Phoenix Children’s Hospital and Arizona State University Announce New Research Partnership to Advance Healthcare in Arizona and Nationally


Phoenix Children’s Hospital and Arizona State University recently announced a new research alliance that will focus on the prevention and treatment of pediatric diseases. The agreement unites one of the largest and most highly regarded children’s hospitals in the nation with Arizona State University, a top tier research university that advances research in biomedicine and biotechnology disciplines.

This partnership sets the stage for collaborative, leading edge research programs while providing Phoenix Children’s Hospital with a vast array of infrastructure resources, scientific expertise, and a streamlined research and review process.

“This is a significant development in the continued evolution of the Phoenix Children’s Research Institute and aligns the resources and expertise of Phoenix Children’s Hospital and Arizona State University”, states Nazneen Aziz, PhD, Phoenix Children’s Chief Research Officer and Senior Vice President. “The affiliation transcends all areas of Phoenix Children’s and ASU and establishes mutually beneficial terms for the development of leading edge research programs with a collaborative goal of translating scientific advancements to prevent, treat, and manage pediatric disease.  ASU is a top tier research university and immediately provides us with a vast array of research infrastructure resources, leading scientific experts, and research opportunities,” said Aziz.

Dr. Aziz was recently named to the New Health Solutions Initiatives Advisory Board, a high-profile advisory board established by ASU President Michael Crow. The board includes community leaders, entrepreneurs, clinical partners, business executives, philanthropists and members of the public sector working with ASU to address key health issues.

“This important alliance brings together ASU’s growing interdisciplinary research strengths in basic, translational and clinical areas with leading physicians and researchers at Phoenix Children’s Hospital to collectively accelerate use-inspired research that is focused the health and well-being of the children of Arizona and beyond,” said Sethuraman “Panch” Panchanathan, senior vice president for Knowledge Enterprise Development at ASU. “ASU’s mission of advancing access, excellence and impact enables us to work with strategic partners like Phoenix Children’s Hospital to find innovative solutions to address the critical pediatric care needs and strengthen Arizona’s position as a leader in children’s health.”

The newly formed affiliation also opens the way for collaborative research grants and joint funding opportunities as well as potential co-recruitment of clinical and scientific faculty, bi-directional faculty appointments and student internships. The affiliation will build upon Arizona State University’s and Phoenix Children’s existing research collaborations.


About Phoenix Children’s Hospital

Phoenix Children’s Hospital is Arizona’s only children’s hospital that is ranked in U.S. News & World Report’s Best Children’s Hospitals. Phoenix Children’s provides world-class inpatient, outpatient, trauma, emergency and urgent care to children and families in Arizona and throughout the Southwest. As one of the largest children’s hospitals in the country, Phoenix Children’s provides care across more than 75 pediatric specialties. The Hospital is poised for continued growth in quality patient care, research and medical education. For more information about the hospital, visit


About Arizona State University:

ASU is a New American University, promoting excellence in its research and among its students, faculty and staff, increasing access to its educational resources and working with communities to positively impact social and economic development. Find out more at



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