SAN DIEGO (Oct.27, 2011) The La Jolla Institute for Allergy & Immunology has become the fifth organization in the prestigious Sanford Consortium for Regenerative Medicine, joining colleagues from the Salk Institute for Biological Studies, The Scripps Research Institute, University of California, San Diego and the Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute in the first-of-its-kind multi-institutional stem cell research collaboration.
Slated to open its new collaborative research facility in November, the Sanford Consortium will marshal the intellectual resources of its five collaborating organizations all world-leaders in life sciences to improve human health through stem cell research.
"We are pleased that the La Jolla Institute has accepted our invitation to join the Sanford Consortium," said Edward W. Holmes, M.D., the Consortium's president and chief executive officer, adding that the La Jolla Institute's strong immunology expertise will complement and expand that of the collaborating organizations. "The foundation of the Sanford Consortium is to establish a "collaboratory" that brings together investigators with different expertise to exploit stem cells to improve human health," he said. "The addition of a body of investigators with expertise in immunology will expand the Consortium's breadth of science in a number of important ways."
A biomedical research nonprofit, the La Jolla Institute focuses on fighting disease through the study of the immune system and was recently ranked among the top five organizations worldwide for research impact in immunology.
Mitchell Kronenberg, Ph.D., La Jolla Institute president and chief scientific officer, said the Consortium offers strong potential for transformative research. "The Collaboratory will foster the kind of cross-disciplinary, cross-institutional research that accelerates discovery and leads to breakthroughs," he said. "We're all very excited about the possibiliti
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