Government Relations

UM Legislative Update Newsletter

May 6, 2005

UM-Columbia breaks ground on National Swine Research & Resource Center

Bond, who was credited with helping the project through the Congressional appropriations process, thanked the researchers for the work they are doing to build an international reputation in the life sciences. Bond went on to tell of a recent trip overseas where he met scientists who were singing the praises of UM-Columbia researchers.

"That we are able to break ground on this facility today is a testament to the outstanding scientists and their research, which sets MU apart from its peer institutions," said Chancellor Brady Deaton. "This facility provides critical support for cutting-edge research across disciplines that will improve human and animal health and fundamental knowledge around the world."

The center, which will be located just southeast of the Animal Sciences Research Center on the Columbia campus, will serve as both a repository and a distribution hub for swine models used in a variety of research. In addition, scientists at the center will conduct life-saving research. Lela Riley, John Critser, Steve Kleiboeker and Jim Turk from the College of Veterinary Medicine will join Randy Prather and Ed Rucker from the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources to operate the center. Undergraduate and graduate students also will have the opportunity to work with researchers across multiple disciplines to develop a number of projects at the center.

In September 2003, the National Institutes of Health awarded UM-Columbia nearly $10 million in research and construction grants for the project. When completed, the building will have 15,000 square feet of useable space. The expected cost of the building is $8.3 million.

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