School of Medicine receives $1.5 million donation

Eric Carrell

The National Institute of Health’s Heart, Lung and Blood Institute recently gave the UMKC School of Medicine a $1.5 million endowment.

The new grant will fund a postdoctoral fellowship program for cardiovascular research that will be based out of St. Luke’s Mid America Heart Institute, with a research focus in three areas: general skills for clinical research and specialized skills for outcomes research and hands-on research.

St. Luke’s is already recognized as one of the country’s leading outcome research facilities, and the new grant intends to further develop a joint venture between UMKC and St. Luke’s in clinical and outcome research in the region.

In the new program, candidates will conduct research to identify outcome variables, pinpoint areas of clinical care for improvement and engineer innovations to overcome gaps in existing healthcare.

“There is a growing regional and national need for more scholars in cardiovascular outcomes and quality of care research,” said John Spertus, M.D., Daniel J. Lauer/Missouri Endowed Chair and Professor at the UMKC School of Medicine and Clinical Director of Outcomes Research at the Mid America Heart Institute. “This program will expand and improve our existing American Heart Association-funded training program, which has grown to be the central unifying outcomes research program in the region and serves as the primary training program in cardiovascular outcomes research for UMKC, KU, the University of Iowa and Washington University in St. Louis.”

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