Research/Service

Inside the UMKC Health Sciences laboratories and work spaces our researchers lead pioneering studies designed to improve health for all.

Thanks to a $7 million grant — the largest in the school’s history — the School of Nursing and Health Studies will become a national HIV-prevention resource center. The money will establish a center designed to help the 50,000 people diagnosed with HIV annually in the United States.

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Our nationally recognized researchers are working on diverse research efforts every day. Recent work includes:
• Increasing women’s coping skills during family reintegration after combat deployment
• Methods that help adult kidney transplant recipients adhere to vital medication
• The therapeutic benefits of horsemanship for veterans
• The effects of nutritional supplements on muscle strength, fatigue, resistance and calcium handling in aged mice

Research expertise at SoNHS includes everything from basic science to community-based and translational research. The work is funded internally and externally by agencies such as the Centers for Disease Control, National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the American Heart Association, the University of Missouri Research Board and UMKC Faculty Research Grants.

Opportunities for Collaboration

Collaboration is at the heart of successful research programs. The interdisciplinary expertise represented at SoNHS research faculty is complemented by collaborations with departments across the campus. UMKC is one of fewer than 30 universities nationwide to have nursing, medicine, dentistry and pharmacy education programs centrally located on one campus.

A few of our research partners:

• Our faculty members are part of an interdisciplinary team of researchers forming the Muscle Biology Research Group (MUBIG). The work has generated links with the UMKC Bone Biology Group.
• We are a stakeholder institution in the Kansas City Area Life Sciences Institute, which provides seed money to area researchers and advocates for life sciences research.
• UMKC is one of the local collaborating institutions in Frontiers, The University of Kansas Medical Center’s Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA).
• SoNHS is home to the Collaborative and the Clinical Training Center for Family Planning (CTCFP).
• Faculty partner with health care practitioners at St. Luke’s Hospital and the Mid-America Heart Institute.