Centers & Institutes

The University of Arizona Health Sciences reaches across the state and well beyond its borders to provide health-care education, research, patient care and service for Arizonans and their neighbors today and for the future. The below centers support our areas of research excellence.

Clinical and Translational Science: transforming ideas into health innovations 

Arizona Institute for Clinical and Translational Science (AZiCATS) is the UA Health Sciences academic home for clinical and translational research, providing funding, resources, and education to help translate ideas into health innovations. The vision of AZiCATS is to effectively address the unprecedented levels of health disparities among Arizona’s unique populations through clinical and translational research (CTR). CTR is a dynamic, multi-disciplinary, and exciting field with matchless rewards. Through AZiCATS’ collaborative enterprise, we energize scientists, clinicians, community partners, state and local health systems, tribes, and citizens to produce concrete solutions for Arizona’s vexing health challenges.

Cancer: working to prevent and cure cancer

The UA Cancer Center is the only National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center headquartered in Arizona and serving the entire state. Its vision is to be the preeminent leader in achieving freedom from cancer by extending and enhancing the lives of individuals regionally, nationally, and throughout the world. It achieves this vision through creative collaborations, excellence in research, and research driven, multi-disciplinary cancer prevention and patient care programs. The creation and dissemination of knowledge is achieved through translational research, technology development, and novel programs in education and training. The priority is to assure that all those at risk for and affected by cancer have access to the highest quality care.

Health Disparities: promoting ‘health equity’ for all

The UA Center for Border Health Disparities studies the impact of legal, employment, environmental, health-care delivery and public health factors on the health outcomes of people who live on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border.

The Arizona Department of Health Services reports that 62% of adults in Arizona are overweight. Collectively, Arizona’s minority populations make up 43% of Arizona residents. They also face a disproportionate share of the state’s obesity, diabetes, and metabolic disease burden.  The UA Center for Disparities in Diabetes, Obesity and Metabolism serves as a nucleus for interdisciplinary research to facilitate the discovery of basic mechanisms of disease that can be translated into solutions for prevention and treatment of obesity and its metabolic co-morbidities.

Informatics and Biostatistics: data science for better health

The UA Center for Biomedical Informatics and Biostatistics resources multiple centers within UAHS to promote research aligned with the key developmental areas: precision medicine, cancer research, health equity and diversity, and population science. With the goal of building a data-driven learning health system, we are advancing precision medicine analytics and providing leading-edge services to translate Big Data science and genomic discoveries to clinical care. 

Neuroscience: battling debilitating brain diseases and injuries

More than 1,000 brain disorders affect over 1 billion people worldwide. Fortunately, the UA boasts some of the best neuroscientists in the nation and they are tackling the biggest questions in brain science as they also train the next generation of researchers and clinicians. The UA Center for Innovation in Brain Science focuses on cognitive aging in health and disease, chronic pain and traumatic brain injury, stroke, and integrative neuroscience among other areas.

Population Health and Health Outcomes: providing new, cost-effective ways to fight disease

The UA Health Sciences studies the health of populations as a whole and measures health outcomes to ensure appropriate resources are reaching the community. As part of this major initiative, we established the UA Center for Population Science and Discovery to develop practical solutions to improve health outcomes, enhance access to quality health care, reduce health inequities, assess cost-effectiveness and ensure accountability.

Precision Health: tailoring treatments to the individual

We're building a world-class program to develop novel, targeted therapies tailored to individual patients. The UA Center for Applied Genetics and Genomic Medicine supports health-care providers, genetic counselors and researchers in their efforts to advance precision health approaches for the diagnosis, prediction and treatment of disease, for improved patient care and outcomes and reduced health-care costs.