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Kansas City, MO 64110
The Stowers Institute for Medical Research focuses on basic biomedical research in genetic model organisms as a way to understand the molecular mechanisms underlying human health and disease. Although Stowers researchers do not concentrate directly on developing new drugs or treating patients, discoveries resulting from research concentrating on the fundamental processes of life frequently prove to be major milestones along the path toward novel therapies and cures.
The Institute was founded by Jim Stowers, founder of American Century Investments, and his wife Virginia Stowers, who dedicated their fortune to supporting the Institute's basic research in the hope that it will point the way to long-term solutions for gene-based diseases.
In the year 2000, three years after breaking ground, the Stowers Institute opened its laboratory doors to welcome the first generation of Stowers scientists. Today, the Institute is home to nearly 550 researchers and support personnel; over 20 independent research programs; and more than a dozen technology-development and core facilities.