With the unique relationship that exists between the Stowers Institute and American Century investments, Stowers researchers are able to scientifically plan and invest for the long term of their research programs.
Research at the Stowers Institute for Medical Research aims 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 this type of foundational research frequently prove to be major milestones along the path toward novel therapies and cures.
On the surface, cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, diabetes, cardiac disease, and birth defects have little in common, yet they are all caused by abnormalities in basic cellular and molecular processes, such as chromosome segregation or gene expression.
At the Stowers Institute, researchers seek to discover how specific genes are controlled and expressed — how they are turned on and off — by factors both external and internal. They analyze how genes and proteins control virtually all biological processes, from cell division to cell differentiation, from processing smells to storing fat, and from generating memories to regenerating missing body parts.
Funding this type of research is considered an investment in the future and, though expensive, its costs pale in comparison to the long-term costs of providing health care for the millions of people suffering from currently incurable diseases.