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$10 million gift establishes Helen L. & Martin S. Kimmel Center for Stem Cell Biology

A new Center for Stem Cell Biology has been established at NYU Medical Center. Named in honor of two NYU Medical Center trustees, Helen L. and Martin S. Kimmel, whose generous $10 million donation made it possible, the new center will establish a world-class, multidisciplinary research center focusing on the basic biology of stem cells in animal models, a vital platform for the eventual application of stem cells to treat a host of human diseases.

Ruth Lehmann, Ph.D., the Julius Raynes Professor of Developmental Genetics and a leader in developmental genetics, will be the Director of the new Center for Stem Cell Center. She is widely known for her pioneering work on germ cells, which give rise to egg and sperm, during early development of the embryo. By studying aberrant development of mutant germ cell lines in the fruit fly, her research has laid the foundation for understanding the potential causes of testicular germ-line cancers and sterility.

The Co-Director of the center will be Dan Littman, M.D., Ph.D., the Helen L. and Martin S. Kimmel Professor of Molecular Immunology and one of the nation's foremost molecular immunologists. Last year Dr. Littman was elected to the prestigious National Academy of Sciences, one of the highest honors accorded to a scientist, in recognition of his achievements in original research.

Under the leadership of Drs. Lehmann and Littman, The Center for Stem Cell Biology will link scientists and laboratory groups at NYU School of Medicine and New York University who are working in developmental genetics, RNA biology, structural biology and cancer biology, crucial areas for advancing the understanding and application of stem cells to the treatment of human disease. In addition, new faculty specializing in these areas will be recruited to augment already ongoing work.

The new Center will be located in the laboratories of the new Joan and Joel Smilow Research Center at NYU School of Medicine, which wi
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Contact: Pam McDonnell
pam.mcdonnell@nyumc.org
212-404-3555
New York University Medical Center and School of Medicine
24-May-2005


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