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Breaking Ground
& Groundbreaking

21st Century Health Sciences

Reaching New Levels of Excellence

As the COVID-19 pandemic swept the globe, people everywhere wondered: What makes this disease so infectious? It was scientists at UNMC who found that the SARS-CoV-2 virus spreads through airborne transmission. That’s the story of UNMC in the 21st century: bold, innovative and at the forefront of health sciences research, education, patient care and outreach.

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Patient Care

Finding Hannah's Voice

Each spoken word is a triumph when childhood apraxia traps them inside. The UNMC Munroe-Meyer Institute’s RiteCare Clinic in Hastings is teaching a 5-year-old girl the speech skills to match her outgoing personality – and highlighting the importance of that therapy to central and western Nebraska.

St. Patrick Reid, PhD /7


Making His Own Luck

A man named St. Patrick is bound to be lucky. And UNMC’s St. Patrick Reid, PhD, assistant professor of pathology and microbiology, readily admits that he has been a lucky man. But it’s not luck that Dr. Reid is a crucial contributor to the UNMC discovery that the SARS-CoV-2 virus spreads through airborne transmission.

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Transforming the language of care

Our researchers know equitable access to health care is essential, and they are working to increase diversity in clinical trials. Read this special dual-language report on the experience of one non-English-speaking participant of an oncology clinical trial.

Jennifer Cera, DNP, and iEXCEL expert Bill Glass review 3D animations of the female pelvic floors. /7


Learning in 3D

See how Jennifer Cera, DNP, and the iEXCEL visualization team are advancing medical education and women's health through 3D animation of the female anatomy.

Aviva Abosch, MD, PhD, chair of the UNMC Department of Neurosurgery, dons the head frame and box models. /7


Combating Anxiety With Innovation

Anxiety among patients considering deep brain stimulation surgery is common, but now UNMC innovators are using simulation and 3D printing to both screen and prepare patients for a surgery in which they remain awake.

Bentley Hinrichs takes part in intensive therapy at the Munroe-Meyer Institute at UNMC. /7

Patient Care

Hitting New Strides

Munroe-Meyer Institute's intensive therapies are keeping 3-year-old Bentley Hinrichs on his toes. MMI therapists crafted a top-down therapy model for Bentley that his parents say is unlike any they’ve seen.

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Women Empowering Women

Nine women in leadership roles at UNMC talk about shaping health care, working through their own struggles and sharing what they've learned to help others succeed.

Education & Training

UNMC's education programs train more health professionals than any other institution in Nebraska. We offer the latest in technology, research facilities and resources to advance patient care and tackle some of the major diseases of our time.

By the Numbers

An economic engine that fuels the state of Nebraska, UNMC is an innovator in the fight against health disparities. Our experts lead the response to the Ebola outbreak and the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Black Lives Matter event on UNMC's Omaha campus
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$5.9 Billion/Year Together with Nebraska Medicine, UNMC has a $5.9 billion annual impact on Nebraska's economy.
701 Graduates More than 700 professionals from rural Nebraska have graduated from 'grow your own' pathway programs that offer UNMC admission and waive undergraduate tuition for those who intend to return to rural Nebraska to practice health care.
13 Student-led Groups A growing number of student-led groups at UNMC are focused on issues related to justice, diversity, equity and inclusion.
50 International Partnerships UNMC has more than 50 active or pending international agreements for education, research and business collaborations in 21 countries.

Only in Nebraska: A Campaign for Our University’s Future

A vital enterprise in the nation’s heartland, the University of Nebraska Medical Center has its eye on improving the future of health care in Nebraska and beyond.

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