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Grant initiates new stem cell research for patients suffering with corneal blindness
Date:6/21/2013

ithelial stem cell deficiency," said Svendsen, director of the Cedars-Sinai Regenerative Medicine Institute. "The engineering of a patient's own adult stem cells to embryonic stem-like cells for the use in corneal transplantation may provide a noteworthy treatment alternative to patients affected worldwide."

Svendsen and Ljubimov lead a highly respected research team that includes Mehrnoosh Saghizadeh, PhD, co-investigator of the grant and assistant professor of surgery; Yaron Rabinowitz, MD, director of Ophthalmology Research and co-investigator of the grant; and Dhruv Sareen, PhD, director of the Regenerative Medicine Institute's iPSC core facility.

The research project grant is the first NIH R01 grant awarded to the newly established Cedars-Sinai Regenerative Medicine Institute and was given under the application "Stem Cell Approaches to Developing New Therapies for Ocular Diseases."

This grant aims to restore function in diseased eye tissues through the revitalization of existing cells or the transplantation of new cells. The National Eye Institute, part of the National Institutes of Health, leads the federal government's research on the visual system and eye diseases and supports basic and clinical science programs that result in the development of sight-saving treatments.


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Contact: Cara Lasala
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310-423-7798
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
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