$5.8 Million stem research grant has been allowed by the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine(CIRM) to the researchers of Stanford University’s School of Medicine today to find and focus on ways to stimulate existing adult stem cells to heal damaged nerves, bone, skin and cardiac muscle.

It was one of 15 grants totaling $67.7 million that were awarded during a meeting of the institute’s 29-member governing board.

Michael Longaker, MD, is the principal investigator on this five-year grant, and deputy director of Stanford’s Institute for Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine.

Longaker plans with his colleagues to continue their ongoing study of a class of protein molecules called Wnts that mediate the natural response of adult stem cells to injury.

With todays grant, CIRM has approved a total of $107 million in grants to Stanford.

This grant came late due to some financial set backs, but as the state sold $6.5 billion in public bonds last month and allocated $275 million to the institute,  the institute was able to pay off a prior state loan and give out grants.

Source: Business Wire through Earth Times