New UF medical campus opens in Orlando at Medical City

New UF medical campus opens in Orlando at Medical City

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A new University of Florida research and education center brings to the Orlando area vital research on new therapies and cures, increased opportunities for participation in clinical research and enhanced access to professional and graduate pharmacy education.

The UF Research and Academic Center at Lake Nona officially opened Friday. The $53 million roughly 106,000-square-foot facility extends UF's presence into the greater Orlando area through the following colleges, institutes and centers:

  • College of Pharmacy
  • College of Medicine
  • Center for Pharmacometrics and Systems Pharmacology
  • Institute for Therapeutic Innovation
  • Institute on Aging
  • Clinical and Translational Science Institute

"The new center harnesses the resources, expertise and research capabilities of multidisciplinary teams, bringing together renowned researchers, clinicians, teachers and students with the ultimate goal of providing effective therapies and improving health for patients," said Dr. David S. Guzick, UF senior vice president for health affairs and president of the UF&Shands Health System.

The center's proximity to the Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute, Nemours Children's Hospital and other health care organizations within the Lake Nona medical city complex and the wider Orlando area will foster collaboration that stimulates innovative approaches to research and patient care.

The new facility also allows expansion of the UF professional Pharm.D. program from 200 students to 280 over four years. Student pharmacists at Lake Nona receive the same curriculum as classmates in Gainesville, Jacksonville and St. Petersburg. The Orlando-based students also will have access to research opportunities available at the UF Lake Nona campus and with its Medical City partners.

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