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Laboratory Named in Honor
of Carsons

Bill Carson receives a plaque commemorating the naming of the The Bill and Toni Carson Biomechanics and Bioengineering Lab. He is pictured with (from left) his wife, Toni, Director of the COL and Professor of Small Animal Surgery James Cook, and College of Veterinary Medicine Dean Neil C. Olson.

University of Missouri Professor Emeritus Bill Carson, PhD, and his wife, Toni, were recently recognized for their influence in the growth and success of the University’s Comparative Orthopaedic Laboratory. A room within the Veterinary Science Building that is part of the COL was named “The Bill and Toni Carson Biomechanics and Bioengineering Lab” in their honor.

The naming of the lab recognizes the Carsons’ recent commitment of $150,000 through an estate gift to the COL.  However, the impact the Carsons have had on the research that takes place at the COL is far more extensive. Dr. Carson was the first person at the University of Missouri, and one of the first in the world, to engage in translational research in orthopaedic biomechanics and bioengineering. Already a pioneer in human orthopaedic research, in particular the field of spinal stabilization, Carson worked with and generously mentored veterinary surgeons and residents as they worked on numerous projects. His willingness is to give his time and talent is credited as being a key to the founding of MU’s COL, which has grown into the foremost comparative and translational orthopaedic research laboratory in the world.

In requesting the naming honor, CVM Dean Neil C. Olson and Director of the COL and Professor of Small Animal Surgery James Cook noted that Carson has contributed to the growth and development of the COL through $8 million received in extramural funding, $2 million received in gifts and hundreds of presentations and publications. Carson also coordinated the multi-department joint funding, corporate donations and logistics involved in purchasing, installing and using major equipment in the lab. His efforts helped foster the One Health/One Medicine collaboration between orthopaedic surgery, veterinary medicine and engineering at MU.

In addition to backing her husband in his research initiatives, Toni Carson has participated directly in the COL’s fundraising efforts throughout the years and has been an avid MU supporter.

The announcement of the naming of the lab in the Carsons’ honor was made during the annual Comparative Orthopaedics Day held at the Missouri Orthopaedic Institute.

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