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Scripps Research Details Plans for Stem Cell Center

Embryonic stem cell researcher Jeanne Loring will head a newly formed Center for Regenerative Medicine at The Scripps Research Institute, the nonprofit institute said March 26.

The center will explore an array of techniques in stem cell research, involving embryonic, adult and malignant cancer stem cells.

Loring, who was recruited to Scripps from Burnham Institute last year to lead the new center, is recognized among her peers as an authority in the emerging field of stem cell research. Her research has centered on exploring the potential of stem cells to differentiate into various cell types used to treat diseases and conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s.

“The potential of stem cell research is vast,” said Scripps Research President Richard Lerner, in a statement announcing the creation of the new center. “It takes a scientist of Professor Loring’s foresight, knowledge and experience in basic and applied research to lead the institute’s team to new discoveries that will significantly benefit human health.”

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An intensive laboratory course in human embryonic stem cells, sponsored by the National Institutes of Health, will be offered at the center this fall, and it will also be the site of the San Diego-area training course supported by the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine.

, Heather Chambers

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