dr. Javier Cárdenas, a neurologist and brain injury expert with Barrow Neurological Institute. “The genomic data could aid in the treatment process and will greatly add to the growing body of knowledge we’re acquiring about head injury patients.”

Joining Barrow will be athletic trainers from A.T. Still University and SAFE Football, which teaches alternative game-play techniques that reduce the number of head impacts while increasing competitiveness.

“Our partnerships with Barrow Neurological Institute, A.T. Still University, and Safe Football provide a multifaceted approach to identifying athletes in need of medical attention, to educating athletes on concussion and brain injury, to reducing the risk of injury through development of better techniques, and to improving treatment outcomes,” said Dr. Matt Huentelman, TGen Associate Professor and a co-investigator on the study.

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$1 Million Prize Awarded in Health & Wealth Raffle

The Health & Wealth Raffle, benefiting Barrow & St. Joseph’s, awarded a total of $1,360,000 in Grand Prizes to three lucky Arizonans. Sedona resident Dawn Lay won $1 million on Monday, April 30, at a grand prize unveiling at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Phoenix.

“My boss told me that astrologically, something life-changing was coming for me—and obviously she knew—here it is, winning $1 million,” said Dawn Lay, Sedona resident. “The first thing I’m going to do is travel around the world, I’ve already scheduled a six-week trip to Europe for the summer and I had no idea how I was going to pay for it, it was all being charged to a credit card. Now I can stay at a bed and breakfast, instead of youth hostels, and enjoy the amazing food Europe offers, not the granola bars I was planning on bringing with me to save on costs.”

In addition to the Grand Prize winners, more than 2,000 prizes were awarded in this spring’s Raffle. Funds raised help support research, education and patient care at Barrow Neurological Institute and St. Joseph’s Hospital. Over the past 10 years, the Raffle has contributed more than $50 million to the amazing work done at Barrow and St. Joseph’s.
One of Arizona’s largest fundraisers, the Raffle is a unique gaming fundraiser that provides a fun way for Arizona residents to support Barrow & St. Joseph’s while getting a chance to win spectacular prizes. Since the Raffle began in 2003, more than 124,000 prizes have been awarded to Raffle participants including 27 homes, 433 trips, 467 vehicles and more than $15 million cash. For a complete list of prize winners, visit www.healthwealthraffle.org.

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$1 Million Prize Awarded in Health & Wealth Raffle

The Health & Wealth Raffle, benefiting Barrow & St. Joseph’s, awarded a total of $1,360,000 in Grand Prizes to three lucky Arizonans. Sedona resident Dawn Lay won $1 million on Monday, April 30, at a grand prize unveiling at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Phoenix.

“My boss told me that astrologically, something life-changing was coming for me—and obviously she knew—here it is, winning $1 million,” said Dawn Lay, Sedona resident. “The first thing I’m going to do is travel around the world, I’ve already scheduled a six-week trip to Europe for the summer and I had no idea how I was going to pay for it, it was all being charged to a credit card. Now I can stay at a bed and breakfast, instead of youth hostels, and enjoy the amazing food Europe offers, not the granola bars I was planning on bringing with me to save on costs.”

In addition to the Grand Prize winners, more than 2,000 prizes were awarded in this spring’s Raffle. Funds raised help support research, education and patient care at Barrow Neurological Institute and St. Joseph’s Hospital. Over the past 10 years, the Raffle has contributed more than $50 million to the amazing work done at Barrow and St. Joseph’s.
One of Arizona’s largest fundraisers, the Raffle is a unique gaming fundraiser that provides a fun way for Arizona residents to support Barrow & St. Joseph’s while getting a chance to win spectacular prizes. Since the Raffle began in 2003, more than 124,000 prizes have been awarded to Raffle participants including 27 homes, 433 trips, 467 vehicles and more than $15 million cash. For a complete list of prize winners, visit www.healthwealthraffle.org.

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Celebrity Fight Night raises $7.2 million

On Saturday, March 23, 2013 stars and athletes from around the country converged on the J.W. Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa in Phoenix, Arizona for Muhammad Ali’s Celebrity Fight Night XIX. The evening opened with the singing of the National Anthem by the Phoenix Boys Choir in which a rare Bald Eagle was released into the room. GRAMMY Award winning leading lady of country music Reba McEntirereturned for her eighth year as emcee, kicking off the night by introducing a special performance by Steve Martin & The Steep Canyon Rangers. With Muhammad Ali on stage, international superstar Jennifer Lopez, actor and musician Steve Martin, and philanthropist and owner of the Washington Companies Dennis Washington, were honored with the 2013 Muhammad Ali Celebrity Fight Night Awards. The awards portion of the evening concluded with a special video tribute to Muhammad and Lonnie Ali from legendary musician Paul McCartney.

Following the awards guests were treated to a host of performances under the direction of the multiple GRAMMY® Award-winning songwriter and producer David Foster, who returned for his 14th consecutive year as the evening’s Musical Director. Performers included Billy Ray Cyrus who sang “Hillbilly Heart,” “Achy Breaky Heart,” and “Johnny B. Goode,” along with American Idol finalist Haley Reinhart who sang her rendition of “Bennie and The Jets.” Actress and musician Rita Wilson returned to the Celebrity Fight Night stage to perform “Personally,” followed by the winner of The X Factor, Tate Stevens, who sang “I Got This,” and “Power of a Love Song” for the crowd. Andrea Bocelli gave an unforgettable performance including songs “Ave Maria,” “Funiculì, Funiculà,” Elvis Presley’s “Love Me Tender,” “O sole mio,” “Con Te Partirò,” and a special duet of “Quizás Quizás Quizás” with Jennifer Lopez, marking the first time the duo have ever performed together. Jennifer Lopez closed out the evening with incredible performances of “Get Right,” “Love Don’t Cost a Thing,” “Club Tropicana,” “Let’s Get Loud” and “On the Floor.”

The black tie event also featured cocktails, a silent auction, an elegant dinner and an exciting live auction featuring one-of-a-kind luxury items. The live auction featured a dinner with Reba McEntire at her Beverly Hills, CA home, with special guests Tom Hanks, Rita Wilson and David Foster, which went for a total of $800,000 – two bidders paying $400,000 each. Tom Hanks also threw in two tickets to his upcoming Broadway show “Lucky Guy” plus a backstage meet and greet via phone to seal the bids. Also included in the auction was a week long trip to Tuscany plus a special VIP performance by Andrea Bocelli followed by a private dinner with the musician himself, which sold for $550,000. Celebrity Fight Night XIX raised a total of $7.2 million benefiting the Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center at Barrow Neurological Institute in Phoenix, as well as numerous other charities. Each year dozens of celebrity guests attend the event that has raised $87 million dollars in 19 years.

Additional celebrity guests included Billy Crystal, Yank Barry, Jerry Colangelo, Bo Derek, Keith Harkin, Evander Holyfield, Mannie Jackson, Michael Johns, Nancy Lieberman, Mario Lopez, Nick Lowery, Harvey Mackay, Joe Manganiello, Sam Moore, Frankie Muniz, Lute Olson, Chris Rich, Ralph Sampson, Kevin Sorbo, Verne Troyer, Kenny Williams and many more.

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Celebrity Fight Night Brings Stars to the Valley for a Night of Giving Back

Celebrity Fight Night brought high-profile names to the Valley on Saturday in support of the Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center (MAPC) and Movement Disorder Clinic at Barrow Neurological Institute.

Held at the JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort, stars and guests rallied around raising money for life-changing causes with Muhammad Ali as the guest of honor.

Red carpet names for the 2013 event included Reba McEntire, Billy Crystal, Steve Martin, Rita Wilson, Mario Lopez and Evander Holyfield, among others, with Jennifer Lopez as this year’s featured performer.

Before the night began, stars posed on the red carpet, mingled and signed some of the event’s auction items. Guests were able to bid on a dinner with Reba McEntire at her home in Beverly Hills, VIP concert tickets for Paul McCartney, dinner in Italy with Andrea Bocelli and other once-in-a-lifetime experiences.

Celebrity Fight Night has raised over $80 million in its last 18 years. In addition to MAPC, other benefiting organizations for the 2013 event included: Andrea Bocelli Foundation, Barrow Neurological Foundation, David Foster Foundation, First Things First Foundation, Jenesse Center, Muhammad Ali Center, Phoenix Children’s Hospital, Phoenix Symphony, Phoenix Theatre, Salvation Army, Solid Rock Foundation, St. Vincent de Paul, Starkey Hearing Foundation, Texoma Health Foundation.

**POST-EVENT UPDATE**

The 2013 Celebrity Fight Night raised a total of $7.2 million, bringing the 19-year total to $87 million. The night’s highlights included performances by Steve Martin, Billy Ray Cyrus, Haley Reinhart, Rita Wilson, Tate Stevens, Andrea Bocelli and Jennifer Lopez, with Reba McEntire as emcee. The auctioned dinner with Reba McEntire and special guests Tom Hanks, Rita Wilson and David Foster went to two bidders paying a total of $800,000.

Photos by Lillian Reid

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PCH opening Down Syndrome Clinic

Phoenix Children’s Hospital will announce the opening of Arizona’s first and only Down Syndrome Clinic at a press conference that will be held at the hospital between noon and 1 pm on Thursday, March 21. Patients, families and physicians will be available for interviews. A light lunch will be served.

Last year, 160 babies were born in Arizona with Down syndrome and more than 900 children with Down syndrome have been treated at Phoenix Children’s Hospital during one 5-year period. The new clinic will provide services in a clinic present on site three times a month, half day clinics. Specialties include: Developmental pediatrics, Genetics, PT, OT, Speech and a clinical coordinator.

Because of the complexity of the syndrome, other specialties could also be involved in the child’s care.  Some of the virtual team members will include: Cardiology, Hem/Onc, GI/Nutrition, Dental, Psychology, Ophthalmology, ENT, Surgery, Neurosurgery, Sleep Lab, Pulmonology, Immunology/Allergy, Neurology, Endocrinology and Psychiatry.

“The goal of the clinic is to provide multi-disciplinary evaluations and interventions for children with Down Syndrome from birth to 18 years within one center, so families spend less time pursuing services through multiple agencies and professionals; we want to become a one-stop-shop for families in Arizona,” said Dr. Robin Blitz, MD, FAAP, Director, Developmental Pediatrics, Barrow Neurological Institute at Phoenix Children’s Hospital.

 

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First Job: Sean Currie

Sean Currie is the executive director of Celebrity Fight Night, an annual gala that raises money for the Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center (MAPC) at Barrow Neurological Institute.

What was your first job?
I was a promotions ball boy for the Phoenix Pride, a Major Indoor Soccer League professional team. I was only 15 years old and my dad had to drive me to and from the games at Veterans Memorial Coliseum.

What did you learn from your first job?
I learned what it meant to be responsible and accountable for the way you present yourself to the public and to your employer. Be where you are supposed to be; when you are supposed to be there; and make a positive, lasting impression.

Do you remember the salary of your first job?
It is pretty easy to remember when your salary equals zero. For me, it was just a great opportunity to be in front of thousands of people having fun and creating smiles. It’s a lot of fun to run onto the field and have people begging you to throw a mini soccer ball to them.

What was your first job in your current industry?
My first job in the hospitality industry was a parking valet for a local valet company. After that, I worked as a valet and eventually a bellman at The Phoenician.

What lessons did you learn from those first jobs that still help you today?
I learned how to make every effort to exceed people’s expectations in everything I do. I have always prided myself on working for companies that strive for excellence in their service. That mindset has always stayed with me in my work ethic.

How did you end up working with Celebrity Fight Night?
I originally met the founder of Celebrity Fight Night when I was working at The Phoenician and I remember thinking he had an appealing job.  Coincidentally, a few years later when I was working in Deer Valley, Utah, I noticed he was looking for an unpaid intern. So, I left the highest paying job I had ever had to move back to Phoenix and work for no salary — full circle I guess. It worked out well, though, since I was the first employee ever hired by Celebrity Fight Night and have been the executive director for 15 years.

What accomplishment are you most proud of?
Although I’m proud to have nurtured meaningful relationships that go deeper than just a cordial hello, I must say it stirs up emotional joy within me to know we are improving numerous lives all the time with every dollar we raise.  I have led the charge on an annual event that people will always remember, while at the same time helping less fortunate people in need.

If you weren’t doing what you are doing now, what would you like to be doing?
I would probably like to be a tour guide exploring the world’s most interesting locales. But, since my favorite travel partners are my wife and four children, I suppose I would have to start my own family travel business.

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Dignity names new West Valley hospital

Dignity Health announced that “St. Joseph’s Westgate Medical Center” will be the name of its new West Valley hospital during an official groundbreaking at the planned 35-acre medical campus near the Loop 101 and Glendale Avenue.

The $44 million Dignity Health facility is scheduled to open in early 2014 and will provide West Valley residents with a new alternative to receive high quality healthcare services. Dignity Health already operates three hospitals in the Valley including St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center, which is home of the Barrow Neurological Institute in central Phoenix, and Chandler Regional and Mercy Gilbert Medical Centers. Dignity Health was previously known as Catholic Healthcare West.

When the new facility opens, the first phase will contain a 60,000 square-foot hospital that will include an emergency room, 24 inpatient beds, two operating rooms and diagnostic services. For the most complex medical cases, patients will benefit from the clinical integration with St. Joseph’s in central Phoenix. Established in 1895, St. Joseph’s today is nationally recognized for its specialty care and its expertise in treating the most complex medical cases.

“St. Joseph’s Westgate Medical Center was selected as the name of the medical campus because it builds on more than a century of healthcare in the Valley and people recognize St. Joseph’s as a beacon of quality care,” says Linda Hunt, Dignity Health Arizona President and CEO. “We intend to deliver that same excellence to the residents of the West Valley.”

The hospital will initially employ 200 staff and will have the capacity to expand to 200 inpatient beds as demand grows. The 35-acre medical campus will house community physicians and outpatient partners, giving patients one location for their healthcare needs.

“St. Joseph’s Westgate Medical Center will be a vibrant medical campus right in the heart of the West Valley,” says Gregg Davis, President of St. Joseph’s Westgate Medical Center. “The campus is designed to be a model for the nation’s changing healthcare environment and will change as medicine and the community evolve.”

The campus will serve as a collaborative venture in partnership with physicians in the West Valley to enhance and better manage the delivery of healthcare to patients in the area.

“This is a great project for the City of Glendale as the Loop 101 corridor near Glendale’s Sports and Entertainment District is one of the city’s key economic focus areas,” says Glendale Mayor Jerry Weiers. “The new hospital will not only expand development west of the freeway, it will also attract other healthcare-related businesses and jobs to the area.”

While this is the first Dignity Health hospital in the West Valley, the organization began to lay the business foundation of its launch several years ago. Today, Dignity Health operates a family practice clinic and an orthopedic clinic in Peoria, imaging centers throughout the area, an outpatient surgery center and a partnership with the Minute Clinics located in the CVS pharmacies in Glendale and Goodyear.

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J-Lo will Perform at Celebrity Fight Night

Celebrity Fight Night, one of the nation’s most significant charity events, announces that international superstar, Jennifer Lopez is scheduled to perform at Celebrity Fight Night XIX on Saturday, March 23 at JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa in Phoenix. The primary beneficiary is the Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center at Barrow Neurological Institute, which is the most comprehensive Parkinson’s Center in the country.

Lopez just wrapped her ‘Dance Again World Tour” performing to packed houses around the world.  The Golden Globe nominee will star opposite Jason Statham in a new film release, Parker, premiering Jan 25.   Music artist, entertainer, actress, film & TV producer, fashion designer, entrepreneur and humanitarian, Jennifer Lopez has been called one of the most powerful and celebrated celebrities in entertainment.   A portion of the proceeds from the charity event will go to the Lopez Family Foundation.  The organization is dedicated to improving the health and well-being of children and women around the world (www.LopezFamilyFoundation.org).

“We’re honored to have Jennifer Lopez give a special performance this year. Her generosity and humanitarian work align with the vision of Celebrity Fight Night and will inspire a successful night of fundraising for the Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center and other great causes,” said Jimmy Walker, founder and president of the Celebrity Fight Night Foundation.

During the gala, Muhammad Ali will honor Jennifer Lopez with a Celebrity Fight Night Award. The Muhammad Ali Celebrity Fight Night Awards acknowledge leaders in the sports, business or entertainment community who have achieved extraordinary accomplishments and have been instrumental in giving back to charity – key qualities associated with the Champ.

In addition to Jennifer Lopez’s performance, entertainment will include fellow Celebrity Fight Night Award honoree, Steve Martin and The Steep Canyon Rangers, and Billy Crystal, Billy Ray Cyrus, Rita Wilson and much more. Grammy® Award-winning leading lady of country music, Reba McEntire will join featured guest Muhammad Ali at the star-studded gala. McEntire will return as the evening’s emcee for her eighth consecutive year. Also returning will be 16-time Grammy® Award-winning songwriter and producer, David Foster who will serve as Musical Director for his 14th year.

Celebrity Fight Night premiered in the Valley in 1994 when local celebrities donned oversized boxing gloves for a comedic fight in the ring before 400 attendees. Today, more than 1,200 guests attend the event to accompany Muhammad Ali and other A-List celebrities. Celebrity Fight Night no longer features celebrity boxing, but by attending the event and bidding on live and silent auction items, each guest does their part to join Ali in winning the fight for charities.

Over the past 18 years, Celebrity Fight Night has raised $80 million for the Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center and other charities. Celebrities and professional athletes from around the U.S. join Muhammad Ali each year for this celebrity-filled night complete with live auction items and musical performances by many of today’s brightest stars. Previous guests have included Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Billy Crystal, Kevin Costner, Garth Brooks, Matchbox Twenty, Kelly Clarkson, Jon Bon Jovi, Robin Williams, Rascal Flatts, Miley Cyrus, Jim Carrey, Larry King, Donald Trump, Celine Dion, Faith Hill, Randy Jackson, Sharon Stone, Lionel Richie, Bo Derek, Rod Stewart, Michael Bublé, Josh Groban, John Mellencamp, Chris Tucker, Forest Whitaker, Arnold Schwarzenegger and many more.
Individual tickets range from $1,500 to $5,000 each, and tables of 10 range from $15,000 to $100,000 each. For reservations, please call 602-956-1121.

Celebrity Fight Night Foundation is a nonprofit organization that was founded in 1994 by Jimmy Walker to support the Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center at Barrow Neurological Institute in Phoenix, as well as numerous other charities. For more information, visit www.celebrityfightnight.org.

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J-Lo will Perform at Celebrity Fight Night

Celebrity Fight Night, one of the nation’s most significant charity events, announces that international superstar, Jennifer Lopez is scheduled to perform at Celebrity Fight Night XIX on Saturday, March 23 at JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa in Phoenix. The primary beneficiary is the Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center at Barrow Neurological Institute, which is the most comprehensive Parkinson’s Center in the country.

Lopez just wrapped her ‘Dance Again World Tour” performing to packed houses around the world.  The Golden Globe nominee will star opposite Jason Statham in a new film release, Parker, premiering Jan 25.   Music artist, entertainer, actress, film & TV producer, fashion designer, entrepreneur and humanitarian, Jennifer Lopez has been called one of the most powerful and celebrated celebrities in entertainment.   A portion of the proceeds from the charity event will go to the Lopez Family Foundation.  The organization is dedicated to improving the health and well-being of children and women around the world (www.LopezFamilyFoundation.org).

“We’re honored to have Jennifer Lopez give a special performance this year. Her generosity and humanitarian work align with the vision of Celebrity Fight Night and will inspire a successful night of fundraising for the Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center and other great causes,” said Jimmy Walker, founder and president of the Celebrity Fight Night Foundation.

During the gala, Muhammad Ali will honor Jennifer Lopez with a Celebrity Fight Night Award. The Muhammad Ali Celebrity Fight Night Awards acknowledge leaders in the sports, business or entertainment community who have achieved extraordinary accomplishments and have been instrumental in giving back to charity – key qualities associated with the Champ.
 
In addition to Jennifer Lopez’s performance, entertainment will include fellow Celebrity Fight Night Award honoree, Steve Martin and The Steep Canyon Rangers, and Billy Crystal, Billy Ray Cyrus, Rita Wilson and much more. Grammy® Award-winning leading lady of country music, Reba McEntire will join featured guest Muhammad Ali at the star-studded gala. McEntire will return as the evening’s emcee for her eighth consecutive year.

Also returning will be 16-time Grammy® Award-winning songwriter and producer, David Foster who will serve as Musical Director for his 14th year.

Celebrity Fight Night premiered in the Valley in 1994 when local celebrities donned oversized boxing gloves for a comedic fight in the ring before 400 attendees. Today, more than 1,200 guests attend the event to accompany Muhammad Ali and other A-List celebrities.

Celebrity Fight Night no longer features celebrity boxing, but by attending the event and bidding on live and silent auction items, each guest does their part to join Ali in winning the fight for charities.
 
Over the past 18 years, Celebrity Fight Night has raised $80 million for the Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center and other charities. Celebrities and professional athletes from around the U.S. join Muhammad Ali each year for this celebrity-filled night complete with live auction items and musical performances by many of today’s brightest stars. Previous guests have included Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Billy Crystal, Kevin Costner, Garth Brooks, Matchbox Twenty, Kelly Clarkson, Jon Bon Jovi, Robin Williams, Rascal Flatts, Miley Cyrus, Jim Carrey, Larry King, Donald Trump, Celine Dion, Faith Hill, Randy Jackson, Sharon Stone, Lionel Richie, Bo Derek, Rod Stewart, Michael Bublé, Josh Groban, John Mellencamp, Chris Tucker, Forest Whitaker, Arnold Schwarzenegger and many more.

Individual tickets range from $1,500 to $5,000 each, and tables of 10 range from $15,000 to $100,000 each. For reservations, please call 602-956-1121.
 
Celebrity Fight Night Foundation is a nonprofit organization that was founded in 1994 by Jimmy Walker to support the Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center at Barrow Neurological Institute in Phoenix, as well as numerous other charities. For more information, visit www.celebrityfightnight.org.

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J-Lo will Perform at Celebrity Fight Night

Celebrity Fight Night, one of the nation’s most significant charity events, announces that international superstar, Jennifer Lopez is scheduled to perform at Celebrity Fight Night XIX on Saturday, March 23 at JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa in Phoenix. The primary beneficiary is the Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center at Barrow Neurological Institute, which is the most comprehensive Parkinson’s Center in the country.

Lopez just wrapped her ‘Dance Again World Tour” performing to packed houses around the world.  The Golden Globe nominee will star opposite Jason Statham in a new film release, Parker, premiering Jan 25.   Music artist, entertainer, actress, film & TV producer, fashion designer, entrepreneur and humanitarian, Jennifer Lopez has been called one of the most powerful and celebrated celebrities in entertainment.   A portion of the proceeds from the charity event will go to the Lopez Family Foundation.  The organization is dedicated to improving the health and well-being of children and women around the world (www.LopezFamilyFoundation.org).

“We’re honored to have Jennifer Lopez give a special performance this year. Her generosity and humanitarian work align with the vision of Celebrity Fight Night and will inspire a successful night of fundraising for the Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center and other great causes,” said Jimmy Walker, founder and president of the Celebrity Fight Night Foundation.

During the gala, Muhammad Ali will honor Jennifer Lopez with a Celebrity Fight Night Award. The Muhammad Ali Celebrity Fight Night Awards acknowledge leaders in the sports, business or entertainment community who have achieved extraordinary accomplishments and have been instrumental in giving back to charity – key qualities associated with the Champ.

In addition to Jennifer Lopez’s performance, entertainment will include fellow Celebrity Fight Night Award honoree, Steve Martin and The Steep Canyon Rangers, and Billy Crystal, Billy Ray Cyrus, Rita Wilson and much more. Grammy® Award-winning leading lady of country music, Reba McEntire will join featured guest Muhammad Ali at the star-studded gala. McEntire will return as the evening’s emcee for her eighth consecutive year. Also returning will be 16-time Grammy® Award-winning songwriter and producer, David Foster who will serve as Musical Director for his 14th year.

Celebrity Fight Night premiered in the Valley in 1994 when local celebrities donned oversized boxing gloves for a comedic fight in the ring before 400 attendees. Today, more than 1,200 guests attend the event to accompany Muhammad Ali and other A-List celebrities. Celebrity Fight Night no longer features celebrity boxing, but by attending the event and bidding on live and silent auction items, each guest does their part to join Ali in winning the fight for charities.

Over the past 18 years, Celebrity Fight Night has raised $80 million for the Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center and other charities. Celebrities and professional athletes from around the U.S. join Muhammad Ali each year for this celebrity-filled night complete with live auction items and musical performances by many of today’s brightest stars. Previous guests have included Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Billy Crystal, Kevin Costner, Garth Brooks, Matchbox Twenty, Kelly Clarkson, Jon Bon Jovi, Robin Williams, Rascal Flatts, Miley Cyrus, Jim Carrey, Larry King, Donald Trump, Celine Dion, Faith Hill, Randy Jackson, Sharon Stone, Lionel Richie, Bo Derek, Rod Stewart, Michael Bublé, Josh Groban, John Mellencamp, Chris Tucker, Forest Whitaker, Arnold Schwarzenegger and many more.

Individual tickets range from $1,500 to $5,000 each, and tables of 10 range from $15,000 to $100,000 each. For reservations, please call 602-956-1121.

About Celebrity Fight Night
Celebrity Fight Night Foundation is a nonprofit organization that was founded in 1994 by Jimmy Walker to support the Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center at Barrow Neurological Institute in Phoenix, as well as numerous other charities. For more information, visit www.celebrityfightnight.org.

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R&R Partners adds new clients, staff

R&R Partners is leaping into 2013 adding new clients and staff as the agency gets comfortable in its new central Phoenix office space. Just recently, R&R took on Arizona Public Service (APS), IO, the datacenter company, and the Health & Wealth Raffle benefiting Barrow Neurological Institute and St. Joseph’s Hospital.

R&R now occupies the entire 29th floor at 101 N. First Avenue giving agency staff added room for growth. With an expanded client roster and new space have also come multiple new hires with plans to add more creative and account services staff.

New staff members include the following:

Ken Pham, Copywriter
A native of Arizona and a Sun Devil graduate, Ken Pham has worked across a vast range of clients with different desires and budgets. Pham’s ability to bring big ideas have earned him significant industry Emmy and Addy awards. He has developed and built brands for local, regional and national accounts such as NextCare Urgent Care, Phiten U.S.A., McDonald’s, Massage Envy, Peter Piper Pizza, Paradise Bakery & Cafe, Bashas’ and The Phoenix Zoo.
At R&R Partners, he exercises his talents on accounts such as APS, IO Data Centers, Health & Wealth Raffle benefiting Barrow Neurological Institute and St. Joseph’s Hospital, Valley Metro, The Residences at the Ritz Carlton Dove Mountain and Cox Business Services.

Ashley George, Senior Art Director
Ashley George brings a wealth of agency experience to R&R – having worked with top agencies before including High Wide & Handsome in Los Angeles and Young & Rubicam in San Francisco. Her talent has helped shape top brands such as Arbor Mist, Dell, Sunkist, Chevron, and Texaco. At R&R Partners, she works on APS, IO, St. Joseph’s Health & Wealth Raffle and Cox Communications.

Sarah Leidy, Assistant Media Buyer
Sarah Leidy hails from the East Coast where she helped launch an interactive Olympic summer campaign during her time at Neo@Ogilvy in New York City.  At R&R, she assists with negotiations and purchasing of advertising space across all media for R&R clients including St. Joseph’s Health & Wealth Raffle, Valley Metro, the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, and The Residences at the Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain.

Beau Cowan, Web Developer
Beau Cowan joined R&R from Yandy.com and was hired to support R&R’s work on the agency’s Boeing International account. His work includes designing and developing new Boeing sites as well as maintaining them for consistency over time.

Matt Porembski, Designer
Matt Porembski developed his talent on interdisciplinary teams at Intel and Motorola.  He also worked as an in-house designer for a Phoenix based law firm. As a part of R&R Partners’ digital team, he creates design options for many of R&R’s web clients.

Stuart Luther, Government and Public Affairs Associate
Stuart Luther began fine-tuning his public affairs expertise while he was a student assistant for the U.S Global Change Research Program in Washington, D.C. and strengthened his research abilities as an intern for the appropriations committee for the Arizona House of Representatives. Blending the two skills together made him perfect for the R&R Partner’s Government and Public Affairs Associate position, where he dives into research to help position R&R’s clients in the public affairs sphere.

Ivanna Garcia, Agency Coordinator
Ivanna Garcia brings a diverse journalism, public relations and community relations background to R&R with experience ranging from work at a boutique advertising agency, work with the U.S. Attorney’s Office and work with another national public relations/advertising firm.  At R&R, Garcia works on public relations for the Health & Wealth Raffle, Valley Metro, and Cox Communications accounts.

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R&R Partners adds new clients, staff

R&R Partners is leaping into 2013 adding new clients and staff as the agency gets comfortable in its new central Phoenix office space. Just recently, R&R took on Arizona Public Service (APS), IO, the datacenter company, and the Health & Wealth Raffle benefiting Barrow Neurological Institute and St. Joseph’s Hospital.

R&R now occupies the entire 29th floor at 101 N. First Avenue giving agency staff added room for growth. With an expanded client roster and new space have also come multiple new hires with plans to add more creative and account services staff.

New staff members include the following:

Ken Pham, Copywriter
A native of Arizona and a Sun Devil graduate, Ken Pham has worked across a vast range of clients with different desires and budgets. Pham’s ability to bring big ideas have earned him significant industry Emmy and Addy awards. He has developed and built brands for local, regional and national accounts such as NextCare Urgent Care, Phiten U.S.A., McDonald’s, Massage Envy, Peter Piper Pizza, Paradise Bakery & Cafe, Bashas’ and The Phoenix Zoo.
At R&R Partners, he exercises his talents on accounts such as APS, IO Data Centers, Health & Wealth Raffle benefiting Barrow Neurological Institute and St. Joseph’s Hospital, Valley Metro, The Residences at the Ritz Carlton Dove Mountain and Cox Business Services.

Ashley George, Senior Art Director
Ashley George brings a wealth of agency experience to R&R – having worked with top agencies before including High Wide & Handsome in Los Angeles and Young & Rubicam in San Francisco. Her talent has helped shape top brands such as Arbor Mist, Dell, Sunkist, Chevron, and Texaco. At R&R Partners, she works on APS, IO, St. Joseph’s Health & Wealth Raffle and Cox Communications.

Sarah Leidy, Assistant Media Buyer
Sarah Leidy hails from the East Coast where she helped launch an interactive Olympic summer campaign during her time at Neo@Ogilvy in New York City.  At R&R, she assists with negotiations and purchasing of advertising space across all media for R&R clients including St. Joseph’s Health & Wealth Raffle, Valley Metro, the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, and The Residences at the Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain.

Beau Cowan, Web Developer
Beau Cowan joined R&R from Yandy.com and was hired to support R&R’s work on the agency’s Boeing International account. His work includes designing and developing new Boeing sites as well as maintaining them for consistency over time.

Matt Porembski, Designer
Matt Porembski developed his talent on interdisciplinary teams at Intel and Motorola.  He also worked as an in-house designer for a Phoenix based law firm. As a part of R&R Partners’ digital team, he creates design options for many of R&R’s web clients.

Stuart Luther, Government and Public Affairs Associate
Stuart Luther began fine-tuning his public affairs expertise while he was a student assistant for the U.S Global Change Research Program in Washington, D.C. and strengthened his research abilities as an intern for the appropriations committee for the Arizona House of Representatives. Blending the two skills together made him perfect for the R&R Partner’s Government and Public Affairs Associate position, where he dives into research to help position R&R’s clients in the public affairs sphere.

Ivanna Garcia, Agency Coordinator
Ivanna Garcia brings a diverse journalism, public relations and community relations background to R&R with experience ranging from work at a boutique advertising agency, work with the U.S. Attorney’s Office and work with another national public relations/advertising firm.  At R&R, Garcia works on public relations for the Health & Wealth Raffle, Valley Metro, and Cox Communications accounts.

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Combination of Diet and Radiation Therapy Shows Promise

A team of brain cancer researchers at Barrow Neurological Institute at St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center has effectively treated brain tumor cells using a unique combination of diet and radiation therapy. The study, “The Ketogenic Diet Is an Effective Adjuvant to Radiation Therapy for the Treatment of Malignant Glioma,” was published in PLOS ONE.

Led by Adrienne C. Scheck, PhD, Principal Investigator in Neuro-Oncology and Neurosurgery Research at Barrow, the groundbreaking research studied the effects of the ketogenic diet in conjunction with radiation therapy for the treatment of malignant gliomas, an aggressive and deadly type of brain tumor. The ketogenic diet is a high-fat, low-carbohydrate diet that alters metabolism and is used in the treatment of pediatric epilepsy that does not respond to conventional therapies. The diet’s affects on brain homeostasis have potential for the treatment of other neurological diseases, as well.

In the study, mice with high-level malignant gliomas were maintained on either a standard or a ketogenic diet. Both groups received radiation therapy. Dr. Scheck’s team discovered that animals fed a ketogenic diet had an increased median survival of approximately five days relative to animals maintained on a standard diet. Of the mice that were fed a ketogenic diet and received radiation, nine of 11 survived with no signs of tumor recurrence, even after being switched back to standard food, for over 200 days. None on the standard diet survived more than 33 days.

One theory behind the success of the treatment is that the ketogenic diet may reduce growth factor stimulation, inhibiting tumor growth. Barrow scientists also believe that it may reduce inflammation and edema surrounding the tumors. This is believed to be the first study of its kind to look at the effects of the ketogenic diet with radiation.

Dr. Scheck believes that the study has promising implications in the treatment of human malignant gliomas. “We found that the ketogenic diet significantly enhances the anti-tumor effect of radiation, which suggests that it may be useful as an adjuvant to the current standard of care for the treatment of human malignant gliomas,” she says.

Dr. Scheck adds that the ketogenic diet could quickly and easily be added into current brain tumor treatment plans as an adjuvant therapy without the need for FDA approval. She is currently exploring options for clinical trials.