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UCSD’s $11.5M For Stem Cell Research On ALS

A grant of 11.5 million dollars has been awarded to UC San Diego to go towards stem-cell research on Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) – also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease. The goal of the team is to further ongoing research to human clinical trials within the next four years.

The money comes from the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine. At a meeting last month, local scientists, health advocates and CIRM leadership described the grant’s research focus.

“Any novel treatment option would not only be clinically competitive, but could have a major impact for thousands of patients currently battling this disease,” Don Cleveland, Ph.D., professor of Medicine, Neurosciences and chair of the UCSD Department of Cellular and Molecular Medicine, stated in a press release. “This approach has the potential to lead to the development of new therapies that could significantly extend the lifespan of individuals living with this disease, and improve their quality of life.”

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