Stem Cell Training Grant

Stem Cell Training Grant

Funding Type: 
Research Training II
Grant Number: 
TG2-01168
Approved funds: 
$5,020,920
Public Abstract: 
This Level II Training Grant will support seven PhD Post-Doctoral and three MD Clinical Fellows for training in stem cell biology, and the clinical and ethical implications of stem cell research. The program is based in one of the top six of the nation’s pediatric stand alone Institutions. Over the past 25 years, we have built an internationally renowned research program in stem cell biology and its clinical applications. The program was founded on the fields of human hematopoietic stem cell biology, transplantation and gene therapy. In the past two decades, integration of research in developmental biology and tissue regeneration have expanded the reach of the program into other types of somatic stem cells including lung, pancreas, liver, gut, bladder and mesenchymal tissue. In the past 6 years, we have developed expertise in human embryonic stem cell (hESC) culture and differentiation and have established an hESC tissue culture core. A unique focus of Stem Cell Training will be on applications to pediatric disorders such as diabetes, monogenic inherited disorders (cystic fibrosis, muscular dystrophy, sickle cell disease, etc), and congenital birth defects. It is our central hypothesis that childhood disorders will be especially responsive to therapies produced by the use of stem cells; advances in the use of stem cells to treat childhood illnesses will then lead the way to treatments for the many disorders that occur later in life. The training program includes: a didactic course on "Stem Cell Biology, Research Methods and Stem Cell Therapies", a course titled "The Ethics of Stem Cell Research and Therapies" that will review the ethical, legal and social implications of research with human stem cells, participation in multiple existing training activities, an introductory training in laboratory methods in hESC and a didactic training course taught in concert with the [REDACTED]. A Steering Committee with stem cell researchers, clinical physician/scientists and medical educators will oversee selection and supervision of trainees, the mentoring process, and other activities of the training program. The complex biomedical environment and the strength of stem cell research combine to provide a rich milieu for training the next generation of physicians and scientists who will use stem cells as the basis for research and therapy.
Statement of Benefit to California: 
This Level II Training Grant will continue to support seven PhD Post-Doctoral and three MD Clinical Fellows for training in stem cell biology, and the clinical and ethical implications of stem cell research. The program is based in one of the top six of the nation's pediatric stand alone Institutions, located in California. Over the past 25 years, we have built an internationally renowned research program in stem cell biology and its clinical applications. The program was founded on the fields of human hematopoietic stem cell biology, transplantation and gene therapy. In the past two decades, integration of research in developmental biology and tissue regeneration have expanded the reach of the program into other types of somatic stem cells including lung, pancreas, liver, gut, bladder and mesenchymal tissue. In the past 6 years, we have developed expertise in human embryonic stem cell (hESC) culture and differentiation and have established an hESC tissue culture core. A unique focus of Stem Cell Training will be on applications to pediatric disorders such as diabetes, monogenic inherited disorders (cystic fibrosis, muscular dystrophy, sickle cell disease, etc), and congenital birth defects. It is our central hypothesis that childhood disorders will be especially responsive to therapies produced by the use of stem cells; advances in the use of stem cells to treat childhood illnesses will then lead the way to treatments for the many disorders that occur later in life. The training program includes: a didactic course on "Stem Cell Biology, Research Methods and Stem Cell Therapies", a course titled "The Ethics of Stem Cell Research and Therapies" that will review the ethical, legal and social implications of research with human stem cells, participation in multiple existing training activities, an introductory training in laboratory methods in hESC and a didactic training course taught in concert with [REDACTED]. A Steering Committee with stem cell researchers, clinical physician/scientists and medical educators will oversee selection and supervision of trainees, the mentoring process, and other activities of the training program. The complex biomedical environment and the strength of stem cell research combine to provide a rich milieu for training the next generation of physicians and scientists who will use stem cells as the basis for research and therapy. This will provide unique benefits to the State of California and its citizens by providing a superbly trained group of stem cell experts whose work is focused on relieving childhood diseases in California. The trainees in this program will also strengthen and accelerate our research efforts in this field.
Progress Report: 

Year 1

The Developmental Biology and Regenerative Medicine Research Program of The Saban Research Institute seeks to discover the basic mechanisms of stem and progenitor cell function in human organ development, and apply them to tissue repair and regeneration. Recent advances in developmental biology hold great promise in many areas of human adult as well as child health, where organ regeneration, stem cell based therapy or tissue engineering could be life saving. Under this CIRM training grant, Fellows are devising therapeutic targets for eventual translation to the bedside including lung hypoplasia or injury caused by prematurity or aging, short gut, kidney diseases, heart regeneration and diabetes. The training environment in this CIRM program brings clinical surgery and pediatric medicine together with basic research and is organized into organ-based sections that train Fellows to carry out scientific inquiries within the overall program focus of organogenesis, injury repair, tissue regeneration and engineering.

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