Duke gets $10.2M grant for stem cell research center


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DURHAM, NC – Duke University has received a $10.2 million grant from the Robertson Foundation to create a Translational Cell Therapy Center. The center will focus on the University’s cell therapy research and treatment programs.

The center will look at treatments for cancer, cerebral palsy, stroke, and brain injuries.

“The emerging field of regenerative medicine has great promise, and this generous gift will accelerate the pace of Dr. Kurtzberg’s and other Duke scientists’ world-renowned, translational work in cell therapies,” said Dr. Victor Dzau, Duke chancellor for health affairs and CEO of the Duke University Health System.

“The creation of the TCTC will support the work of many Duke researchers exploring various applications of cell-based therapies,” he added.

Duke researchers have spent decades studying the therapeutic use of umbilical cord blood stem cells, which have the ability to develop into various types of specific cells.

Duke will use part of the foundation grant to create a laboratory where the cells can be harvested and stored.