Cal Poly’s stem cell research program gets $2.6 million grant

April 04, 2016

Kristina Bishard is an insulin-dependent diabetic who hopes to play a role in creating stem cell treatments that one day may cure her disease.

Bishard’s interest in stem cell research motivated the 22-year-old Cal Poly graduate student to enroll in the university’s Regenerative Medicine Program, which was started in 2009 and recently received a $2.6 million grant from the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine. The funding extends the program for five years.

The Cal Poly program provides graduates with the basic skills to pursue careers in regenerative medicine, developing stem cell therapies that may eventually treat or prevent serious or life-threatening health problems such as heart failure, diabetes, cancer and neurological diseases.

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