Welcome to Arizona Emergency Medicine Research Center
The Arizona Emergency Medicine Research Center (AEMRC) is a collaborative statewide Center of Excellence dedicated to improving the health-care outcomes of patients with acute illness and injuries, in both pre-hospital settings and within the hospital.
The center’s research focus extends from the pre-hospital environment, including 911 and emergency medical services (EMS) care, through the emergency department and critical care settings.
The AEMRC was founded in 1990 by Harvey Meislin, MD, FACEP, FAAEM, whose vision included the need to dramatically improve emergency systems and the care of patients with emergent problems in the emergency department or in the field. Today, the center is a national leader in emergency medicine research and training, including the application of new resuscitation techniques and event preparedness training.
Areas of Emphasis
The center brings together collaborative teams of multidisciplinary experts to achieve critical impact in areas affecting lives in Arizona today. Current areas of emphasis include improving outcomes in pre-hospital cardiac arrest, pre-hospital traumatic brain injury, emergency preparedness, pre-hospital systems, clinical- translational medicine and sepsis.
The AEMRC, together with the University of Arizona Department of Emergency Medicine, ranks 13th in National Institutes of Health funding among centers and emergency departments nationally.
The faculty of the UA Department of Emergency Medicine and the center are national leaders in emergency medicine scholarly activity, regularly contributing state-of-the-art research presentations at the top scientific meetings in the United States and internationally. In addition, most UA Department of Emergency Medicine residents participate in mentored research leading to national presentations and the publication of original scientific manuscripts.
The center has established a statewide clinical research network that conducts many studies including current trials investigating neurological emergencies and cardiac arrest.
The center also has formed research collaborations with many departments and colleges at the UA and with other universities in the state and Southwest. In addition, the AEMRC has developed innovative collaborations with major hospital systems in the state, as well as with rural hospitals serving diverse populations. Also, the AEMRC recently has developed innovative collaborations with foreign countries and industry.