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Stem Cell Research Holds Promise for Medical Breakthroughs

Research shows that stem cells have the potential to radically change the way medicine views and treats disease. These cells are invaluable to the medical community because they are able to develop into many other, more specific types of cells throughout the body. UCR’s Stem Cell Center seeks to understand the processes underlying this self-renewal process.

A stem cell can become a muscle cell. Or a blood cell. Or a skin cell. Or it can become another stem cell.

This ability makes a stem cell a sort of “utility player” for other cells and organs in the body, as it can divide and replenish other cells within a body as long as the body is living. In that regard, stem cells can work to repair other cells that may be damaged by disease or injury.

UCR’s Stem Cell Center Effort Gets Major Boost

The center received a major boost when the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM), the state’s Stem Cell Research and Cures Initiative, awarded the university a $2.8 million research facility grant.

As part of an effort by the state to finance construction of research laboratories at 17 academic and non-profit institutions, the grant is expected to provide the center with three years’ worth of operating expenses.

UCR will be able to build dedicated laboratory space adjacent to Noel T. Keen Hall for the culture of human embryonic stem cells. It also will help develop a core laboratory for use by multiple researchers and give UCR the ability to renovate lab space and buy equipment for new research facilities.

Two researchers at the UCR facility had previously received more than $1.1 million in research grants from the Institute, which was established in 2004 with the passage of Proposition 71. That statewide ballot measure, which provided $3 billion in funding for stem cell research at universities and research institutions around the state, made CIRM the largest source of funding for human embryonic stem cell research in the world.

Stem Cells Leica

Leica MZ FLIII Fluorescence Stereo - microscopes equipped with two different cameras.

Stem Cells Maldi

MALDI MS is a convenient method for simple samples containing one or few proteins such as those from 2D-gel spots.

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