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NextGen Discovery Series – April 13, 2023


The NextGen Precision Health Discovery Series provides learning opportunities for UM System faculty and staff across disciplines, the statewide community and our other partners to learn about the scope of precision health research and identify potential collaborative opportunities. The series consists of monthly lectures geared toward a broad multidisciplinary audience so all can participate and appreciate the spectrum of precision health efforts. 

Information about this upcoming talk, including continuing education, is available below.

For questions about this event or any others in the Discovery Series, please reach out to Veronica Lemme at


"Overcoming Challenges of Using Swine Models for Neurodegenerative Diseases"

Speaker: Kiho Lee, PhD, Associate Professor, College of Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources, University of Missouri

Date: April 13, 2023, noon-1 p.m.

Location: Tom and Linda Atkins Family Seminar Room, Roy Blunt NextGen Precision Health building


Swine models closely recapitulate clinical signs and symptoms, therefore serving as an ideal preclinical model for many diseases also found in humans. By utilizing genetic modification, these swine models mirror clinical conditions. However, as a large animal species, unique challenges emerge as the animal models are used for research. The seminar will illustrate strategies to establish swine models by utilizing genome editing systems and discuss models that represent neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease.

About the SpeakerKiho Lee

Kiho Lee graduated from Seoul National University with a bachelor's degree in Animal Sciences. He received his master’s and PhD from Purdue University, and post-doc training from the University of Missouri-Columbia. While at the University of Missouri, he generated immune-deficient pigs that could support growth and proliferation of human induced pluripotent stem cells. He is currently an associate professor in the Division of Animal Sciences at the University of Missouri. Dr. Lee’s lab currently focuses on designing genetically engineered large animal models for agriculture and biomedicine. 


Continuing Professional Education Credit

Successful Completion of this activity, which includes participating in the educational offering, participating in the evaluation process and completing the verification of attendance, enables the learner to satisfy the requirements for continuing education.

Nursing Contact Hours

University of Missouri Sinclair School of Nursing is approved as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the Midwest Multistate Division, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation (ANCC). 

1.0 contact hour may be awarded.


The University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians. 

The University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine designates this live educational activity for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should only claim the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Financial Relationships

Current ACCME and Midwest Multistate Division, ANCC rules state that participants in continuing education activities should be made aware of any relevant affiliation or financial interest in the previous 24 months that may affect the planning of an educational activity or a speaker’s presentation(s). Each planning committee member and speaker has been requested to complete a financial relationship reporting form for the NextGen Precision Health Discovery Series. No planning committee member or speaker has a relevant financial interest.