Our multidisciplinary centers promote collaborative research within the College of Medicine – Tucson, the University of Arizona and beyond. Several centers also provide clinical services and education to the college community and the public.
Arizona Aids Education and Training Center
The Arizona Aids Education and Training Center improves the standard of care for people living with HIV by helping healthcare professionals to develop new knowledge and skills through educational programs, clinical training, and the distribution of news and other resources.
Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine
Founded by Andrew Weil, MD, The Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine is the pioneering integrative medicine (IM) center worldwide, recognized for its innovative educational programs, evidence-based clinical practice, and research that substantiate the field of integrative medicine and influence public policy.
Our educational offerings began with the fellowship in integrative medicine in 1997. It launched with four residential fellows in Tucson. Twenty years later, the Fellowship has graduated more than 1000 clinician and delivers innovative distance/online learning, and the Center has expanded offerings that span health professionals’ careers.
Our integrative health centers are putting into practice what we teach, changing the model of primary care delivery for patients and health care professionals, and challenging the economic paradigm on cost effectiveness of IM. In research, we are building a multidisciplinary program focused on IM outcomes research, curriculum evaluation, and the study stress-response and environment in health and wellbeing.
Arizona Center on Aging
The Arizona Center on Aging is committed to addressing the health and human welfare of seniors through an integrated program of research, education and excellence in health care and service. Its mission is to:
- advance the scientific study of aging
- provide interdisciplinary education and clinical training in gerontology, geriatrics and long-term care
- provide clinical and community services to Arizona's aging population
The programs of the Center focus on the behavioral and social, biological and health sciences. The Center also conducts research into social policy and practice surrounding aging issues.
Arizona Emergency Medicine Research Center
Founded in 1990, the Arizona Emergency Medicine Research Center is a leader in emergency medicine training, education and research. One of only five such centers in the nation, the Center is committed to improving prehospital care and emergency services for all Arizonans.
The Arizona Emergency Medicine Research Center conducts research into injury control, epidemiology, the evaluation of trauma systems, out-of-hospital cardiac recognition and treatment, Emergency Medical Services (EMS) and air medical transport. The Center also offers direct training to paramedics and EMS providers.
Arizona Respiratory Center
The Center investigates the causes and modes of development of diseases including emphysema, chronic bronchitis and asthma in both adults and children. Its multidisciplinary approach brings together experts in numerous disciplines, including immunology, pathology, radiology, internal medicine, pediatrics, pharmacology and computer science. The Arizona Respiratory Center is internationally recognized for research into respiratory disease.
Arizona Telemedicine Program
The Arizona Telemedicine Program improves access to health care and training throughout Arizona, using telemedicine technologies to reach to medically-underserved populations. Founded in 1995, the program initially served eight sites including rural communities and state prisons—today, the Arizona Telemedicine Program network extends to dozens of locations which provide distance education and clinical services, while also strengthening the ties between healthcare providers, the University of Arizona College of Medicine, and local and state government.
The Sonoran UCEDD promotes community participation by individuals with developmental disabilities through:
- Interdisciplinary training of students and service professionals on developmental disabilities
- Research and analysis aimed at developing new knowledge on disability which can be translated into model programs and public policy initiatives
- Technical assistance and information sharing for the community at large on disability best practices and new information
- Exemplary services and model program development to enhance and expand the systems of support for people with developmental disabilities
Steele Children’s Research Center
Dedicated to unlocking the mysteries of childhood disease, the Steele Children’s Research Center applies a multidisciplinary clinical and research approach. Established in 1985, the Steele Center integrates research with clinical and teaching activities.
Special emphasis is given to:
- genetic and congenital diseases
- childhood cancers
- solid-organ and bone marrow transplants
- lung diseases
- neurological disorders
- the problems of premature infants
- heart disorders
- infectious diseases
- liver and gastrointestinal disorders
- kidney diseases
- child abuse
Noted for successfully involving the community in its objectives and goals, the Center is a leader in coordinating a variety of public and private children’s and social agencies to work together to improve the welfare of all children. In addition to serving the pediatric population in Southern Arizona, faculty members serve Arizona’s rural communities by holding more than 120 clinics a year throughout the state.
Arizona Arthritis Center
Dedicated to eradicating arthritis as a cause of human suffering through biomedical research, teaching and patient care, the Arizona Arthritis Center was one of the first to employ a multidisciplinary approach to combat arthritis and bone and connective tissue disease.
Research areas at the Arizona Arthritis Center include innovative surgical techniques, the use of new drugs, reduction of costs related to arthritis care, development of artificial joints and major new treatments in rheumatoid arthritis, scleroderrna, osteoarthritis, vascubitis and other related diseases.
The University of Arizona Cancer Center
Established in 1976, the University of Arizona Cancer Center is the only National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer center headquartered in the state.
The Center serves as a regional resource for cancer care and a catalyst for basic and clinical research. As an NCI-designated center, the University of Arizona Cancer Center specializes in the diagnosis, treatment, prevention and research of cancer.
The Center's physicians and scientists are committed to research aimed at understanding and overcoming cancer and eliminating it as a major disease of humankind.
Sarver Heart Center
The University of Arizona Sarver Heart Center is dedicated to the prevention and cure of heart and vascular disease through research, education and patient care.
UA Sarver Heart Center members conduct 90 percent of the heart and vascular research in Arizona, and are a major resource for cardiovascular education.
Each year, cardiovascular physicians and surgeons at the UA Sarver Heart Center perform more than 2,500 procedures. The cardiothoracic transplantation program has one of the highest survival rates in the world for heart transplants and is the first program approved by the Food and Drug Administration to implant artificial hearts as a bridge-to-transplant.
The Valley Fever Center for Excellence
The mission of the Valley Fever Center for Excellence is to mobilize resources for the eradication of valley fever (Coccidioidomycosis) through:
- education about valley fever to promote public awareness
- promotion of high quality care for patients with valley fever
- research into valley fever and the diseases that it causes
The Valley Fever Center for Excellence was established in 1996 and is located at the Arizona Health Sciences Center. It is jointly sponsored by The University of Arizona and the Southern Arizona VA Healthcare System.
The Venom Immunochemistry, Pharmacology and Emergency Response (VIPER) Institute was established by the Arizona Board of Regents in 2007. The Institute creates new ways to diagnose and treat venom injuries, using clues from the genealogy of venomous animals. The VIPER Institute strives to be a leader in development of antivenom and other treatments for bites and stings by snakes, scorpions and spiders, resulting in better, more cost-effective medical care around the world.