Guy Reed, MD, MS, Chris Glembotski, PhD, Elliot Cheu, PhD, and Michael Dake, MD (Photos taken by Mitchell Masilun)
Guy Reed, MD, MS, Chris Glembotski, PhD, Elliot Cheu, PhD, and Michael Dake, MD (Photos taken by Mitchell Masilun)

Research Open House Welcomes Attendees to Campus

Chase Congleton
Chase Congleton
Guy Reed, MD, MS, Chris Glembotski, PhD, Elliot Cheu, PhD, and Michael Dake, MD (Photos taken by Mitchell Masilun)
Guy Reed, MD, MS, Chris Glembotski, PhD, Elliot Cheu, PhD, and Michael Dake, MD (Photos taken by Mitchell Masilun)
Research representatives from the Phoenix and Tucson campuses joined together for a night of networking

The University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix Research Office Open House invited the college’s students, faculty, residents and staff to learn more about the resources provided on the Phoenix Bioscience Core, as well as in Tucson.

Michael D. Dake, MD, delivers his address in the Biomedical Sciences Partnership Building Grand Canyon
Michael D. Dake, MD, delivers his address in the Biomedical Sciences Partnership Building Grand Canyon

The event, held on October 6, was followed by a cocktail reception with remarks from leaders such as Guy Reed, MD, MS, dean of the college, and Michael D. Dake, MD, senior vice president for Health Sciences at the University of Arizona.

Dean Guy Reed’s speech primarily focused on the growth of different sectors of the college, especially in research fields. “When you think about the College of Medicine – Phoenix, you should think of research,” Dean Reed said. “There’s been a significant increase in the number of extramurally funded grants, but there’s also been a 4.5-fold increase in the amount of research expenditures.”

Dr. Dake celebrated the funding and grant milestones that UArizona Health Sciences received in the last year and also provided insight on where things are headed next for the university.

“I want to extend my appreciation to all of you because, through your effort, the Health Sciences reached a milestone of over $300 million in National Institutes of Health (NIH) grants this past year,” Dr. Dake said. “We are starting another effort that I think you’ll be interested in, and that is elevating our position in biospecimen banking.”

Other speakers included Chris Glembotski, PhD, the associate dean for Research at the college and the director of the Translational Cardiovascular Research Center, and Elliot Cheu, PhD, who is the associate vice president for University Research Institutes.

Dr. Glembotski has been with the college for two years now and was grateful for the opportunity to host an event like this in-person. He discussed the importance of the Research Office adapting with the campus’s quick growth in size.

“We in the Research Office are trying to respond to our growth proactively and make sure we have everything in order, so that when those researchers show up, we can accommodate them,” Dr. Glembotski said. “It’s a great time to grow research in Arizona.”

Regarding funding at the University of Arizona, Dr. Cheu discussed the university’s goal in research as a top-20 public institution.

The Open House offered attendees the opportunity to learn more about the research resources on the Phoenix and Tucson Campuses
The Open House offered attendees the opportunity to learn more about the research resources on the Phoenix and Tucson Campuses
“About $9 billion were put into a new research area that will help to look at translational innovations in health sciences,” Dr. Cheu said. “We provide support to do the research you want to do.”

Attendees were able to tour more than 20 different booths with the opportunity to ask questions and network with other researchers.

Among the Phoenix Research Services booths in attendance were the Biomedical Imaging Core, Flow Cytometry Core, Phoenix Bioscience Core, the Graduate Training Office, UAHS Research Administration and Laboratory Operations.

The event also had booths from the Tucson Research Services such as the Animal Welfare Program, HIPAA Privacy Program, Research Development Services and Sponsored Projects Services, among others.

About the College

Founded in 2007, the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix inspires and trains exemplary physicians, scientists and leaders to optimize health and health care in Arizona and beyond. By cultivating collaborative research locally and globally, the college accelerates discovery in a number of critical areas — including cancer, stroke, traumatic brain injury and cardiovascular disease. Championed as a student-centric campus, the college has graduated 669 physicians, all of whom received exceptional training from nine clinical partners and more than 2,600 diverse faculty members. As the anchor to the Phoenix Bioscience Core, which is projected to have an economic impact of $3.1 billion by 2025, the college prides itself on engaging with the community, fostering education, inclusion, access and advocacy.