Dr. Dennis CarsonDepartment of Medicine professors Dennis A. Carson, M.D., left, and Webster Cavenee, Ph.D., below right, are among several UC San Diego researchers to win new grants from the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM).

Dr. Webster CaveneeThe grants come from a CIRM program that provides seed funding for promising stem cell studies.The goal is to hasten the development of new treatments for specific diseases.

Dr. Carson, Director of the Moores UCSD Cancer Center, is Professor of Medicine in the Division of Rheumatology, Allergy, and Immunology.  His project will investigate new models for developing treatments that destroy leukemia stem cells.  |  Read the abstract of Dr. Carson’s project.

Dr. Cavenee, Director of the San Diego branch of the Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research, is Professor of Medicine in the Division of Hematology-Oncology. His study will explore the use of neural stem cells to treat brain tumors. Read the abstract of Dr. Cavenee’s project.

CIRM, a continuing partner and major contributor to UC San Diego’s stem cell research programs, announced the awards on June 27.

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