University of California Irvine scientists win grants

10/22/2010, 9:56 a.m.

IRVINE, Calif.--UC Irvine scientists today won $9.35 million in grants to work on stem cell treatments for blindness, Huntington's disease and traumatic brain injuries.

The California Institute for Regenerative Medicine awarded the grants to Dr. Henry Klassen, Leslie M. Thompson, Brian Cummings and Aileen Anderson, who are members of the university's Sue and Bill Gross Stem Cell Research Center, according to the university.

The organization gave 19 similar grants worth $67 million to a dozen institutions across the state.

UCI's scientists will work on stem cell treatments for retinitis pigmentosa, a genetic condition that leads to blindness, Huntington's disease, which affects muscle coordination and dementia, and serious brain injuries.

"I am delighted that (The California Institute for Regenerative Medicine) has made these awards to my colleagues,'' said Peter Donovan, director of UCI's stem cell research center. "It speaks to the breadth of outstanding stem cell research at UC Irvine.''