- Associated Press - Thursday, May 5, 2016

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) - The University of Missouri will use a $3 million gift to fund a new regenerative orthopedic research center.

The university announced Thursday that the donation from the Thompson Foundation, created by William and Nancy Thompson, will create the Thompson Center for Regenerative Orthopaedics. At the center, researchers will study how to help people with joint replacements return to normal activity sooner, with lower costs and improved access to health care.

The Thompson family donated $8.5 million to the university in 2005 to establish the Thompson Center for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders.

The university’s orthopedic surgery department will contribute $1.5 million to the new center. The $4.5 million will fund laboratory and other research equipment. The center will be located at the Missouri Orthopaedic Institute, which is under construction.

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