Six scientists with the Eli and Edythe Broad Center of Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell Research at UCLA were awarded more than $8 million in grants from the state stem cell agency on May 3 to investigate basic mechanisms underlying stem cell biology and differentiation.

The Basic Biology III grants – 27 awarded in all totaling $37.7 million – represent an on-going effort by the California Institute of Regenerative Medicine (CIRM) to build a foundation to support future research designed to take stem cell science from the laboratory bench into the clinic. The studies supported by these awards will form the foundation for future translational and clinical advances, enabling the realization of the full potential of human stem cells and reprogrammed induced pluripotent stem cells for therapies and as tools for biomedical innovation.

To date, UCLA and its stem cell scientists have received 49 grants from CIRM totaling more than $148.6 million.

Dr. Owen Witte, director of the Broad Stem Cell Research Center, said the recognition from CIRM for the “breadth and very high quality of the basic science at UCLA’s stem cell center is very rewarding.”

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