Students tour lab at the Steele Children’s Research Center at the University of Arizona College of Medicine

Monday, February 22, 2010 - 9:30am to 11:30am
TUCSON, Ariz. – Students from Desert Christian Middle School will visit the Steele Children’s Research Center on Monday, Feb. 22, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. During their visit, the students will read to children at the Arizona Elks Clinic for Children and Young Adults and the Angel Wing for Children with Diabetes, and then take a tour of one of the Steele Center’s research labs.
The Steele Center is a Center of Excellence at the University of Arizona College of Medicine. The visit was organized by Desert Christian science teacher Londa Hopkins. “All of our students will be participating in a service day and I wanted my students to see science in action, and how it can help children,” she said.
The University of Arizona, University Physicians Healthcare and University Medical Center work together to care for patients, educate medical students, train resident-physicians and conduct clinical and basic research.  The UA Steele Children’s Research Center and UMC are working together to build Diamond Children’s Medical Center (, now under construction and scheduled to open in 2010.  Diamond Children's will be Arizona’s only pediatric inpatient medical center connected to an academic research facility – the Steele Center (