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Arizona Wellbeing Commons

Economics, access to health services, genetics, the environment, geography, age – all of these and more form a complex web of interdependent influences on wellbeing. The Arizona Wellbeing Commons brings scientists, clinicians and partners together in a powerful network of researchers to tackle the health issues that impact wellbeing in Arizona.

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How it works

Participants in the Commons apply multiple perspectives, tools and expertise to the exploration of health, in complexity ranging from the molecular to the societal.

Broadly inclusive frames of examination form our seven divisions of inquiry:

  • neurobiology, aging, dementias and movement disorders
  • cancer prevention, detection, management and treatment
  • viruses, immunity, microbiomes and infectious disease
  • nutrition, obesity, exercise and lifestyle
  • mental health, substance abuse, crime and behavior change
  • public health and healthcare services: law, policy and equity
  • culture, arts, design and humanities in health

Benefits of participating

The Wellbeing Commons offers a space for Arizona professionals of any institution concerned with health to collaborate on research, develop and use shared resources, attend yearly events, identify new interdisciplinary research alignments, enhance the mentorship of young researchers, and belong to a community that facilitates inter-institutional dialogue statewide.  

Viewing wellbeing through multiple perspectives allows fresh approaches to any number of health issues, including grand challenges such as heart disease, cancer, and dementia. New collaborations will catalyze new frameworks and improved solutions throughout the great state of Arizona.

Upcoming Events

2021 Arizona Wellbeing Commons Annual Conference

Arizona Wellbeing Commons 2021 Conference  

Friday, October 8, 2021
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Check-in 8:30 a.m. with continental breakfast

Desert Willow Conference Center
4340 E Cotton Center Blvd
Phoenix, AZ 85040
A link will be provided for those unable to attend in person. 

There is no cost to participate. Parking, breakfast, and lunch are provided


The Arizona Wellbeing Commons brings together researchers, clinicians, professional practitioners, public policymakers and community partners to advance wellbeing from the molecular to the societal level through increased collaboration. 

The conference is a not-to-be-missed event: a full day focusing on the discovery environment in Arizona for those conducting and using health-related research.

Arizona Wellbeing Commons Areas

Cancer Prevention, Detection, Management and Treatment
Culture, Arts, Design and Humanities in Health
Mental Health, Substance Abuse, Crime and Behavior Change
Neurobiology, Aging, Dementias and Movement Disorders
Public Health and Health Care Services: Law, Policy and Equity
Viruses, Immunity, Microbiomes and Infectious Disease

Conference Highlights
Welcome by Lyndel Manson, Chair, Arizona Board of Regents
Keynote address by Michael Kurilla, MD, PhD, Director of Clinical Innovation, National Institutes of Health
Posters featuring the core facilities resources available to researchers and industry
Opportunities to find proposal team partners for funding announcements
Breakout sessions in each of the seven Commons areas
End of day networking with all attendees 

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Joshua LaBaer, MD, PhD, leads the Commons. He is one of the nation’s foremost investigators in the rapidly expanding field of personalized diagnostics and executive director of the Biodesign Institute at Arizona State University. LaBaer is also director of the Biodesign Virginia G. Piper Center for Personalized Diagnostics, the Dalton Chair of Cancer Research, a professor in the ASU School of Molecular Sciences and an adjunct professor of medicine at the College of Medicine, Mayo Clinic.

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