The University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine, Kansas City Area Life Sciences Institute and Missouri Cures Education Foundation are presenting a program about the latest in medical treatments that affect area residents from 7:30 to 9 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 2 in Theatre A of the UMKC School of Medicine.
Among the speakers, Nelson Sabates, chair of the Department of Ophthalmology and director of Vision Research at UMKC, will discuss new advancements being made at the Vision Research Center at UMKC in the treatment of eye diseases, including age-related macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy and glaucoma. He will highlight the prevalence of these conditions and the urgency to find novel therapies to help prevent these conditions and halt their progression. Anne Foundas, the recently hired chair of the new Department of Neurology and Cognitive Neuroscience, also will be presenting.
Wayne Carter will discuss the initiative for the Translational Medicine Institute, on the ballot Nov. 5 in Jackson County. The institute — a partnership between UMKC, KCALSI, Children’s Mercy and Saint Luke’s Health System — would mean $800 million additional research dollars over 20 years that would create more grant funding, jobs, economic development and, most importantly, cures and treatments.