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Fifty Years in the Making

Missouri Institute of Mental Health (MIMH) celebrates 50 years of improving behavioral health.

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Turning off the Immune System

Two UMSL researchers have collaborated to find a way to “turn off” the immune system when it overreacts. 

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UMKC Faculty Develops New Biometrics Technology

Reza Derakhshani developed a new technology to scan the whites of the eyes as a means for biometric identification.

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Combating Foot and Mouth Disease

New research seeks to prevent the spread of Foot and Mouth Disease and the devastating effects an outbreak would bring to the livestock industry.

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Innovative Expansion Plan for Discovery Ridge Research Park

Officials say architecturally novel facility could help transform economy in mid-Missouri

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Experimental Mine Tops ‘Awesome Labs’ Rankings

For the second year in a row, the Experimental Mine at Missouri University of Science and Technology - home to a popular summer Explosives Camp for high school juniors and seniors - tops a list of "Awesome College Labs" as determined by Popular Science magazine.

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Shelter Dogs Ease Transition Home for Veterans

A University of Missouri professor is conducting a unique study that will give military veterans a “training buddy” to help them cope while helping shelter dogs become more adoptable. The Central Missouri Humane Society is supplying the dogs involved in the study..

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UMSL’s Research Faculty Ranks in Top 10 in U.S.

All the papers, citations, grants and awards produced by research faculty at the University of Missouri–St. Louis last year landed the school in the top 10 in the nation for scholarly production among universities with less than 15 doctoral programs.

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Grant will help UMKC Develop Students into Future Leaders

The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation today announced a $3.2 million grant over five years to create the KC STEM Alliance

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Hands-on Research gives Missouri Students an Advantage

Undergraduate research programs at MU allow students to explore the unknown through hands-on work with faculty members.

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Mentoring the Next Generation of Entrepreneurs

The E Scholars Program at UMKC is a campus-wide program designed to prepare promising student entrepreneurs with the skills and knowledge needed to launch world-class scalable ventures upon graduation from the program.

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Pasture-ized

Hoffman’s dairy is a pasture-based system. In contrast to conventional dairies that feed cows grain in a confined area, Hoffman’s operation uses intensive rotational grazing.

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Burkemper's Brew

Stu Burkemper started brewing in college. He wanted to save a little money and make a quality product. His interest grew, and after a summer internship with O’Fallon Brewery and training with the Siebel Institute of Technology and World Brewing Academy, Burkemper, BS Ag ’07, of Moscow Mills, Mo., landed a dream job.

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Study Finds New Affects of BPA in Animals

The latest research from the University of Missouri shows that BPA causes male deer mice to become demasculinized and behave more like females in their spatial navigational abilities, leading scientists to conclude that exposure to BPA during human development could be damaging to behavioral and cognitive traits that are unique to each sex and important in reproduction.

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MU Researchers Study Effects of Online Comments

Researchers at the University of Missouri have found that angry user-generated comments on Internet sites can further perpetuate negative perceptions of an organization undergoing the crisis.

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Growing Missouri’s Competitive Edge

At the March 2011 board meeting, Board of Curators Chair Warren K. Erdman focused on the many ways the UM System campuses are Advancing Missouri’s Competitiveness

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Research Experience helps Missouri S&T Grad with Congressional Job

Working as an intern in the Missouri S&T Archives proved to be good preparation for Katy Bloomberg, a 2006 history graduate who now works in Washington, D.C., in the Defense Department as a program analyst at the Commission on Wartime Contracting.

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Class Inspires UMKC Student to Market New Product

Jorge Colman, a junior Electrical and Computer Engineering student in the UMKC School of Computing and Engineering, has developed a device that allows iPhone and iPad users to wirelessly watch and manipulate applications on their TV, monitor or projector.

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UMKC Program Fosters Student Entrepreneurship

A program in the Henry W. Bloch School's Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at UMKC has an outcome that's more than just a grade — it's a real business with money making potential.

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New, Thinner Solar Panels through Nanotechnology Research

A new type of panel that an MU professor helped develop could make collecting solar energy much easier and make other technical processes more energy efficient. The panels are paper thin and have tiny antennas embedded in them. They capture energy from 90% of the light spectrum, compared to current photovoltaic panels that only capture about a third of the spectrum.

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Common Thread among Neurological Diseases Studied at Missouri S&T

Researchers at Missouri University of Science and Technology are trying to get proteins to create the sticky plaque often associated with neurological diseases like Alzheimer's, Parkinson's and even Mad Cow.

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MU Extension provides Bakery with Business Expertise

First impressions are everything for Brandon Kelley. At B.K. Bakery those impressions taste like German chocolate cake, cranberry orange scones and many other pastries.

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Missouri S&T Researchers to Study Ocean Basins 

Researchers at Missouri University of Science and Technology have been awarded $873,880 by the National Science Foundation to study how continental rifts create ocean basins.

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MU Spinoff Partners to Develop Drugs Using Nanotechnology

Nanopartical Biochem Inc. was formed in 2004 as a spinoff of MU, and their research in biotechnology has the potential to change many things we deal with on a daily basis.

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Parsley, Celery Contain Compound to Fight Breast Cancer

Parsley is usually used as a decorative accent to a scrumptious meal, but don’t set it aside just yet. In a new study, a University of Missouri researcher has found that a compound in parsley and other plant products, including fruits and nuts, can stop certain breast cancer tumor cells from multiplying and growing.

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Plant Science Center helps Missouri Remake Economy

A public-private partnership called the Missouri Plant Science Center is Mexico, Mo.’s latest attempt to remake its economy from a traditional, smokestack, manufacturing base into an economy that can compete in a world where high-tech jobs mean more and more.

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Eating Breakfast helps Prevent Overeating

Mom always told you to eat a good breakfast. Now there's research proof from the University of Missouri that teens who eat a healthy breakfast, particularly one rich in protein, can curb their appetite and prevent overeating later in the day.

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Glass Fiber Developed at Missouri S&T Helps Heal Wounds

Hard-to-heal open wounds may have met their match in the form of a cottony glass material developed at Missouri University of Science and Technology.

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Pain-free way to Check Blood Glucose Moving to Market

People with diabetes could soon have a pain-free way to check their blood glucose levels thanks to researchers at the University of Missouri–St. Louis who have developed a portable, inexpensive non-invasive blood glucose detector.

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CAFNR Works to Improve Sustainability, Appeal of ‘Soy Chicken’

It's well known that cholesterol-friendly, soybean-based food is good for our hearts. While the ersatz materials can be made to taste like the real thing, they usually feel a little funny in the mouth.  That could change soon. Fu-Hung Hsieh, a University of Missouri professor of biological engineering and food science at the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources, is finishing a project to create a soy product that looks, feels, pulls apart and, most importantly, chews like real chicken.

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A Vision of Hope

In the United States, more than 9 million people older than age 40 have age-related macular degeneration (AMD). By the year 2030, an estimated 20 million Americans will have been diagnosed with this disease that destroys one’s sharp, central vision that is needed to see objects clearly and perform tasks such as reading and driving.

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Study Could Lead to Better Corn Plants

A University of Missouri researcher has received a $6.6 million grant from the National Science Foundation to lead a research team to study the genes that control the movement of carbohydrates in corn. This research may lead to increased yield, more drought resistant plants, larger plants and easier production of biofuels.

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UMKC Researcher Works to Reduce Sepsis Infections

When a team of scientists in Portugal were looking for someone to fill in some key blanks in their recently published collaborative research on sepsis, they immediately set their sights on Ann Smith’s laboratory at UMKC.

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Key to Maintaining Bone Mineral Content

Researchers at the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) School of Dentistry have identified an important new mechanism in the process by which bones build and maintain both strength and elasticity. The results of their most recent findings were published in the January 21 issue of the Journal of Biological Chemistry.

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Kneedy: The Future of Arthritis Care

Arthritic joints, especially knees, hobble millions of Americans and cost billions in treatments that yield so-so results. No cure exists. Or does it? Now MU researchers including Jimi Cook are poised to offer a new treatment that could revolutionize arthritis care.

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MU Chemist Discovers Shortcut for Processing Drugs

Jerry Atwood, Curator’s Professor and Chair of the Department of Chemistry in the MU College of Arts and Science, has recently published a paper – his 663rd in a refereed journal – that states that highly pressurized carbon dioxide at room temperature could replace the time consuming and expensive methods currently used to manufacture certain pharmaceutical drugs.

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Nuisance Tree Brings a New MRSA Treatment

A team of researchers from the University of Missouri presented promising evidence that a compound from a pesky plant could possibly be used to treat acne and infections.

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ADAM-12 Gene Could Hold Key to Cancer, Arthritis and Cardiac Treatments

ADAM-12 is not only the name of a 1970’s television police drama – it’s also the gene that University of Missouri researchers believe could be an important element in the fight against cancer, arthritis, and cardiac hypertrophy, or thickening of the heart’s walls.

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New Camera Makes Seeing the “Invisible” Possible

A research team, led by professor Reza Zoughi, has developed a handheld camera that uses millimeter and microwaves signals to peek inside materials and structures in real time.

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Infection, Not Inflammation

Aided by a new experimental model, scientists are a step closer to understanding how cystic fibrosis (CF) causes lung disease in people with the condition. The findings, published online April 28 in the journal Science Translational Medicine, could help improve treatments for lung disease, which causes most of the deaths and disability among people with CF.

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Safer Turkey Dinners

Food scientists at the University of Missouri have developed a faster and more accurate way to test poultry and eggs for live salmonella contamination.

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Healthier Snacks through Improved Soybeans

To cardiologists, there is no safe amount of trans-fat that a person can eat. The more trans-fat consumed, the greater the production of the bad cholesterol that damages the heart.

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Pumping up the Nutrition of Ice Cream

When most ice cream makers dream up new flavors of America’s favorite frozen treat, they usually look to over-the-top additions such as chocolate chunks, exotic fruits and luscious bits of cookies and candy. Ingolf Gruen is taking a different approach.

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Research Parks & Incubators

The University of Missouri System’s statewide network of research parks provides a thriving environment for discoveries to move from the laboratory to the marketplace. The atmosphere of innovation and collaboration attracts national and international tenants who create quality employment opportunities for Missouri citizens and millions of dollars of capital investment across the state.

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Office of Intellectual Property Administration

The Office of Intellectual Property Administration (OIPA) supports the economic development mission by encouraging broad practical application of university research for the public benefit; assisting those associated with the technology transfer program with evaluating, protecting, licensing and commercializing university discoveries; and carrying out new economic development initiatives designed to create jobs in Missouri.

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Funding Opportunities

The Office of Research and Economic Development is dedicated to commercializing university technologies - one of the biggest challenges to that mission is funding. To proactively combat the constant obstacle, the office has formulated different funding programs for faculty, students and innovations in all stages of the discovery process.

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Office of Research & Economic Development

The Office of Research and Economic Development was established in 2005 to link research and commercialization from the four University of Missouri System campuses with emerging and existing firms across the state and around the world. Working closely with the chief research officers, chancellors and technology transfer offices from each campus, the office also serves as a conduit to local, state and federal agencies to ensure research results aid the growth of Missouri’s economy.

The Office is dedicated to advancing Missouri through innovation, investment and infrastructure.

Our enthusiasm for these three categories revolves around the development of intellectual property, funding programs and research parks and incubators. Providing support during critical stages in university inventions’ path to the marketplace stimulates Missouri’s economy, jobs and entrepreneurship.

Our vision is to enable and lead Missouri’s transformation toward a knowledge-based economy dependent upon innovation and entrepreneurship.

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Columbia MO, 65211
Phone: 573-882-6726
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