Molecular Imaging and Theranostics Center hosts open house

The groundbreaking research center’s event showcased its work, goals and trajectory as it continues developing life-saving radiopharmaceutical technologies.

  • students present posters at an open house

May 17, 2023

As the University of Missouri moves forward with plans for a new NextGen MU Research Reactor, the Molecular Imaging and Theranostics Center (MITC) Open House and Symposium showcased its present-day accomplishments.

“What perfect timing for this event,” said Matt Sanford, interim director of the MU Research Reactor (MURR), speaking to the symposium’s attendees.

Using medical isotopes — including those produced at MURR — the ultimate goal of MITC is to develop new radiopharmaceuticals for the diagnosis and treatment of human cancers.

“In the simplest terms,” said Cooper Drury, dean of the College of Arts and Science, “MITC will save and improve the lives of our families, neighbors and people around the world.”

During the event, interdisciplinary experts from Mizzou and around the country presented steps toward MITC’s lifesaving and life-changing goals. Participants and attendees included faculty, staff and trainees — as well as industry partners and alumni donors.

The open house provided a first-hand glimpse at the center’s work, including ongoing projects displayed on 22 posters from MITC trainees.

“It is gratifying to showcase all we are doing at MITC during the open house,” said Carolyn Anderson, director of MITC. “We look forward to future collaborations and new projects that result from this event.”

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