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The Future of Health Care, Now

Medical advances belong in the hands of doctors, patients and the greater community, not on a laboratory shelf. The NextGen Precision Health building is accelerating precision health research and development by coordinating the work of scientists, clinicians, community organizations, industry leaders and federal and state agencies so that they can work together to streamline the process of developing solutions for patients faster.


Every hour more than three new cases of cancer are diagnosed in Missouri. University of Missouri investigators are developing new ways to prevent, find, image and treat cancers with drugs and patients’ own immune systems to transform the future of health care.

Cardiovascular and Metabolic Disorders 

Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of mortality in Missouri and worldwide, with obesity and diabetes representing the primary instigators. Renewed and intensified research efforts are required to lessen this colossal burden. MU investigators are using state-of-the-art high-resolution imaging, molecular and functional measures, genetic manipulations and computational modeling to develop novel, patient-based strategies for preventing and treating cardiovascular and metabolic disease.


Many Missourians are affected by nervous system disorders, including neurodegenerative diseases, sleep disorders and addiction. NextGen neuroscientists are developing new ways to use brain imaging and neural devices to understand and treat brain disorders, as well as train the next generation of neuroscientists.

Altes 7T

“The 7T generates higher-resolution images than other less-powerful devices, which allows our researchers and clinicians studying conditions like epilepsy, Parkinson’s, multiple sclerosis and Alzheimer’s to detect lesions and other abnormalities that are not visible on other MRI scans. This level of detail is extremely valuable when researching these diseases and helping our patients.”

- Talissa Altes, MD