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Global Health Challenges Meet Missouri Solutions

Our vision: Accelerate innovations in precision health that improve health outcomes for Missourians and the world

Our mission: Revolutionize health care for our citizens, eliminate health care disparities, and transform community health through cross-disciplinary collaborations of world-class academic researchers in partnership with government agencies and industry leaders


At the University of Missouri, we're taking on society's biggest health care challenges, expanding our research efforts and working tirelessly to bring precision health to patients, no matter where they live. From major urban centers to underserved rural communities, NextGen Precision Health is dedicated to delivering the next generation of personalized health care solutions.

Jaapna Dhillon, PhD, is a researcher and assistant professor of nutrition and exercise physiology at the University of Missouri.
Jaapna Dhillon, PhD, researcher and assistant professor of nutrition and exercise physiology. MU Health Care photo

A systemwide Foundation for Success

Our UM System network of highly skilled researchers, energetic students, well-established partnerships, and critical infrastructure uniquely position us to generate important discoveries, safer treatments, faster diagnostics and transformational outcomes for patients in need. The breadth of our expertise spans across four universities — each with unique research strengths.

About our universities

Rural Missourians carry a disproportionate burden of disease-related death and have more difficulty accessing the health care services they need.

Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, 2018-2019 Biennial Report

Missouri has the 12th highest rate of death due to cancer out of the 50 U.S. states.

Centers for Disease Control, National Center for Health Statistics, 2017

With new approaches, 34% of deaths from heart disease are preventable.

Centers for Disease Control, National Center for Health Statistics, 2008–2010

Kidney disease is closely linked to vascular health and diabetes. Our state is ranked 4th for most kidney disease deaths in the country.

Centers for Disease Control, National Center for Health Statistics, 2017

1 in 56 deaths in Missouri was caused by opioid overdose.

Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, 2018

Missouri adults experience Frequent Mental Distress at higher rates than the national average.

CDC, Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, 2018

Helping More People, Faster

Set to open in the fall of 2021 on the MU campus, the NextGen Precision Health building will provide talented minds from across the UM System with a new $220.8 million, cutting-edge research facility dedicated to solving our most pressing health concerns. Designed to empower interdisciplinary collaboration as the cornerstone of the initiative, the building will provide the collaborative nexus for activity focused on speeding the path to new treatments and making them accessible to people in need, faster than ever before.

The single largest research investment on campus, this state-of-the-art, 265,000-square-foot facility promises to improve health for millions of people around the world through translational precision health care research. This innovative bench-to-bedside approach will translate crucial lab research into new life-changing interventions, medicines, technologies and treatments, specifically designed to improve an individual's health based on their condition arising from unique genes, environment and lifestyle.

NextGen Precision Health Institute architectural rendering
Architectural rendering of the NextGen Precision Health facility, currently under construction in Columbia, Missouri

The Future of Health, Built on the Strengths of Mizzou

As one of only six public universities in the country with schools or colleges of medicine, veterinary medicine, agriculture, engineering, arts and science, law and a powerful research reactor — all on one campus — Mizzou is uniquely positioned to meet the challenges of precision health. Our position is further strengthened by MU Health, our academic health system that is home to groundbreaking research with headquarters located right next to the NextGen Precision Health building. Combining our collective expertise and world-class resources will allow MU researchers to effectively analyze and develop solutions to our critical health challenges and deliver treatments with access for all, improving the lives of people living in urban, rural and remote communities.

Illustration: MU logo inside outline of state of Missouri. Web of icons representing many disciplines contributing to NextGen work.

Aligning Mizzou's strengths behind NextGen Precision Health

What is precision health?

Precision health will develop interventions for individuals and populations to improve health outcomes. By using translational science to incorporate individual factors, such as genetics, environment and lifestyle, precision health accelerates the benefits of discovery, from cells to society.

Research & Solutions

“The whole point of it is to help more people faster. At the end of the day, that’s really what makes this whole NextGen Precision Health initiative just fantastic. It’s what will change the outcome for so many people.”

—Robert McDonald, father of child with Duchenne muscular dystrophy