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Friday, August 05, 2005

Tulane Receives $9.5M Stem Cell Research Grant

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That would be Adult Stem Cell Research grant. It has been a while since I have run across a pro-ASCR news report. Here's a snip from BizNewOrleans:

The Tulane Center for Gene Therapy today announced a $9.5 million National Institutes of Health grant to study the use of adult stem cells in treating lung diseases.

“It’s not only large, but it underpins the standing of the institutions involved in this grant,” said Paul Whelton, senior vice president of Tulane Health Sciences Center. The grant will fund four projects and will be done in collaboration with Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center.

Over five years, researchers will examine the use of adult stem cells to repair damaged tissue from asbestos exposure, emphysema and cystic fibrosis. The study will also try to determine which stem cells are best for treating these diseases, said Dr. Darwin Prockop, who started the Tulane Center for Gene Therapy five years ago.

“We have to see how far we can go with adult stem cells,” Prockop said. He said the use of stem cells to treat other chronic diseases has had positive results.

The work funded by the grant will involve laboratory and animal research. Researchers hope to eventually include clinical trials with people suffering from lung diseases.

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