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21 Johns Hopkins Researchers Awarded Grants for Stem Cell Research - 05/26/2016

21 Johns Hopkins Researchers Awarded Grants for Stem Cell Research

Release Date: May 26, 2016
This year, the Maryland Stem Cell Research Commission awarded 21 of its 26 grants to Johns Hopkins researchers. The grants will support projects contributing to cures for a wide range of debilitating diseases and conditions, including heart failure, stroke, multiple sclerosis, vascular diseases, Parkinson’s disease, schizophrenia, autism spectrum disorders and cancer. In all, this year’s grants to researchers in Maryland will total more than $8 million.
 
“We were very impressed with the quality of the applications for these important research grants,” says Avram Reisner, chair of the Maryland Stem Cell Research Commission. “Each of these awardees represents one of the keys to the future of regenerative medicine.”
 
Researchers with promising preliminary data were awarded Investigator-Initiated Grants. Six researchers from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine are among this year’s recipients:
 
Warren Grayson, Ph.D., targeting volumetric muscle loss
 
Guo-li Ming, M.D., Ph.D., targeting schizophrenia and autism
 
Loyal Goff, Ph.D., targeting Kabuki syndrome
 
Sharon Gerecht, Ph.D., targeting diabetic wounds
 
Gordon Tomaselli, M.D., targeting myotonic muscular dystrophy
 
Michael McMahon, Ph.D., targeting intervertebral disc degeneration
 
Eight researchers from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine who are new to the stem cell field or proposed exploratory projects that have little or no preliminary data received the Exploratory Research Award:
 
Cynthia Berlinicke, Ph.D., for age-related macular degeneration
 
Cyrus Mintz, M.D., Ph.D., for neonatal hypoxic-ischemic brain injury
 
Enid Neptune, M.D., for bronchitis and fatal asthma
 
Vasilki Machairaki, Ph.D., for Alzheimer’s disease
 
Amy DeZern, M.D., M.H.S., for aplastic anemia
 
Giorgio Raimondi, Ph.D., M.Sc., for transplant rejection
 
Peter Calabresi, M.D., for multiple sclerosis
 
Kathryn Wagner, M.D., Ph.D., for muscular dystrophy
 
Seven trainees at Johns Hopkins were given Post-Doctoral Fellowship Awards:
 
Hyunhee Kim, Ph.D., for Parkinson’s disease
 
Miguel Flores-Bellver, Ph.D., for age-related macular degeneration
 
Wei Huang, Ph.D., for schizophrenia 
 
Ziyuan Guo, Ph.D., for neurofibromatosis type 1
 
Allison Bond, Ph.D., for schizophrenia 
 
Ji Suk Choi, Ph.D., for soft tissue defects and cancer
 
Dhruv Vig, Ph.D., for vascular diseases 
 
All Maryland Stem Cell Research Commission-funded research must be conducted in Maryland and must involve human stem cells. For more details, visit http://www.mscrf.org/content/awardees/2016Awardees.php