Ohio third frontier grants boots imaging and stem cell research

Ohio third frontier grants boots imaging and stem cell research

Two separate research programs at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine will get a boost via grants from the Ohio Third Frontier Program./

A $5 million grant will help fund the Global Advanced Imaging Innovation Center—a collaboration between the School of Medicine, University Hospitals (UH) Case Medical Center and Philips Healthcare. Philips Healthcare will invest an additional $33.4 million in the center, which will be based at UH Case Medical Center and will coordinate and support clinical research, education, development and commercialization of imaging technologies.

In addition, the School of Medicine's National Center for Regenerative Medicine, in collaboration with Athersys, Inc., has been awarded $1 million from the Ohio Third Frontier Biomedical Program to support research on the treatment of spinal cord injuries. The grant will advance research on the Athersys stem cell product MultiStem®, which has been found to reduce inflammation following spinal cord injury and to support neuronal growth in preclinical models. Additional results show the same benefits when applied as the treatment for other types of neurological injuries, including ischemic stroke and traumatic brain injury.