Director's Message

Welcome to the Global Center for Applied Health Research and we appreciate your interest in global health!  We are a relatively new center, the Arizona Board of Regents officially established the Global Center in 2016.

The mission of the Center is to promote the design and evaluation of efficacious health interventions around the world in collaboration with local researchers and their community partners.  The ultimate goal of the Center is to prevent the onset of disease and to support the wellbeing of children/youth and families.

We are advancing our mission through three main activities:  1) Community based and culturally appropriate research studies in 12 different countries, 2) Research training and capacity building across borders, and 3) Implementation of in-country collaborative and sustainable evidence-based solutions.

In its initial phase of development, the Global Center has already established research partnership in several countries and has launched a very dynamic international research fellowship program.  The Global Center has an ambitious and multifaceted action plan.  It is being implemented in collaboration with research partners around the world.  

Latin America and Spain are a priority during the first phase of implementation.  Mexico is currently the country with the largest research portfolio of externally funded studies (National Institutes of Health). Followed by demonstration projects in Guatemala, Uruguay and Spain.  The Global Center is implementing incubator studies in collaboration with partners in Burundi, China, Israel, Kenya, Taiwan and Tanzania.  Pilot projects are also being planned with partners in Australia and England through ASU’s PLuS Alliance. 

The International Research Fellowship Program is fully operational.  Pre and postdoctoral investigators from institutions in China, Israel, Kenya, Mexico, Pakistan, Spain, and Switzerland have completed research internships at the Global Center.  Upon completion of their stay, fellows provide scientific leadership in joint research initiatives in their own communities.

I invite you to review all of these activities more in-depth through our webpage and to share with us your ideas and feedback.

Best regards and good health,

Flavio F. Marsiglia, PhD
Regents' Professor & Director