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Summit Purpose

  • New partnerships for research innovation
  • Identification of regulatory changes, legislation and institutional streamlining that will accelerate the transfer of knowledge from the laboratory to businesses
  • Ideas for product and service development that will guide private sector investment and demonstrate the need for a supportive government infrastructure
  • Insight about ways to collaborate with university researchers and other partners to transfer new technologies
  • New information on how to leverage the assets of universities, financial markets and business investment to create companies and jobs that will strengthen the economic foundations of the region

Business Journals Supplement

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Public-Private Partnerships for One Health

Regional leaders discuss opportunities to leverage promising animal and human health research and development in the areas of diagnostics, therapeutics and prevention.


Robert Duncan, vice chancellor for research, University of Missouri-Columbia


Rebecca A. Johnson, Millsap professor of gerontological nursing, University of Missouri-Columbia Sinclair School of Nursing; director, Research Center for Human Animal Interaction, MU College of Veterinary Medicine MOspace page available Abstract

Given the large proportion of households that include pets, this is perhaps a most important time to consider human-companion animal interaction as a vehicle to facilitate One Health (human-animal health). The potential benefits of this interaction is worthy of exploration for a number of health problems, such as obesity. The presentation will describe a program of research aimed at testing dog walking as an intervention aimed at improving physical activity and health for humans and dogs. The implications for public private partnerships will be discussed.

Chris Fulcher, co-director, Center for Applied Research and Environmental Systems, College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources, University of Missouri-Columbia MOspace page available Abstract

The Center for Applied Research and Environmental Systems (CARES) at the University of Missouri-Columbia has a long history of integrating Internet accessibility with emerging technologies to assist underserved, under-resourced, and special needs communities, organizations and populations, and decision makers and researchers. Our center’s decision support framework requires ongoing monitoring and updating of existing datasets and scanning for additional datasets. These datasets, which include socio-economic, demographic, health, jurisdictional, political, environmental, and infrastructure data, serve as a distinctive foundation for addressing a myriad of public policy issues.


CARES capabilities enable data users to: (1) geographically visualize community, regional, and national-level data via the Internet; (2) integrate new spatial data and overlay these data to conduct location-specific analyses; and (3) generate maps, dynamic reports, and “what if” scenarios that utilize the integrated nature of these information systems. CARES utilizes a variety of hardware and software. We have 15 full time staff, including several trained and certified staff for hardware, software, database and operating system support as well as access to extensive campus resources in these areas.

Tom Sack, senior vice president and director of technical operations, Midwest Research Institute, Kansas City MOspace page available Abstract

Wayne Carter, vice president, clinical nutrition, Hill's Pet Nutrition Inc., Topeka, Kan.

Richard E. Donahue, chairman of the board, Shor-Line/Schroer Manufacturing Co., Kansas City, Kan. MOspace page available Abstract

Shor-Line has been a part of the animal health industry since the company's founding in 1927. In the early years, Shor-Line's involvement related mainly to large animal applications. Back then the local vet took care of your livestock, but your dog took care of itself. As the country became more urban and affluent, societal attitudes toward pets matured. What followed was a growing demand for advanced medical care for companion animals. This movement has manifested into the migration of various human treatments, technologies and "luxuries" into animal care. Cancer therapies, digital imaging and fully furnished suites for animal boarding are common in veterinary practices today. A developing area in which Shor-Line has become particularly interested is animal rehabilitation. Treadmills, therapeutic lasers and ultrasound are used today for these purposes. This area will be the focus of Donahue's remarks.

Presented by the four campuses of the University of Missouri System
University of Missouri-ColumbiaUniversity of Missouri-Kansas CityMissouri University of Science and TechnologyUniversity of Missouri-St. Louis
Featuring experts from University of Missouri-Columbia, University of Missouri-Kansas City, Missouri University of Science and Technology, University of Missouri-St. Louis, University of Kansas, University of Kansas Medical Center, Kansas State University, St. Louis University, Washington University in St. Louis, Iowa State University and the University of Saskatchewan, as well as business leaders, venture capitalists and policy makers