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Environmental Factor, June 2012

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NIH Center for Regenerative Medicine launches website

By Eddy Ball

Mahendra Rao, M.D., Ph.D.

Rao was chosen last year to create a world-class center of excellence in stem cell technology. He is internationally renowned for his research involving human embryonic stem cells and other somatic stem cells. (Photo courtesy of NIH)

Scientists with an interest in the clinical translation of stem cell-based technologies now have an additional online resource with the launch of a new website by the NIH Center for Regenerative Medicine (NIH CRM). The NIH CRM is an initiative of the NIH Common Fund and is administered by the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases.

The NIH CRM provides several important services, including the following:

• Facilitating the generation of induced pluripotent stem cells, as well as the derivation or isolation of other types of stem cells.

• Making available a range of adult stem and progenitor cell populations, as well as the protocols and standard operating procedures used for their derivation, culture, and differentiation.

• Providing services and information to both the intramural and extramural NIH communities that facilitate the use of stem cell technologies for therapeutic purposes and for screening efforts.

• Collaborating in the U.S. and internationally with partners and stakeholders, including governments, research institutions, and commercial entities, to ensure that efforts are coordinated, and standard policies are in place, to minimize roadblocks to advancing stem cell technologies.

Headed by Director Mahendra Rao, M.D., Ph.D., the NIH CRM has a program manager and operations coordinator to facilitate work by affiliated faculty housed at a range of NIH Institutes and Centers. NIEHS is represented by lead researchers Trevor Archer, Ph.D., head of the Laboratory of Molecular Carcinogenesis; Anton Jetten, Ph.D., head of the Laboratory of Respiratory Biology; and Raja Jothi, Ph.D., head of the Biostatistics Branch Systems Biology Group.

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