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For Immediate Release

July 27, 2009

Contact:  Marla Augustine, Communications and Legislative Services, (402) 471-4047 or

Non-embryonic Stem Cell Research Grants Awarded

Lincoln - Three Nebraska educational and research institutions have been awarded grants to fund non-embryonic stem cell research, according to the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services.
The grant funding is pursuant to the Stem Cell Research Act passed by the Unicameral last year. The money comes from the state’s tobacco settlement dollars.
The Stem Cell Research Advisory Committee, which recommended the projects, is composed of the deans of Nebraska’s two medical schools and four scientists from outside of the state who have experience in non-embryonic stem cell research funded by the National Institutes of Health. Their membership was confirmed by the Legislature. The scientists reviewed and scored the grants using NIH standards.
The two-year, $150,000 ($75,000 per year) grants have been awarded to:


Applicant Organization Project Title Principal Investigator
University of Nebraska Medical Center Adult Stem Cells for Autologous Cell Therapy Dr. Iqbal Ahmad
University of Nebraska Medical Center Regenerative Therapy of Parkinson’s Disease by iPS Cells Dr Jialin Zheng
University of Nebraska Medical Center Human iPS Cell Formation and Sox2-Associated Proteins Dr. A. Angie Rizzino
Creighton University School of Medicine Transcript Factors in Auditory Hair Cell Regeneration Dr. Kirk Beisel
Creighton University School of Medicine MicroRNA Promotion of Hair Cell Differentiation Dr. Garrett Soukup
University of Nebraska-Lincoln VEGF Isoform Regulation of Spermatogonial Stem Cells Dr. Andrea Cupp

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