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Area Health Institutions Attempt Translational Medicine Center

The Jackson County Legislature voted Monday to place a 20-year, half-cent sales tax measure on the November 5 ballot.

Aimed at boosting economic development and funding research, supporters call it a game-changer for Kansas City, a way to bolster the area's claim as a hub of life science research. Opponents haven't galvanized, at least in a visible way. But lots of questions are being raised.

In the second segment of Monday's Up to Date, Steve Kraske welcomes Dr. Lawrence Dreyfus, vice chancellor for research & economic development at UMKC, and David Westbrook, Senior Vice President, Strategy and Innovation, Children’s Mercy Hospital to talk about translational medicine and what they hope to spend $40 million on each year.

 

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When I host Up To Date each morning at 9 a.m., my aim is to engage the community in conversations about the Kansas City area’s challenges, hopes and opportunities. I try to ask the questions that listeners want answered about the day’s most pressing issues and provide a place for residents to engage directly with newsmakers. My email is steve@kcur.org.
Stephen Steigman is director of Classical KC and chief of broadcast operations for KCUR 89.3 and 91.9 Classical KC. You can email him at stephen@kcur.org.