Cosmopolitan International Diabetes and Endocrinology Center
In 1976, Dr. Thomas Burns accepted the directorship of the center. He worked tirelessly with the Cosmopolitans and MU officials, who agreed that the former would raise funds for the construction of a facility, while the latter would provide funding for operating expenses.
The Cosmopolitans raised more than $1 million for the building and equipping of the center.
The center has vigorously pursued its three objectives:
1) to provide state-of-the-art care to a large population of people with diabetes.
2) to educate patients and health care professionals about the disease.
3) to conduct basic and clinical research.
Cosmopolitan International and the University of Missouri have continued to support the center's efforts, and have been awarded certification as a "Recognized Diabetes Education Program" by the American Diabetes Association.