The University of Arizona Health Sciences (UAHS) 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.
Asthma and Airway Diseases: tackling disease origins and optimizing current treaments
The Asthma & Airway Disease Research Center is working to foster and enhance interactions between geneticists, biochemists, immunologists, microbiologists, molecular biologists, epidemiologists and clinical scientists aimed at solving specific challenges in the development of prevention strategies and new therapies for asthma and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD).
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
Arizona Area Health Education Centers (AHEC) focuses on developing integrated, sustainable statewide health professions workforce education programs with emphasis on primary care and increasing access in Arizona's rural and underserved communities by improving the supply, quality, diversity and distribution of the health professions workforce.
The UA Center for Border Health Disparities works to build strong collaborations to improve the delivery of diabetes health care in border populations partnering with the Banner – University Medical Group practices in Phoenix and Tucson, representatives from local federally qualified health centers, Arizona Area Health Education Centers (AzAHEC) and other UAHS centers.
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.
The Office of Diversity and Inclusion at UAHS focuses on growing the diversity of the health sciences workforce, increasing the knowledge and sensitivity related to social and cultural factors that influence health and healthcare, and to foster a climate of inclusion where all members of UAHS and our partnering communities contribute to our larger goal of increasing excellence and solving health disparities.
Biomedical and Biostatistics: technology and 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.
The Arizona Center for Accelerated Biomedical Innovation (ACABI) identifies enhanced uses for technologies developed by the University of Arizona and collaborating partners that can be rapidly implemented in the clinical world.
Neuroscience: battling debilitating brain diseases and injuries
Brain Disorders affect more than 1 billion people globally. Neuroscientists at the University of Arizona are tackling disorders ranging from Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s to chronic pain and traumatic brain injury; while also training the next generation of researchers and clinicians. The UA Center for Innovation in Brain Science is addressing age-associated neurodegenerative diseases by focusing on delivering innovative treatments of the future for those who need a cure today.
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, 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.