HOME >> BIOLOGY >> NEWS
Stanford receives funding for unique cancer and stem cell biology institute

STANFORD, Calif. -- Stanford University has received a $12 million commitment from an anonymous donor to establish a new Institute for Cancer/Stem Cell Biology and Medicine, a multi-disciplinary initiative that is believed to be the first of its kind in the country, it was announced today. The institute will bring together basic and clinical scientists in a unified effort that will harness the power of stem cell biology and cancer biology to develop novel treatments for cancer as well as other devastating diseases such as diabetes, Parkinson's disease and cardiovascular disease. The institute will be directed by renowned stem cell researcher Irving Weissman, MD, the Karel H. and Avice N. Beekhuis Professor in Cancer Biology.

"This is a major undertaking that will capitalize on Stanford's expertise in stem cell and cancer research. It exemplifies our goal of translating the fruits of laboratory research into therapies that will directly benefit patients," said Philip A. Pizzo, MD, dean of the School of Medicine and a distinguished cancer researcher.

Weissman said research in his lab and elsewhere suggests that in some cancers, such as leukemia, the cancer cells grow and proliferate in much the same way as stem cells. Scientists at the new institute will explore these similarities with the goal of developing powerful new stem cell-based therapies to treat cancer, he said.

"What we're doing is examining these two fields that we thought were separate and looking at the overlap that exists between them," Weissman said.

He said institute scientists also will work to develop a new series of embryonic stem cell lines that will serve as models for a wide range of genetically related diseases including cancer, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, autoimmune disease, allergies and neurodegenerative disorders such as Parkinson's and Lou Gehrig's disease.

"We want to translate the advances i
'"/>

Contact: Neale Mulligan
nealem@stanford.edu
1-650-724-2454
Stanford University Medical Center
10-Dec-2002


Page: 1 2 3

Related biology news :

1. Tiny molecules have big potential as cancer drugs, Stanford researcher believes
2. Stanford researchers findings may shed light on common, deadly birth defect
3. Leukemia stem cells identified by Stanford researchers
4. New view of leukemia cells identifies best treatment options, Stanford researchers say
5. Confidentiality of genetic databases questioned by Stanford researchers
6. Stanford researchers go from heaven to Earth in lifeguard test
7. Transplant rejection averted by simple light exposure in Stanford animal study
8. Fat cells heal skull defects in mice, Stanford research shows
9. Gene-based screen sorts cancer cases, say Stanford researchers
10. Elusive but ubiquitous microbe fingered as gum disease culprit in Stanford study
11. Sticklebacks reveal secrets to evolutionary change in Stanford study

Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:


(Date:5/2/2019)... ... May 01, 2019 , ... ... families insight into their future children, announces a new publication titled, “ Self-Collection ... journal of Pregnancy and Child Health. Previous studies had only shown early gender ...
(Date:4/27/2019)... ... April 26, 2019 , ... Washington State University’s Center for ... than 30 student venture teams, representing nearly 150 students, presented their business ideas ... The top five teams in the College League were awarded prize money with ...
(Date:4/25/2019)... ... 23, 2019 , ... In recent years the neurocognitive effects ... in many cases the magnitude of these deficits and the long-term impact on ... neurocognitive effects may impact developmental trajectories, and patients are often so unwell at ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):
(Date:4/15/2019)... ... April 15, 2019 , ... ... construction of a $2 million bench plant expansion to increase production of methylene ... in the design and construction of Sirrus’ full-scale production facility, which is scheduled ...
(Date:4/10/2019)... ... April 10, 2019 , ... ... manufacturing technology leaders, have locked into multiple agreements to help companies advance ... the regenerative medicine industry, ranging from synthetic biology companies that are gene ...
(Date:4/9/2019)... Calif. (PRWEB) , ... April 09, 2019 , ... ... services firm focused on increasing the capacity of life sciences organizations to accelerate ... Cloud Assurance platform in the past 12 months. , USDM’s ...
(Date:4/9/2019)... ... April 09, 2019 , ... The American Society ... of the Society's leadership team, including a new addition to the presidential line of ... their peers to join the Society's leadership team for a three-year term (2019-2021). , ...
Breaking Biology Technology:
Cached News: