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World-Class Research Spaces

The NextGen Precision Health building is a state-of-the-art facility at the University of Missouri-Columbia that is available to all UM System researchers. It is located adjacent to the MU Health Care and Truman VA hospitals.

As part of the statewide initiative, this world-class facility brings expert health researchers and clinicians together under one roof in search of solutions to the world’s greatest health challenges.

The building provides the facilities and resources needed to integrate multidisciplinary laboratory space with advanced analytical instrumentation, computational processing and pilot-scale manufacturing to create a comprehensive precision health research pipeline that encompasses the entire university system.

Photo of NextGen building.

Building Features

Features of the 265,000-square-foot complex include:

  • State-of-the art collision/collaboration space designed with an open laboratory concept
  • Educational resources, including large and small conference rooms with advanced audio/visual capabilities
  • Multidisciplinary laboratory space
  • Clinical Translational Science Unit for physiological and cognitive testing of human study participants
  • MAGNETOM Terra 7 Tesla (7T) MRI scanner
  • In-building access to PET/CT, Cryo-EM and high-resolution electron microscopy
  • Integrated informatics and data analytics spaces
  • Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) spaces for pilot-scale manufacturing
  • Clean rooms for tissue engineering and device fabrication
  • Physical co-location with MU Health hospital system, facilitating clinical collaboration

The Research Tower contains a multitude of both dry and wet lab facilities, as well as meeting and conference areas where researchers, graduate students and others can come together to discuss collaborative projects.

The Innovation Tower is the public facing facility and include graduate student work spaces, seminar rooms and a large multipurpose space, a visualization center and investigator offices.

The Clinical and Translational Science Unit (CTSU) is a 15,700-square-foot hub for clinical and translational research activities and supports first-in-human clinical testing, physiological assessments, exercise testing, nutrition studies, device studies and Phase 0-IV pharmaceutical clinical trials. The CTSU is staffed with highly skilled research nurses and advanced care practitioners, clinical research coordinators, research assistants, a research lab technician and an exercise physiologist.

The NextGen Center for Imaging is a state-of-the-art facility featuring the Siemens MAGNETOM Terra 7 Tesla MRI, which helps clinicians detect the source of certain health problems earlier and provide more precise treatment. Additionally, the Siemens Virtual Cockpit enables remote scanning assistance, allowing transformation of care delivery and a higher level of standardization that leads to more accurate diagnoses.

The University of Missouri is home to the most advanced electron microscopy core facility in the Midwest in the Roy Blunt NextGen Precision Health building. The Electron Microscopy Core (EMC) houses a world-class suite of instrumentation capable of addressing research questions across virtually all fields in both materials and life sciences. The EMC serves investigators from academia and industry and offers assistance from project design through execution and delivery.


The NextGen building also includes a number of instruments and equipment that can be used by researchers across campus and elsewhere. Visit Shared Equipment to learn more.

Location is Key

The institute’s physical location adjacent to MU Health Care's hospitals and clinics and near the following MU campus research facilities enables collaborative collisions that accelerate transformative health care innovation. This includes easy access to MU's Research Centers and Resources, and Advanced Technology Core Facilities.