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Celebrating all abilities, Project SEARCH makes employment dreams possible

05/03/2021

Alex* has dreamed of having his own job ever since high school. Getting ready in the morning. Being part of a team. Learning, then contributing his skills to an organization. Because of his autism, Alex doesn’t have the same opportunities to land that dream job as others. But, Project SEARCH opened the door for him and now he is working toward employment at Banner Health as an intern.

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Banner oncologist offers hope to 72-year-old battling cancer

05/03/2021

While most skin cancers are diagnosed because of a visible skin lesion, for E. Blake Hastings, now 72, it was a case of pneumonia that resulted in a shocking diagnosis of stage IV melanoma in late 2018. A biopsy revealed a cancerous tumor located between his lungs, too close to his heart to be removed surgically.

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Banner scientists research link between COVID-19 and the brain

04/26/2021

Since news broke early last year that some 36 percent of COVID-19 patients in Wuhan hospitals were developing impaired consciousness, seizures, sensory impairments, and other neurological symptoms, dedicated clinics have been established to study this subset of patients. The Brain and Body Donation Program at Banner Sun Health Research Institute pivoted quickly to study how COVID-19 invades the brain. They immediately made their data available to the international research community to add to the body of knowledge about the virus.

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Arizona researchers receive $27.5 million NIH grant

04/26/2021

Banner Alzheimer’s Institute received funding for a new study of people at six levels of genetic risk for Alzheimer’s disease. The grant from the National Institute on Aging, part of the National Institutes of Health, is expected to total $27.5 million over five years. Led by researchers from Banner and Mayo Clinic in Arizona, the study will investigate biological and cognitive changes that happen before the onset of memory and thinking problems in people at different levels of genetic risk.

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Meet Dr. Jeremy Pruzin

04/26/2021

Banner Alzheimer’s Institute recently welcomed memory care expert and researcher Jeremy Pruzin, MD, MHI, to the team. He is no stranger to BAI, having volunteered as a medical assistant in the memory clinic from 2009 to 2010.

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