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Three USC researchers win $4.3 million in awards from California’s stem cell agency

Three scientists from Keck Medicine of USC have won grants exceeding $4.3 million from the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM) for research that includes creating a temporary liver for patients, finding novel ways to treat immune disorders and blood diseases, and developing new animal models for heart failure, diabetes and neurodegenerative diseases. The grants, …

Whittier Foundation backs new group of research projects

The L.K. Whittier Foundation has been a critical source of funding for cancer research at the Keck School of Medicine of USC and the USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center, supporting clinicians and basic scientists who are advancing tailored therapies and nanobiotechnology.

CIRM awards $2.29 million to support stem cell-based therapy for knee osteoarthritis

The California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM), California’s stem cell agency, has awarded the biopharmaceutical company Cellular Biomedicine Group Inc. (Nasdaq: CBMG) $2.29 million to support pre-clinical studies of AlloJoinTM, human fat-derived stem cells for the treatment of knee osteoarthritis. The grant will allow the company to perform pre-clinical manufacturing studies at Children’s Hospital Los …

USC hosts California stem cell agency’s tenth birthday bash

Few 10 year olds have brought 10 potential medical treatments into clinical trials. The California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM), however, is a truly exceptional 10 year old. In 2004, the people of California created CIRM to dispense $3 billion in voter-approved dollars to fund stem cell research in the state. Progress has been impressive. …

Stem cell therapy following meniscus knee surgery may reduce pain, restore meniscus

A single stem-cell injection following arthroscopic meniscus knee surgery may provide pain relief and aid in meniscus regrowth, according to a new study by C. Thomas Vangsness, Jr., MD, principal investigator with USC Stem Cell and professor of orthopaedic surgery at the Keck School of Medicine of USC. The first-of-its-kind study appeared in the January …

USC hosts mini-symposium on musculoskeletal development and repair

With its combination of bone, muscle, joints and more, the human musculoskeletal system is a complicated tangle of connections that can be difficult to repair. That was the challenge facing a panel of experts, who gathered for a mini-symposium on May 19 at the Eli and Edythe Broad Center for Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell …

C. Thomas Vangsness, Jr., MD

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