Message from the UA Senior Vice President for Health Sciences

Nov 12, 2014

AHSC Focused on Securing CTSA to Help Expand Research Enterprise

When I began my duties at the Arizona Health Sciences Center, I quickly realized our research enterprise would require significant growth in infrastructure, personnel and programs if we hoped to meet the Arizona Board of Regents’ ambitious goal to double our sponsored research funding.

Growing our research portfolio, a key component of the UA’s Never Settle strategic plan, is key to better serving our state and its people. Such growth also is expected to enhance our national rankings and reputation, since research funding plays a major role in most rankings.

As I have frequently noted, our institution could jump start that research expansion by securing a coveted Clinical Translational Science Award (CTSA).  The CTSA is a National Institutes of Health grant that supports a comprehensive array of essential tools and services designed to spark clinical and translational research. During this past year, we have undertaken several initiatives and targeted recruitment efforts geared toward enhancing our research infrastructure and programmatic depth, as aligned with the goals of the CTSA program.

The Arizona Health Sciences Center, working with Main Campus and a variety of external collaborators, submitted the application in January.

As outlined during AHSC Town Halls and other presentations, we selected four research priorities -- Health Disparities, Precision Health, Neuroscience and Population Health and Health Outcomes – that will provide the foundation of our research growth during the next five years. If you haven’t already, please review the White Papers submitted by the respective multi-disciplinary Advisory Councils, outlining action plans for each area. Significantly, several of the councils’ recommendations already are well underway – such as the establishment of research centers in each of the four areas of excellence.

Thank you for your dedicated efforts and your commitment to the Arizona Health Sciences Center and our ongoing efforts to becoming a premier academic health center.


Joe G.N. “Skip” Garcia, MD
UA Senior Vice President for Health Sciences
Interim Dean, UA College of Medicine – Tucson