The Thompson Foundation, created by William and Nancy Thompson, has pledged $3 million to the University of Missouri School of Medicine to create the Thompson Center for Regenerative Orthopaedics. Researchers at the new center will pursue discoveries and advances to help people with joint replacements resume family and work activities sooner and lower costs and improve access to health care. By training at the new center, surgeons and researchers will be able to spread the world-class regenerative orthopedic programs and technologies developed at the MU School of Medicine across the nation and around the globe to benefit millions of people.
“The Thompsons’ generosity and continued support for Mizzou are inspirations to the entire MU community,” MU Interim Chancellor Hank Foley said. “This gift will allow MU to further advance us as a world leader in regenerative orthopedics. This gift directly supports our primary missions of discovery and improving the health of Missourians and the world. With strong support such as this, MU will play a leading role in the future of health care.”
The new center will be housed on the fourth floor of the new addition to the Missouri Orthopaedic Institute, which is currently under construction. Recent research into regenerative orthopedics at MU includes the development of a better method to store donor tissue, and improved procedures for repairing torn knee ligaments and other joint injuries. James Cook, the William and Kathryn Allen Distinguished Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery and director of the Orthopaedic Research Division at MU, says this gift will create a unique opportunity to provide world-class care for Missourians.