New York University has received $1.5 million from New York State to continue its work in stem cell research. NYU’s Dean for Science Office within the University’s Faculty of Arts and Science received $553,000 and NYU’s School of Medicine received $999,715. The funding to NYU’s Dean for Science Office will support research conducted by NYU’s Center for Genomics and Systems Biology and NYU’s College of Dentistry.
The grants are part of a $14.5 million funding package under the governor’s stem cell research initiative intended to quickly boost New York State’s biomedical research capability.
In order to be eligible for funding from the stem cell research initiative, an institution must have received at least $1 million in biomedical funding in 2006 from the National Institutes of Health or the National Science Foundation.
NYU’s College of Dentistry is home to an established core group of researchers involved in regenerative medicine. NYUCD’s stem cell initiative uses animal stem cells in proof of principle studies in regenerative medicine, with an emphasis on oral and head/neck structures. The program focuses on environmental conditions and molecular mechanisms that will promote skeletal tissue differentiation and organization into tissues. This entails the use of populations of pluripotent cells—cells with more than one potential outcome—committed to the skeletal muscle, bone, and cartilage lineages to engineer these tissues for repair or replacement.