The Broad Foundation awards $1 million to early-stage stem cell research projects

The Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation has awarded two $125,000 grants to early-stage scientific investigations at USC’s stem cell research center. The projects are among eight winners of the $1 million Fund for Innovative Stem Cell Research, established by the Broads to celebrate the tenth anniversary of the three stem cell research centers that they established at USC, UCLA and UC San Francisco.

“Edye and I have been impressed by the work of scientists at the Broad stem cell centers,” said Eli Broad. “We hope that, with these grants and others, they can continue to transform how some of the most devastating diseases are understood and treated.”

In one USC-based project, Scott E. Fraser and Justin Ichida—faculty members in the Department of Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine—will develop an improved method for labeling different cell types derived from human induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs).

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