Biomedical Campus of the Arizona University System
ASU, UA, ABOR agree to
plan for the advancement of medical
education and research in Phoenix
Arizona State University (ASU) has signed a memorandum
of understanding with the University of Arizona (UA)
and the Arizona Board of Regents (ABOR) to plan the
creation of the Phoenix Biomedical Campus of the Arizona
University System. This collaborative plan will enable
ASU to significantly expand its biomedical research
and education efforts through a partnership with an
expanded University of Arizona Medical School. The
collaboration will improve health care in Metropolitan
Phoenix and the State of Arizona.
“ASU is engaged in a broadly scoped intellectual
trajectory to build new kinds of approaches in science
and medicine and their integration with other disciplines
to create innovative ways to advance knowledge and
solve problems. That effort will be significantly enhanced
with our involvement in design and development of the
Phoenix Biomedical Campus of the Arizona University
System,” said ASU President Michael M. Crow. “This
partnership enables us to maximize the collective assets
of ASU and UA, and most efficiently builds upon existing
biomedical capabilities throughout the state. The Phoenix
Biomedical Campus will benefit both universities and
enable them to better meet health care needs of our
ASU President Michael M. Crow announces a Memorandum
of Understanding with the University of Arizona
to expand medical education in Phoenix during a
press conference August 9, 2004.
The specific benefits to ASU from this planning,
design and development process include:
- Defined and specific research linkages through
the Arizona Biomedical Collaborative in areas such
as biodesign, personalized medicine research, urban
health and Native American health.
- The development of a new department at ASU in
biomedical informatics. This will allow ASU to advance
the increasingly influential impact of computing
on medical research, optimizing decisions regarding
patient care and leading to the most efficient use
of the health care system.
- Joint faculty appointments.
- Joint degrees with the college of medicine.
- A medical undergraduate (first two years of medical
school) teaching linkage with the new medical school.
- Specified linkages between the ASU College of
Nursing, the ASU Nutrition Program and the new medical
Numerous current ASU research skills will contribute
to the Phoenix Biomedical Campus of the Arizona University
System in charting new vistas in 21st century
patient care. These include: biochemistry, physiology,
anatomy, immunology, microbiology, pharmacology, neurobiology,
genetics, economics/public health, bioengineering,
molecular and cellular biology, nutrition, kinesiology,
law, science and technology, human dimensions/bioethics,
nursing, medical technology, anthropology, family studies
Officials were on hand August 9, 2004, to announce
plans for a medical school project in downtown
Phoenix. From left to right are: UA President Peter
Likins; Board of Regents President Gary Stuart;
Phoenix Councilman Greg Stanton; and ASU President
It is anticipated that the Arizona Board of Regents
will discuss this memorandum of understanding at its
August 19-20 meeting in Flagstaff, with both university
presidents presenting a design and development plan
for these coordinated efforts on or before the ABOR
January 2005 meeting.
Read the memorandum
of understanding (PDF).