Pillars of Pursuit

Biomedical Innovations

Biomedical Innovations Pillar

MU is home to the only biomedical engineering degree program at a public institution in the state.

The recently formed Biomedical, Biological and Chemical Engineering Department will break down the walls that inhibit collaboration, leading to potentially groundbreaking research results. In turn, these world-class projects benefit our students in terms of undergraduate and graduate research opportunities.

  • Mizzou Engineering researchers in Biomedical Innovations are performing cutting edge research and have received funding from federal agencies such as the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and National Science Foundation (NSF). In addition, they have received private and industrial funding to fast-track research in the biomedical realm in ways few other institutions can match.
  • Awarded in 2018, a four-year $2.3 million NIH R01 grant will help the University of Missouri empower persons living in independent living housing to better self-manage their own health, while a 2017 award from NSF enables researchers from the University of Missouri to tackle a new 3D tissue engineering approach that may lead to new treatments for those suffering from osteoarthritis.

The College of Engineering has positioned itself as a leader in interdisciplinary study and innovative approaches to diagnostic research and treatment of a variety of disorders and health care needs.

  • The MU Center for Eldercare and Rehabilitation Technology, founded by researchers from the College of Engineering and School of Nursing, is an interdisciplinary group of researchers and staff formed with the goal of developing new technology to help senior citizens age in place longer and with greater ease. The combination of engineering and clinical expertise allows eldercare issues to be tackled from all angles.
  • In addition, Mizzou Engineering faculty researchers have partnered with the Thompson Center for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders on projects relating to the detection, diagnosis and treatment of autism and other neurodevelopmental disorders.
  • MU’s University Hospital is the only designated Level I Trauma Center in central Missouri, and the UM Health System encompasses numerous facilities, including the Missouri Orthopaedic Institute, Missouri Psychiatric Center, the Human Performance Institute, Ellis Fischel Cancer Center and MU Women’s and Children’s Hospital.
  • In addition to research capabilities, MU is one of only six public institutions in the nation to support schools of medicine, law and business on a single campus.
  • Add the College of Engineering and School of Veterinary Medicine, along with the MU Research Reactor, and MU is uniquely positioned to take novel technologies and turn them into licensed, marketable products.
  • On Mizzou’s campus, researchers can take their projects from the idea stage all the way to the marketplace, from benchtop to bedside, a process few colleges and universities can match.

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