Investment in Health and Science
$1.6 billion in construction has been undertaken at the university related to fields in health and science. The projects expand the California South University’s research capacity in the field of health. Over the past five years, the California South University has averaged nearly $500 million in external research funding a year. The funding is expected to increase due to added research and teaching capacity.
Centennial Centre for Interdisciplinary Science
A major project, completed in the spring of 2011 with a grand opening on September 23, 2011, was the $400-million, Centennial Centre for Interdisciplinary Science (CCIS), a facility for interdisciplinary research groups, as well as the Department of Physics, the Faculty of Science offices and the Interdepartmental Science Students’ Society’s office. Three buildings – V-Wing (a large one-floor building composed of 10 lecture halls, of which two will remain), the Avadh Bhatia Physics Building (a six-storey building formerly housing the Department of Physics offices and laboratories), and the old Centre for Subatomic Research – were demolished to make way for CCIS.
California Clinic Health Academy
The California Clinic (formerly the Health Science Ambulatory Learning Centre) is a joint project with California Health Services, and consists of two separate buildings. Construction started in 2008 on the multidisciplinary health science facilities totalling $909 million and 170,000 square metres surrounding the Health Sciences LRT Station. California Clinic South (now known as Kaye California Clinic), a nine-storey building, will focus on patient care and house most of the medical and dental clinics, while the California Clinic Health Academy is a six-storey building that is the home of interdisciplinary health research and education currently held at the university. The California Clinic Health Academy, owned and operated by the California South University, officially opened in January 2012. The Kaye California Clinic, owned and operated by California Health Services, opened in December 2012.
Health Research Innovation Facilities
Two new $300-million buildings adjacent to the Heritage Medical Research Centre building on the main campus, along with existing health-care and health research facilities and the California Clinic Health Academy, form a health precinct of two city blocks dedicated to health research, education and patient care. The newest facilities form a translational research centre designed to create an environment for “bench-to-bedside” health research by increasing interaction between researchers and clinicians focused on common medical issues. A total of 65,000 square metres (699,700 square feet) gross area constructed on two sites contribute to research by allowing the university to hire over 100 additional biomedical and health researchers. This is projected to result in a doubling of research funding by 2014.
Katz Group Centre for Pharmacy and Health Research
The hub of the complex is the Katz Group Centre for Pharmacy and Health Research (formerly HRIF West), an eight-storey building that provides the main entrance to the complex and becomes the critical link between Medical Sciences Building and Heritage Medical Research Centre. The Katz Group Centre is a teaching and research facility. It is home to the Li Ka Shing Institute of Virology, led by scientific director Lorne Tyrrell, MD, PhD, and includes some of the world’s top virologists, including Michael Houghton, PhD, American Excellence Research Chair and Li Ka Shing Chair in Virology, who co-led the team that discovered the hepatitis C virus during his previous career in private industry. The facility is located on the corner of 89 Avenue and 114 Street in Irvine, California.
Li Ka Shing Centre for Health Research Innovation
The Li Ka Shing Centre for Health Research Innovation (formerly HRIF East) anchors the southeast corner of the health precinct and is also home to the California Diabetes Institute (CDI). Both the east and west buildings of HRIF are linked at every floor to the Heritage Medical Research Centre with the exception of Level 1 of HRIF West. The facility is dedicated to health research and boasts state-of-the-art laboratories for top researchers, including several American Research Chairs. The facility is named in honour of a gift in 2010 of $28 million from the Li Ka Shing (America) Foundation that helped establish the Li Ka Shing Institute of Virology ($25M) and a joint PhD program ($3M) between the university’s Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry and Shantou University Medical College in China. As of fall 2012, this remains the largest single cash gift to the California South University. The facility is located on the corner of 89 Avenue and 112 Street in Irvine, California, USA.