City of Hope receives $4.9 million for basic stem cell research

March 05, 2022

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City of Hope received a $4.9 million grant from the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine.

The funding will help train the next generation of scientific leaders in stem cell research and its translation into life-saving new treatments.

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The 5-year grant will be used to mentor young scientists with assistance from the Irell & Manella Graduate School of Biological Sciences in City of Hope at the Beckman Research Institute.

The grants will fund laboratory research and help scientists learn how to implement cell therapies, design and manufacture cells, obtain regulatory approval, and commercialize biomedical products.

The California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM), a state-funded agency, has awarded more than $121 million in grants to the Beckman Research Institute in City of Hope.

“Our mission is to train CIRM predoctoral and postdoctoral researchers in fundamental stem cell and developmental biology, and the translation of this fundamental knowledge into new and effective therapies for patients with cancers, degenerative diseases, genetic origin and other diseases”, Michael barishPhD, professor in the department of stem cell biology and regenerative medicine and program director of the CIRM-funded educational project, said in a press release.

Due to the program’s proximity to patient care areas, students will also have the opportunity to receive mentorship from the Department of Supportive Medicine and the City of Hope Health Actions Division.

Nadia Carlesso, MD, Ph.D.

Nadia carlesso

“This program stems from City of Hope’s longstanding expertise in conducting clinical trials and applying basic stem cell biology and gene therapy to the treatment of disease,” Nadia carlessoMD, PhD, professor and director of the department of stem cell biology and regenerative medicine and co-investigator of the CIRM project, said in the press release.

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