The concept for a proposed Jackson County institute for translational medicine – a collaboration among UMKC, Children's Mercy Hospitals and Clinics, Saint Luke's Health System and the Kansas City Area Life Sciences Institute – calls for a half-cent sales tax in Jackson County that would raise an estimated $40 million a year to attract world-class researchers, and to provide them with the equipment, facilities and support staff necessary to develop discoveries, treatments and cures. The tax would sunset in 20 years.
Jackson County residents will vote on the proposal November 5.
Translational research, often called "from bench-to-bedside" research, means taking basic scientific discoveries and converting them into treatments and cures for disease.
The Jackson County institute would be located on Hospital Hill, near UMKC's Schools of Dentistry, Medicine, Nursing and Health Studies and Pharmacy. UMKC's translational research involves those schools as well as the Schools of Computing and Engineering, Biological Sciences, and social sciences in the College of Arts and Sciences.