Cancer researchers at University of Arizona are going to be conducting their breakthrough research in a brand new facility in 2015, thanks in part to a recent donation from a family of local doctors.
Regent Dr. Ram Krishna and his wife, Dr. Meera Krishna made a $1 million gift toward the construction of the University of Arizona Cancer Center in Phoenix.
According to a university press release, the five-story, 220,000-square-foot facility is expected to open in September of 2015 and will offer comprehensive cancer services, including:
- Radiation oncology
- Diagnostic imaging
- Endoscopic/interventional radiology
- Patient wellness and support services
- A prevention center
- Clinical lab space
- and several specialized cancer clinics.
"We are very grateful for the generous support of Drs. Ram and Meera Krishna for the University of Arizona Cancer Center's new facility in Phoenix," said UA President Ann Weaver Hart. "The UA is committed to serving the Phoenix area as part of our land-grant mission. To do so, we are focused on expanding our presence and partnerships there. With this new facility, we will be able to provide patients in Phoenix access to the world-renowned resources of the University of Arizona Cancer Center."
"I was very impressed with President Hart's vision, and we wanted to give back," said Ram Krishna, an orthopedic surgeon who has a private practice in Yuma. "Education and research in the medical field are very important to us."
In recognition of the Krishnas' gift, a space in the new center will bear the name of Mandira Jalajakshi and serve as a memorial honoring her work as a physician.
As top research institution, UAz has nearly $300 million in annual R&D expenditures and is the state’s leading research university. The University of Arizona also provides the state a $2 billion boost every year and employees nearly 15,000 life science professionals.
Recent Funding Statistics from University of Arizona, Tucson:
- UAz received $393,725,988 in research grants for fiscal year 2013-2014.
- 2013 Life Science R & D Expenditures: $283,327,000.
- The University of Arizona research funding has increased by $188 million since 2002.
- 2014 NIH Funding: $79,625,786
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