February 9, 2011
Bioengineering Professors Steve Conolly and David Schaffer were awarded renewals for their Tools & Techniques grants from the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine. Their grants were the only ones of this type from UC Berkeley renewed in this round.
CIRM, the state stem cell agency created by proposition 71, approved $32 million to fund 19 research projects intending to create new tools and technologies that overcome barriers to moving stem cell research into clinical trials.
Conolly received $1.4 million to develop and test Magnetic Particle Imaging, a new scanning method to track the location and viability of stem cells within the human body. Schaffer and collaborators were awarded $1.4 million to develop new molecular tools and novel technologies for high efficiency gene targeting in stem cells.
Read more at the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine.