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Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute wins $2.45 million grant to support stem cell research
Date:5/25/2010

Troy, N.Y. Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and principal investigator Glenn Monastersky have been awarded a four-year $2.45 million grant from the New York Stem Cell Science Program (NYSTEM) of the Empire State Stem Cell Board.

Monastersky, director of operations at the Center for Biotechnology and Interdisciplinary Studies (CBIS), said the grant will be used to create an upstate center of excellence for basic stem cell research within the CBIS.

"The funds awarded today by New York state will be used to build out sophisticated laboratories with high-throughput culture and imaging equipment in the CBIS, dedicated to the very specialized needs of stem cell researchers," Monastersky said.

Rensselaer is already active in stem cell research. A number of Rensselaer faculty members, including NYSTEM-funded researchers Robert Linhardt and Deanna Thompson, maintain stem cell research programs within the CBIS. But Monastersky said the new grant will greatly enhance the program.

A key goal of the grant is to encourage upstate researchers to take advantage of the availability of the Rensselaer stem cell facility. Monastersky said that Rensselaer will be working with several key players in the field.

"The idea was to create an upstate center of excellence so we can maximize the research that's going on in New York state," Monastersky said. "These facilities and the associated scientific staff will enhance collaborations with several New York state partners, including the New York Neural Stem Cell Institute, Albany Medical College, and the Ordway Institute."

Scientific colleagues from the University at Albany-SUNY, the University of Rochester Medical School, Northeast Health System, and the Trudeau Institute also will participate in guiding the research efforts with Monastersky.

"Our goal is to become an important location for stem cell research in New York state," Monastersky said.

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Contact: Mary Martialay
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Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
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