Two cardiology investigators from the Eli and Edythe Broad Center for Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell Research, Drs. Reza Ardehali and Ali Nsair, received grants today totaling over $6 million from the California Institute of Regenerative Medicine (CIRM), the state stem cell agency. The young physician scientists will use their clinical and scientific training to conduct leading-edge research on the developmental and molecular biology of stem cells to advance regenerative medicine for heart disease. The studies supported by these awards will help form the foundation for translational and clinical advances, enabling realization of the potential of human stem cells for therapies and as tools for biomedical innovation.

The New Faculty Physician Scientist Translational Research Awards for clinician scientists in the first six years of their first independent faculty appointments were announced Wednesday Dec. 12, 2012, during the regular meeting of the CIRM Independent Citizens’ Oversight Committee at the Luxe Hotel in Los Angeles.

To date, UCLA and its stem cell scientists have received 60 grants from CIRM totaling more than $189 million.

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