UM Research Resources

UMKC Resources

Asthma Clinical Research Center (part of the Lung Research Center)

UMKC's Asthma Clinical Research Center is part of the Lung Research Center which supports cooperative, interdisciplinary research by highly skilled specialists from the UMKC School of Medicine and associated staff at its affiliated hospitals: Truman Medical Centers, Children’s Mercy Hospital and Saint Luke’s Hospital of Kansas City. Funded by a five year $750,000 grant from the American Lung Assocation, it is one of only 20 ALA Asthma Rersearch centers in the US.


Center for Aging Studies

The mission of the Center on Aging Studies is to carry out and encourage throughout the University and the State of Missouri activities that contribute to the understanding and improvement of the health, social, and economic conditions of the rural and urban older adult population. These activities include education and training, research, resource development, and community outreach.


Center for Applied Environmental Research

The Center for Applied Environmental Research provides excellence in environmental education, training, and research using an interdisciplinary approach. The Center offers the following programs and services:  Interdisciplinary Environmental Research, Environmental Education on various topics age groups and formats, Site Selection and Evaluation, Testing for lead and radon in Residential Structures, Internships for College Students, International Environmental Consulting, Environmental Conferences and Symposia, Water Quality and air Quality assessments and analyses.


Center for Economic Education

The mission of the Center for Economic Education is to promote economic and personal financial education by equipping teachers and students with high quality resources and the skills necessary to improve the well-being of urban communities.


Center for Economic Information

The Center for Economic Information's mission is to use information technology in support of economic decision-makers in the public and private sectors, and academic researchers. Both public and private sector clients benefit from CEI's expertise in summarize and/or organize large data sets, geographic information systems, economic statistics, and econometrics.


Center of Excellence in Mineralized Tissues (CEMT)/

Center Goal: To promote dental and musculoskeletal research as a multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary center that includes investigators from the Schools of Dentistry, Medicine, Nursing, Biological Sciences, Pharmacy, and Computing and Engineering This UMKC Center of Excellence integrates all investigators, whether basic or clinical, into a powerful translational team to prevent and treat diseases of mineralized tissue which includes teeth, cartilage, bone, and muscle.


Center for Regional Studies

The mission of the Center for Regional Studies is to promote and disseminate interdisciplinary scholarship on the American Midwest. The Center connects scholars, educators, historical institutions, and the public to promote a greater understanding of the region and its culture - encouraging innovative research, teaching, and public scholarship by working with many partners throughout the region. Through a shared examination of culture, art, and history, the Center encourages civic engagement and contributes to public debates about the American Midwest.


Center for Research on Interfacial Structure and Properties (UMKC-CRISP)

This Center is committed to identifying and developing innovative biomaterials and technologies that can be used to replace or repair tissues lost as a result of disease, trauma or age. The fundamental knowledge gained from integrated chemical and structural analyses of natural tissues, synthetic materials, and tissue/material reactions is applied to the design of new materials and the development of devices for clinical use.


Drug Information Center

Located within UMKC's School of Pharmacy, the Drug Information Center's mission is to provide education in drug information and evidence-based medicine principles that will optimize pharmaceutical care. This is done through the following: Curriculum support Scholarly activity Formulary management Community service


Harry S Truman Center for Governmental Affairs

The Harry S. Truman Center for Governmental Affairs exists to support public programming and student engagement activities that illuminate public policy issues that persist from the Truman Era to the present.


UMKC Innovation Center

The UMKC Innovation Center partners with the university and the community to spark entrepreneurial efforts within our region and across the country.   With a suite of high-impact programs, the center helps emerging and existing business owners, whether they are student, faculty or community based, hone their business basics, evaluate commercialization opportunities, and connect with the right resources at the right time. Specializing in technology commercialization, the UMKC Innovation Center delivers just-in-time education, counseling and access to resources to aspiring and existing business owners resulting in increased jobs for the communities it serves.


Institute for Human Development

UMKC's Institute for Human Development is an applied research and training center for human services. It exemplifies the University's goals of academic excellence and a campus without borders by helping people, agencies, and the community reach their fullest potential. Most recently, the Institute has been focusing its efforts on the larger concepts of community inclusion, diversity, and social capital. By working within the University, community, state, and nation, the Institute for Human Development strives to create partnerships for effective social change.


Kansas City Regional Professional Development Center

The UMKC RPDC is 1 of 9 regional professional development centers in MO - funded by DESE and serving school districts and educators.  The Center's mission is to build the capacity of educators to maximize students' performance through high quality professional development.


L. P. Cookingham Institute of Urban Affairs

Urban development organizations and leaders take the lead in turning urban vision into reality through their expertise in urban development. The L.P. Cookingham Institute of Urban Affairs contributes to this process of community building and development and serves as an active force in helping advance urban area revitalization. The mission of the Cookingham Institute is to promote community economic development as a means to contribute to urban area revitalization through scholarship, practice, and community engagement.


Lewis White Real Estate Center

The Lewis White Real Estate Center exists to: Produce students at both the graduate and undergraduate levels who are qualified to fill entry level and leadership positions in the real estate industry. • Strive to maintain and improve our communities through enhancing the skills of real estate development professionals, augmenting the knowledge of public officials, and creating knowledge for both to understand how best to develop and sustain livable communities. • Strive to better understand 1) Financial risks and rewards of real estate development; and 2) Relationship between public policy and urban and suburban development. • Produce information and analyses that leads to creating high-quality, sustainable urban and suburban environments.


Lung Research Center (includes Asthma Clinical Research Center)

The UMKC Lung Research Center is dedicated to the performance of translational research utilizing an interdisciplinary approach to improve the quality of life for individuals living with lung disease.


Midwest Center for Nonprofit Leadership

The Midwest Center for Nonprofit Leadership (MCNL) is dedicated to the success of nonprofit organizations. The mission of the Midwest Center is to enhance the performance and effectiveness of individuals and organizations in the nonprofit sector through high quality community-focused education, applied research, problem solving and service. The center applies the resources and talents of the University and nonprofit organizations to the challenges and issues facing the nonprofit sector so that its members are better prepared to serve their communities. The Midwest Center supports and enhances leadership capacity in all areas of the nonprofit community by creating opportunities for dialogue, learning, and collective action.


Regnier Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation

The Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation (IEI) is a nationally ranked program and leader in innovation, connecting students with a comprehensive combination of world-class research, renowned faculty, cutting-edge curriculum, and experiential programs driven to deliver results. IEI's mission is to inspire and nurture entrepreneurs and innovators through transformational education and research.


Shock Trauma Research Center

The UMKC Shock Trauma Research Center's purpose is to conduct basic and translational research in order to understand basic pathogenic mechanisms involved in tissue injury and organ dysfunction that are manifest following hemorrhagic and septic shock and to develop new clinical treatment strategies.


Vision Research Center

The Vision Research Center is an innovative research organization that brings together an interdisciplinary collaborative research team that through strong interaction between clinical and basic researchers will bring new discoveries in vision research to the patient.


The Institute for Human Development

UMKC's Institute for Human Development is an applied research and training center for human services. The Institute conducts and collaborates on a wide variety of Applied Research projects to develop, implement, and evaluate new ideas and promising practices that support healthy, inclusive communities. Interdisciplinary University Training infuses best practices into the curriculum of graduate and undergraduate students in a wide range of professional disciplines. Community Services and Supports assists individuals, community and state agencies, and university faculty build the capacity of their programs through needs assessment, technical assistance, grant development, and program evaluation. Information Dissemination activities include dissemination of products, provision of a lending library, and the establishment of information resource centers.


UMKC Laboratory Animal Research Core

UMKC's Laboratory Animal Research Core provides resources and services to assure researchers are in compliance with animal care


Biological Sciences Genomics Core

The Biological Sciences Genomics Core Facility provides DNA sequencing of plasmids and PCR products using an ABI Genetic Analyzer 3100 with a 16 capillary x 50 cm array and BigDye® dye terminator chemistry. The facility provides set-up and service to microarray applications for 96 or 386-well applications. Many common sequencing primers are provided at no charge.


UMKC Proteomics and Mass Spectrometry Core

UMKC's Proteomics and Mass Spectrometry Core services include: protein identification by LC-tandem MS, MALDI analysis of proteins, peptides, and small molecules, 2D gel analysis (isoelectric focusing/SDS-PAGE) and custom capillary column packing (50uM, 75uM)


High Field NMR Laboratory

UMKC's High Field NMR laboratory provides a range of services including: Data collection for academic researchers, NMR data collection training for frequent users, and NMR data analysis training by arrangement. The Lab also supports collaborations involving structural investigations, NMR dynamics investigations, and investigations of multi-component biomolecular complexes.


X-Ray Crystallography Laboratory

UMKC's X-Ray Crystallography Lab provides crystallization screens, Preliminary X-ray analysis and X-ray data collection services. UMKC is part of the Southeast Regional Collaborative Access Team building two beamlines at the Advanced Proton Source at Argonne National Laboratories, allowing access to 3rd-generation synchrotron radiation.


Fungal Genetics Stock Center

The Fungal Genetics Stock Center (FGSC) was established at Dartmouth University in 1960 to ensure that important strains used in early genetics research were available to subsequent generations of fungal geneticists. Since moving to UMKC in 2004, the FGSC has more than doubled in size and has distributed more than 500,000 cultures worldwide Originally holding only mutant strains, now any organism that has had its genome sequenced is a genetic system, hence the FGSC has many new organisms. The FGSC holds tremendous diversity of the Neurospora species, which form the core of the collection.


Applied Language Institute

Established in 1991, the Applied Language Institute’s mission is to offer comprehensive English-as-a-Second-Language (ESL) instruction for academic, personal or professional purposes. The Institute aims to teach students to preserve, appreciate and value their own cultures and languages while gathering understanding and appreciation of American educational environment.


Berkely Child and Family Development Center

UMKC's Edgar L. and Rheta A. Berkley Child and Family Development Center was established in 1993 when an interdisciplinary team of experts together developed a state-of-the-art early childhood school. Berkley is part of UMKC's School of Education and serves a learning laboratory for early childhood students. As a resource to others, Berkley enrolls children of UMKC employees, students, and the community.


Academic Support and Mentoring

Academic Support and Mentoring (ASM), formally the Center for Academic Development, was established in 1973. It uses knowledge derived from research to solve learning problems in student academic achievement. Through the integration of theory and practice, ASM develops effective programs to help students realize their full potential. A major component of ASM's Mission is the retention of students. note name change from Provost list. www.umkc.edu/cad redirects to this URL.


Career Services Center

The mission of UMKC's Career Services Center is to empower students and others to successfully develop, evaluate, and initiate career planning and professional development within a constantly changing work environment.


FaCET (Faculty Center for Excellence in Teaching)

The Faculty Center for Excellence in Teaching (FaCET) is faculty defined and operated with a focus on promoting academic excellence by facilitating student-centered pedagogies and practices. FaCET sponsors forums for discussion, assessment, development, and documentation of teaching practices with demonstrated verifiable benefits for students. It is a hub for UMKC programs that emphasize student learning and a gathering-place for faculty who are committed to improving their own teaching, as well as for faculty committed to the scholarship of teaching and learning.


Women's Center

Founded in 1971 as the Women's Resource Service in the Division of Continuing Education, the UMKC Women's Center is one of the oldest campus-based women's centers in the US. Its mission is to advocate, educate, and provide support services for the advancement of women’s equity on campus and within the community at large.


Writing Studio

The main objective of UMKC's Writing Center is to offer quality one-to-one tutoring to the students of UMKC. Secondly, comprehensive tutor training is provided on a variety of topics related to tutoring, learning, and writing. The Writing Center offers services to assist faculty including consulting about syllabi and assignment design, providing in-class workshops, and maintaining sample paper files. Regardless of the writer's rank or skill, the Writing Center is a gathering place for those serious about the craft of writing and the creation of knowledge.