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UCR researcher awarded $2.1M stem cell grant to study Alzheimer's disease
Date:12/14/2007

RIVERSIDE, Calif. UC Riversides Douglas Ethell, an assistant professor of biomedical sciences who studies how brain cells die in disorders such as Alzheimers and Parkinsons, has been awarded a $2,120,833, five-year grant by the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM), Californias stem cell research initiative.

The grant, called a New Faculty Award by CIRM, will fund Ethells research on human embryonic stem cells for treating Alzheimers disease, the most common cause of dementia in the elderly.

Approved Dec. 12 by the Independent Citizens Oversight Committee (ICOC), the governing board of CIRM, the grant is designed to encourage and foster the next generation of clinical and scientific leaders in stem cell research.

Stem cell technology is the future of medicine, and CIRM is ensuring that California continues to play a leading role in developing this important technology, Ethell said. This new investigator grant is a tremendous boost to my research as it will allow me to recruit talented students, postdoctoral researchers and technicians to work on stem cells in my lab. Moreover, the comprehensive nature of CIRMs funding commitment will allow me to spend less time writing grants and more time doing research.

Alzheimers disease affects more than five million people in the United States. It has been estimated that the number of Alzheimers disease patients in the country will grow to 13 million by 2050. Currently, there is no effective treatment or cure for the disease.

In recent years it has become clear that the immune system can protect and maybe even reverse some of the effects of Alzheimers disease, Ethell said. Our research has shown that Alzheimers responsive T cells can have beneficial effects in mouse models of the disease. This grant will allow us to take
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Contact: Iqbal Pittalwala
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University of California - Riverside  
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