Funding pledged for new UK centre for stem cell biology and medicine

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A new project to create a world-leading centre for stem cell biology and medicine in the UK has received funding from two leading research organisations.

The Wellcome Trust and Medical Research Council (MRC) have committed to contributing eight million pounds to help establish the facility, which will be based at the University of Cambridge.

Uniting 30 leading research teams with expertise spanning embryonic, adult and induced pluripotent cells, the centre will aim to advance understanding of stem cells and their potential to treat a number of conditions for which there are no known cures.

Scientists will work alongside technology specialists and doctors to create new therapeutic approaches, with the Cambridge site located near the largest cluster of biotechnology companies in Europe.

Professor Austin Smith, director of the Wellcome Trust-MRC Cambridge Stem Cell Institute, said: "Our aim is to close the knowledge gap and drive stem cell research forward towards clinical applications. The world-class facilities will attract the best international talent ... to pursue this goal."

Other funding partners for the new centre include Pfizer, Cancer Research UK and the Seventh Framework Programme.

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