Wisconsin Gets Big Grant for Stem Cell Research

A research facility at the University of Wisconsin will conduct “first-of-its-kind” stem cell research.

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A research facility at the University of Wisconsin got a nice gift Tuesday: $8.8 million in federal grant money. It will be used for a new kind of stem cell research, the Badger Herald reports.

Wisconsin's Waisman Center will conduct human clinical trials with stem cells, including a first-of-its-kind spinal stem cell trial, the report says. The tests on patients with spinal injuries will begin in six months. The study will help the push toward the "development of treatments for prevalent diseases using stem cells," the Badger Herald says.

"Our main function is to understand how to manufacture biological products and biotechnology drugs in a way that can go into human clinical trials," Derek Hei, a biochemical engineer who is the Waisman Center's technical director, said in a statement. "We also help investigators follow and interpret Food and Drug Administration rules as they move into clinical trials."

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