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Dr. Oddo

New Researcher Joins Banner Sun Health Institute

Dr. Salvatore Oddo, a leader in the development of genetically-engineered mouse models and their use in the study of Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders, will join the research team at the Banner Sun Health Research Institute (BSHRI) as a Senior Scientist and as an Associate Professor in the Department of Basic Medical Sciences at the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix. Oddo comes to Arizona from the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, where he served as an assistant professor in the physiology department. He starts at BSHRI on July 1.

Oddo and his colleagues continue to develop genetically-modified mouse models and study them in the effort to clarify some of the molecular and cellular disease mechanisms responsible for Alzheimer’s disease, to discover new treatments and to help test some of the treatments that are being considered for evaluation in clinical trials. Using the “triple transgenic mouse model” that he and his colleagues first developed at the University of California, Irvine, they have already made a number of pioneering contributions to the field.

His arrival marks the first of several joint recruitments that are planned between Banner and the medical college to advance the scientific fight against Alzheimer’s disease. It also provides an opportunity to expand the resources and collaborations involved in the Arizona Alzheimer’s Consortium, the nation’s leading model of statewide collaboration in Alzheimer’s research. While Oddo’s lab will be based at BSHRI, he will work closely with his new colleagues in the medical college and other organizations in the Consortium.

“I am extremely proud to become part of a fantastic Alzheimer’s disease research team and to establish my laboratory at the Banner Sun Health Research Institute,” Oddo said. “I look forward to developing new and stimulating collaborations with the faculty to identify new therapeutic targets for this terrible disorder.”

Oddo, who earned his undergraduate degree in molecular biology from the University of Catania, Italy and his graduate degree in Neurobiology of Learning and Memory from the University of California, Irvine, has served as an assistant researcher at the University of California Irvine’s department of neurobiology and behavior. He is moving from the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio where currently he is an assistant professor in the department of physiology.

“This is the first and critical step in what will be an extremely robust partnership between the Banner Sun Health Research Institute and our college,” said Stuart D. Flynn, MD, dean of the UA College of Medicine – Phoenix. “Dr. Oddo is playing an important role in the research of Alzheimer’s disease, of critical importance as we address an aging population in Arizona and beyond.”

“We are pleased to welcome someone with Dr. Oddo’s scientific caliber and extraordinary productivity,” said Marwan Sabbagh, Director of the Banner Sun Health Research Institute. “Dr. Oddo is a valuable addition to what is already a world-class team. We look forward to work ahead.”

Sun Health

Purse-Suit Of Fashion: The Doctors’ Runway Hosted By Sun Health

Thanks to the Sun Health Foundation, on Saturday, February 18th, doctors will no longer be recognizable; they will be in “Purse-Suit of Fashion.”

Leaving behind their scrubs, stethoscopes and lab coats, doctors and physicians will trade in their uniform and instead show off some of Dillard’s hottest spring fashions. They’ll also be trading in their hospital halls and operating rooms for the Wigwam Arizona’s runway.

This fashion-filled event, with the witty name of “Purse-Suit of Fashion,” is hosted by the Sun Health Foundation and sponsored by the neuroscience services departments at Banner Boswell and Banner Del E. Webb Medical Centers.

The Sun Health Foundation is a non-profit organization, which aims to provide philanthropic funding for Banner Boswell Medical Center, Banner Del E. Webb Medical Center and the Sun Health Research Institute. Sun Health Foundation is under the umbrella of Sun Health, which provides philanthropic resources for the fields of health care, senior living options and technological enhancements of healthcare and service within and outside of hospitals.

The event will start at 11 a.m. with an hour of socializing and on-site shopping. The shopping site will feature Glitz~N~Glam, Paula’s Bags & More, Foofarah!, IzzBella Designs and Sharon Lee Designs.

After an hour of lunch, the doctors will hit the runway where they and their families will strut their stuff in style. Some familiar faces will include Dr. Steven Charney and Dr. Michael Cofield of the Banner Boswell and Banner Del E. Webb Medical Centers; Dr. Mark Campbell, Dr. Arash Araghi and Dr. Joshua Abrams of the Core Institute; and Dr. Chris Mackey of Cardiac Solutions and Dr. Marwan Sabbagh of the Banner Sun Health Research Institute.

Members of the Sun Health Foundation Board of Trustees and the foundation’s Volunteers in Philanthropy will also be giving their modeling career a shot.

Tickets are on sale for $60, $30 of which are tax deductible. To reserve seats, you can either call 623-832-4931  or visit sunhealth.org.