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Principal Investigator / Research Project

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Selection FY2009

“Role of the microenvironment in human iPS and fetal-derived NSC fate and tumorigenesis”

Principal Investigator: Masaya Nakamura Associate Professor, Department of Orthopedic Surgery,
School of Medicine, Keio University

This collaborative research project aims to study issues in cell therapeutic treatment for spinal cord injury (SCI) using stem cells. Dr. Nakamura’s group will focus on elucidating the diversity of intrinsic properties of nueral stem cells / precursor cells differentiated from various human ES and iPS cells. Dr. Anderson’s group will focus on elucidating action mechanism of extrinsic factors derived from host tissues which affect transplanted nueral stem cells / precursor cells. The collaborative research project is anticipated to reveal which stem cells are suitable for SCI cell therapeutic treatment and also scientific grounds.

Partner PI in California: Aileen J. Anderson Associate Professor, University of California, Irvine
http://www.anatomy.uci.edu/anderson.html

Research Results:Annual Progress Report