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Signature Centers and Institutes

Interdisciplinary research is MU’s hallmark. A world-class research institution, the University of Missouri houses facilities that foster discovery and interdisciplinary collaboration in all academic fields.

With a wide array of expertise and resources all located on the same campus, MU does things no other university can. By focusing on real-world problems, our collaborative networks secure external funding, recruit top students, attract prominent scholars and scientists, create jobs, and improve quality of life.




Kinder Institute on Constitutional Democracy

Founded in 2014, the Kinder Institute on Constitutional Democracy is a signature academic center at the University of Missouri dedicated to encouraging interdisciplinary study of the nation’s political traditions and principles on the MU campus, in Columbia and throughout the state.

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Bond Life Sciences Center

The Christopher S. Bond Life Sciences Center integrates the strengths of multiple disciplines to promote discovery that positively impacts human, plant, and animal health and enhances environmental quality. As a requirement for participation in the Bond Life Sciences Center, researchers leverage opportunities for novel research approaches via collaboration with colleagues from a wide variety of backgrounds. In return, the Bond Life Sciences Center offers state-of-the-art facilities and a seed grant program to foster innovation.

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Thompson Center for Autism & Neurodevelopmental Disorders

Launched in 2005, the Thompson Center for Autism & Neurodevelopmental Disorders is a national leader in confronting the challenges of autism and other developmental conditions through its collaborative research, training, and service programs. Founded on the principles of family-centered care, the Thompson Center offers a range of services in one location for individuals with autism and other developmental concerns.

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Center for Regenerative Orthopaedics

The Center for Regenerative Orthopaedics is the only program in the world that houses a College of Veterinary Medicine, School of Medicine, and Bioengineering department within walking distance of each other. Amazing strides have been made in the last decade to develop new technologies and successfully employ them in our veterinary patients. We are now ready to apply these solutions to human patients. The discoveries made at the Center for Regenerative Orthopaedics will change the face of orthopaedics from “repair” to “regeneration.”

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