Dear Colleagues and Alumni,
Please read this month’s newsletter to learn about innovations in patient care, education and research — and some of the new roles taken on by our faculty. I am regularly amazed at the commitment, hard work and creativity of our faculty, residents, staff and students. It’s also clear that we do better work when we work well with others.
The story on the Coulter Biomedical Accelerator Program shows what can happen when clinicians and engineers get together to solve real problems of patients. That program will be taken to the next step by a recently awarded NIH grant led by Bill Fay, senior associate dean for research at the School of Medicine; Sheila Grant, associate dean for research at the College of Engineering; and Bill Turpin, associate vice chancellor for economic development.
The Midwest Biomedical Accelerator Consortium (MBArC), centered at MU, will harness the resources of the UM System and foster collaborations between investigators from its campuses in Columbia, Kansas City, Rolla and St. Louis. In addition, MBArC will establish a robust research and educational link between MU and the University of Kansas Medical Center in Kansas City, as well as its partnering universities. The consortium will extend into six contiguous states in the heartland and reach up to 16 universities, which will work together to transform biomedical innovations into small businesses whose products improve patient care.
I want to mention two other ongoing activities. Each year, the hard working Research Council at the School of Medicine sponsors Health Sciences Research Day where dozens of medical students, graduate students and others present their work in poster presentations on Nov. 21. This is always a meaningful event for students learning lifetime skills in research.
This Friday, Nov. 22, we will have two town hall sessions at 7 a.m. and noon in Acuff Auditorium to present the current report of the strategic planning work group for our academic health center. We would urge faculty to attend and provide input on our plans to “Make a distinct impact, Grow our ability to serve and Align MU’s capabilities in health.”
Thank you all for your effort to further our mission to improve the health of all people, especially Missourians, through exemplary education, research and patient-centered care.
Steven Zweig, MD, MSPH
University of Missouri School of Medicine