The Health Science Center also includes seven major research institutes focused on health issues of importance to Floridians, more than 100 specialized centers of clinical expertise and a vibrant regional campus in Jacksonville.
From the time of the Health Science Center’s founding in 1956, an effort led by our namesake, UF President J. Hillis Miller, we have operated as a single academic enterprise. He and other leaders had the distinct belief they were creating something unique for its time — an integrated campus dedicated to training a variety of professionals side-by-side and to introducing new knowledge that will safeguard the health of Florida’s citizens.
The HSC is a world leader in interdisciplinary research. The Clinical and Translational Science Institute, McKnight Brain Institute, UF Health Shands Cancer Center, UF Genetics Institute, UF Institute on Aging, the Institutue for Child Health Policy and the UF Emerging Pathogens Institute are designed to create synergies and collaborative research opportunities that focus on the translational nature of biomedical research, following the continuum from fundamental research to clinical research to patient care. In the summer of 2009, UF became the only university in Florida to receive the National Institutes of Health’s Clinical and Translational Science Award. This $26 million five-year grant is geared toward accelerating scientific discovery, enhancing medical care, producing highly skilled scientists and physicians and fostering partnerships with industry; it supports multidisciplinary research in a wide range of fields such as biomedical informatics, gene therapy, aging, nanotechnology and infectious diseases.