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President's Highlights - Nov. 2021

Showcasing our Momentum

Today, we’re introducing a revamped President’s Highlights that will continue to feature successes across our four universities. This special single-topic edition spotlights our recent October grand opening of the state-of-the-art facility anchoring our systemwide NextGen Precision Health initiative. As we head into the holidays, we want to thank everyone across our institutions who is contributing to this initiative that will improve and save lives in Missouri and beyond.

Ribbon Cutting

Photo gallery: NextGen grand opening

On Oct. 19, the University of Missouri celebrated the grand opening of the Roy Blunt NextGen Precision Health building. The event brought in all four universities, as well as federal and state leaders to debut the $221 million and 265,000-square-foot facility. The research coming from this facility will accelerate lifesaving discoveries, pulling together an exceptional set of resources under one roof.


Francis Collins

National attention

“Breakthroughs that happen here will affect lives of people who don't even know that we're here today,” said NIH Director Francis Collins, who traveled to Columbia to be part of the event. Watch the full address.







Chancellors at NextGen Grand Opening Roy Blunt and Grand Opening

University partnerships

Hear the shared vision of all university chancellors about the vast potential of NextGen’s future and its connection to historic research breakthroughs across the UM System.

Senatorial support

In September, the University of Missouri Board of Curators named the building in honor of U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt and his longtime support of our university, higher education and medical research.

Art meets science

While science is the focus of NextGen, the opening events included our incredible performing arts with two original pieces: a dance choreographed through UMKC’s dance department and a composition from an MU graduate student.


Keep up with NextGen

Stay updated via monthly lectures from the NextGen Precision Health Discovery Series.

Reviewed 2021-11-17