Kansas City Area Life Sciences Institute: Advancing Regional Life Sciences
KCALSI At A Glance: Updates on significant life science activities in the Kansas City region

February 2015

Children’s Mercy Hospital Plans a $2.2 Million Expansion in Wichita, Kansas. 

By June the outreach clinic will have 11,000 square feet of clinic space in Wichita – more than doubling its size – but more importantly, it will add more specialized physicians. 
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MRIGlobal Wins $14.8 Million Contract 

The money awarded to MRIGlobal will be used to develop an end-to-end next generation sequencing system for clinical diagnosis of infectious diseases. Learn more »

Kansas State Engineer Receives $500,000 Award 

Gurpreet Singh, assistant professor of mechanical and nuclear engineering, has received a National Science Foundation CAREER award for his nanotechnology research. The award will also help organize educational activities for high school students and teachers. 
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Venture Capital Funding for Health IT Doubles in 2014

Funding in 2014 came in at $4.7 billion in 670 deals, compared with $2.2 billion and 571 deals in 2013 with mobile apps seeing the most growth in the healthcare sector.
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Proteon Therapeutics, Inc. Rings the NASDAQ Opening Bell 

Local founder Dr. Nick Franano’s company, which develops pharmaceuticals to address the medical needs of patients with kidney and vascular diseases, rang the bell on February 9th, 2015. 
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University of Missouri-Kansas City and Truman Medical Centers Team with Cerner Corp.

A new collaboration will allow the UMKC and Truman Medical Centers to use big data from Cerner Corp. to gain insight on local health and how to improve care. Learn more »

The University of Kansas Cancer Center and Truman Medical Center Join Forces

This new partnership will help kick off a regional biobank network dedicated to improving cancer research. Learn more »

Children’s Mercy Hospital Dealing with Mysterious Neurologic Condition

At least 112 children in 34 states have developed sudden, severe muscle weakness, officially known as acute flaccid myelitis, since September. The cause of this disability – and how to treat it and prevent it – remains unknown. Learn more »

Saint Luke’s Screens Student Athletes for Potentially Life Threatening Heart Conditions

New evidence shows that a simple test can help save a child's life, especially if they're involved in sports. This program, making its way through schools across the Kansas City metropolitan area, is helping to detect potential problems before they become fatal. 
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Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences Hosts Panel and Reception for Kansas City’s Three New Medical School Deans

Each of the three deans (from KCU, UMKC and KU School of Medicine) shares a dedication to enhancing health care within the region. The panel provided an opportunity to discuss the three schools’ growing partnership, as well as each dean’s vision and mission for their school. Learn more »  

University of Missouri Project Aims to Improve Quality of, Access to Health Care for Children with Autism

As more children are diagnosed with autism, the demand for physicians specializing in autism has increased. To meet the growing demand for autism care, an MU researcher is leading an effort to deliver specialized training to primary care providers. Learn more »

K-State's College of Veterinary Medicine establishing Center of Outcomes Research and Education

A new Center for Outcomes Research and Education, or CORE, at Kansas State University will focus on improving effectiveness and efficiency in animal health care and its associated impacts on human health. Learn more »

Saint Luke's Study Sheds Light on Common Liver Disease

Gastroenterologists show patients with inflammatory bowel disease are significantly more likely to have liver disease. Learn more »

Kansas City is in the Running for National Health Award 

The city is one of 15 finalists nationwide for the Culture of Health prize conferred annually by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), a highly regarded health foundation based in Princeton, N.J. Learn more »

Connections between Medical Students, Mentors Help Promote Understanding of Aging

In 15 years, the United States will have an estimated 72 million residents over the age of 65. A program at the University of Missouri focuses on teaching students how to care for older adults. Learn more »

Introducing Pipeline's 2015 Fellows

The entrepreneurial organization welcomed new individuals for year-long business leadership development program that blends workshop modules, advice from national experts, and a deepening of the relationships among new and current Pipeline Members.
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