WHO: University of Missouri-Kansas City students, staff and faculty
WHAT: UMKC is poised to become a partner in a world-class medical research institute that could transform both the state of medical care, and the economy, of our region. The concept for a proposed Jackson County institute for translational medicine — a collaboration among UMKC, Children’s Mercy , Saint Luke’s Health System and the Kansas City Area Life Sciences Institute — calls for a half-cent sales tax in Jackson County that would raise an estimated $40 million a year to attract world-class researchers, and to provide them with the equipment and support staff necessary to develop discoveries, treatments and cures. The tax would sunset in 20 years.
WHERE: The institute would be built on Hospital Hill, near UMKC’s Schools of Dentistry, Medicine, Nursing and Health Studies and Pharmacy. UMKC’s translational research involves those schools as well as the Schools of Computing and Engineering, Biological Sciences, and social sciences in the College of Arts and Sciences. The Hall family and Hall Family Foundation will donate $75 million for the building if voters approve the initiative.
WHY: UMKC health research is focused on illnesses that affect children and the elderly; and often have a disproportionate effect on minority populations. They include heart disease, asthma, diabetes, glaucoma, osteoporosis, obesity and addiction. With this institute, those treatments will arrive even faster, and they will arrive first right here in this community. It would mean $8 million a year for UMKC research, would bring in more jobs and economic development.
HOW: Vote November 5