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New York Stem Cell Fund - Stem Cell

Manager: Elizabeth Colello
Priority: Open

BACKGROUND

Established in 2005 in NY.

FIELDS OF INTEREST

autism, diabetes, cancer, lung diseases, medical research, multiple sclerosis, pathology research

LIMITATIONS

Giving primarily in NY.

FINANCIAL DATA

Grants range from $200,000 to $1.5 Million

SELECTED GRANTS

Marius Wernig, MD, PhD, is a 2010 NYSCF – Robertson Investigator and an associate professor at Stanford University where he and his team discovered that human skin cells can be converted directly into functional neurons, termed induced neuronal (iN) cells. This technique transformed the field of cellular reprogramming by eliminating the need to first create iPS cells, making it easier to generate patient-specific or disease-specific neurons. Potential applications for the cells range from replacing damaged brain tissue to identifying novel drugs and treatments for a range of neurological diseases. Dr. Wernig received his MD and PhD from the Technical University of Munich. He completed his postdoctoral studies at the Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.