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A how-to-kit for cells: $250K grant to map how stem cells become muscle and cartilage

August 31, 2016



Dr. William Stanford was awarded $250,000 from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada to develop molecular maps of how stem cells become muscle and cartilage. A stem cell is influenced by a large collection of regulatory molecules that help determine what kind of cell it will eventually become. Dr. Stanford’s team will create tools including software to visualize and analyze these regulatory maps. Knowing which pathways of molecular interactions lead to which kinds of cells will help researchers grow stem cells into new tissues for patients and identify targets for developing new drugs for certain diseases.

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Amelia Buchanan
Senior Communication Specialist
Ottawa Hospital Research Institute
Office: 613-798-5555 x 73687
Cell: 613-297-8315
ambuchanan@ohri.ca