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For Missouri, for Society, for the World

Dedicated to solving the world’s greatest health challenges, the University of Missouri’s NextGen Precision Health research will provide a game-changing return on investment through healthier communities, economic development and educational opportunities. 

Scott Rector, PhD collecting data on research participant who is wearing a mask and walking on a treadmill
Scott Rector, PhD, is a researcher with the Internal Medicine-Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology/NEP. His lab takes a translational approach to examineschronic conditions, employing strategies in cell culture systems, small and large animal models, and intervention studies in humans. Justin Kelley/MU Health Care photo

Life-Changing Solutions

Continuing Mizzou’s legacy of service-oriented research and outreach, the NextGen Precision Health initiative will utilize high-tech and high-touch approaches to address critical health challenges in major urban centers and underserved rural communities. We are developing: 

  • Personalized cancer vaccines and immunotherapy
  • Live cancer treatments that manipulate gut bacteria
  • "Smart" bandages that give feedback during wound healing
  • Big data approaches to understanding virus transmission
  • Clinical trials to improve life with diabetes
  • New interventions for smoking addiction
  • Five-minute brain exams for children and PTSD patients
  • Gene therapy treatments for muscular dystrophy
  • Overcoming health disparities in Missouri

Beyond the Benefits of Better Health Care

Our statewide precision health initiative will enable collaboration and ongoing discovery, speeding the development of precision health treatments, preventions and technologies, while empowering economic growth and healthier communities.

Students will also reap major benefits from the initiative. Undergraduate, graduate and medical students will train in the rich environment of a leading research enterprise, learning from skilled scientists and industry leaders how to transform research into deliverable technologies. The skills and connections that students develop during their involvement with NextGen Precision Health will serve them for their entire career as they go on to become world-leading researchers, entrepreneurs and practitioners.

Undergraduate, graduate and professional students working in labs and clinics

As we educate the next generation, the initiative will demonstrate the importance of working together across disciplines to better address the needs of our society. Ultimately, these efforts will provide valuable experience for future professionals and fuel the state’s development of a highly-skilled workforce. 

Illustration: Return on investment process. Investment, strategic partnerships and collaboration, foundational research and innovations, accelerated path to market, economic impact, healthier communities.

One of the boldest and most innovative investments in MU history, economic impact studies forecast that NextGen Precision Health will:

  • Attract and increase federal and industry funding
  • Spur new technologies and businesses
  • Add an estimated $5.6 billion to Missouri’s real GDP over the next 25 years
  • Improve access and reduce indirect health care expenses for those living in rural areas
  • Provide invaluable training for Missouri’s next generation of scientists, teachers and researchers

“The NextGen Precision Health initiative is a bold plan with the potential to transform the health care industry around the world. It is exciting to know that Missouri will be home to such an innovative, state-of-the-art facility. This initiative is a great example of collaboration between state government, The University of Missouri, and the private sector to conduct breakthrough research that will ultimately improve the health and quality of life of all Missourians.”

—Governor Mike Parson

Supporting Mizzou’s Research Mission

As a land-grant university and Missouri’s only public research and doctoral-level institution, the University of Missouri’s mission is to achieve excellence in the discovery, dissemination, preservation and application of knowledge.

NextGen Precision Health will catalyze innovation to advance the educational, health, cultural, social and economic interests of Missouri, the nation and the world. To achieve this, our precision health work won’t be limited to our laboratories. Mizzou is home to exceptional public health, extension, business and journalism programs that will play key roles in delivering the benefits of NextGen Precision Health research into our communities. We will not only accelerate scientific discovery and produce life-changing health care solutions, but also strengthen our fundamental research,  educational and outreach missions, cementing Mizzou’s reputation as a world-class research institution.

NextGen Reinforces Mizzou’s AAU Status

MU is one of only 65 public and private universities invited to membership in the prestigious Association of American Universities. AAU membership helps Mizzou attract external funding and recruit top faculty and students.

7,000 New Jobs by 2045

Bolstering Missouri with the skilled graduates forward-thinking companies need.

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$5.6 Billion GDP Increase

Reducing health care costs, lowering the number of employee hours lost due to medical reasons and increasing Missouri’s real GDP by $5.6 billion over the next 25 years.