MU program awarded six grants totaling about $600,000

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COLUMBIA - The University of Missouri's Coulter Translational Partnership Program awarded six grants totaling about $600,000.

The grants help launch biomedical research projects from laboratory study to health care innovations. The six research teams each include a faculty member from the MU College of Engineering and the MU School of Medicine.

Funding for the research projects is provided by a $5 million partnership between MU and the Wallace H. Coulter Foundation.

MU's Coulter program provides annual awards to research projects. A committee of entrepreneurs, researchers and capital investors review the proposed projects.

The six projects include:

  • Improve wireless communication from outside to inside the body
  • Identify tuberculosis
  • Early breast cancer detection
  • Engineered knee cartilage
  • Improved success rates of cartilage transplants
  • Gold nanoparticles for cancer detection

MU is one of 15 academic institutions in the country and the only one in Missouri offering a Coulter Translational Program.

Jeff Hoelscher of the MU Health System said each of the six teams received about $100,000 each. There are a total of 11 researchers.

For more information on the six grants, click here.