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MEDIA ADVISORY: Grand Opening for the Thompson Center Research and Training Facility

September 8th, 2017

Story Contact: MU News Bureau, 573-882-6211,

WHAT: The University of Missouri Thompson Center for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders will open a new research and training facility in Columbia. This facility will provide space for Thompson Center experts to instruct parents, teachers, health care providers and those in the general community who interact with individuals on the autism spectrum. The new building also will provide valuable space for innovative research on the causes and treatment of autism. The grand opening will feature:

  • Remarks from Alexander Cartwright, MU Chancellor; Garnett Stokes, MU Provost; and Stephen Kanne, Executive Director of the Thompson Center
  • Building tours
  • Research and training presentations
  • Autism experts
  • Activities for children
  • A raffle to win Cards vs. Cubs and Royals tickets

WHO: Everyone is welcome.

WHEN: 2 p.m. – 6, Friday, Sept. 8

Remarks and ribbon cutting at 3 p.m.

WHERE: Thompson Center Research and Training Facility,

200 N. Keene St., Columbia, MO 65201

NOTE: For more information on the Thompson Center, visit their website at: