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Partners in regenerative medicine

21 March 2007

The University recently received two awards in the area of regenerative medicine under the Department of Trade and Industry’s Office of Science and Innovation Science Bridges Programme.

The awards programme is aimed at building relationships and applied research collaborations between the SETsquared Partnership universities of Bath, Bristol, Southampton and Surrey, the University of California San Diego (UCSD) and the University of California Irvine.

The awards emerged from a workshop held at the University of Bath in September 2006, which aimed to capitalise on the complementary strengths in stem cell research and bioengineering across the six institutions.

The first of Bristol’s awards, in collaboration with the University of Bath and UCSD, is for cartilage tissue engineering to help in the treatment of patients with degenerative osteoarthritis. The second is for work on understanding the biology of stem cells and endothelial cells for their use in cardiovascular therapy, again in collaboration with UCSD.

All of the partnerships aim to encourage long-term collaborative research projects.

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