The MULE Team and the National Swine Resource and Research Center (NSRRC) has multidisciplinary collaborations.   The NSRRC distributes “all things pigs”; including live pigs, but also Cells, Tissues and Organs (CTOs). The NSRRC has provided tissues and pigs to numerous investigators throughout the country. The past year the NSRRC has genetically engineered pigs and created new models of retinitis pigmentosa, cardiovascular disease, hepatocyte transplantation, Usher syndrome, hypoplastic left heart syndrome, heart development, and pigs whose organs are used for xenotransplantation.

The NSRRC has collaborated with or distributed CTOs to the following groups this year:

  • Emory University
  • Harvard University
  • Mayo Clinic
  • Nayan Therapeutics
  • NIH
  • Oregon Health Science University
  • State University of New York
  • University of Alabama
  • University of Colorado
  • University of Florida
  • University of Louisville
  • University of Minnesota
  • University of Missouri
  • University of Nebraska
  • University of Pittsburgh

This year, the NSRRC has also distributed to several Institutes at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The chart below lists the NIH Institutes that have received CTOs.

Multidisciplinary Training

The National Swine Resource and Research Center (NSRRC) and the MULE Team continue to train undergraduates, graduate students, Post-Docs, Resident DVMs, and Research Scientists in various aspects of swine husbandry, veterinary care, genetic engineering, in vitro embryo production, infectious diseases, and basic and applied research. This training has included personnel across departments and colleges at the University of Missouri as well as other research institutions from around the world.

Outside Institutions that we trained individuals from include:

  • Michigan State University
  • The Mayo Clinic
  • The Rural Development Association – South Korea
  • University of Iowa
  • University of Louisville
  • University of Minnesota