Researchers from Yale, Wesleyan, UConn and The Jackson Laboratory will share a total of nearly $10 million in state grants earmarked for stem cell research.
The awards, which were made by the Stem Cell Research Advisory Committee, will be divided among a total of 18 researchers.
Among the principal investigators receiving funding:
Dr. Joseph Craft of Yale, who is studying the role of stem cells in treating lupus.
Frank Mckeon of The Jackson Laboratory for Genomic Medicine, who is studying the mechanisms of Crohn’s Disease
Stormy Chamberlain of the University of Connecticut Health Center, who is studying the genetics of autism.
The advisory committee received 111 applications for stem cell grants. The Connecticut Stem Cell Research Peer Review Committee reviewed each funding request in accordance with National Institutes of Health guidelines and made its recommendations.
The stem cell research effort was launched in 2005 under the administration of then-Gov. M. Jodi Rell, who signed legislation committing the state to spending $10 over 10 years. The effort has continued under Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, who has made investing in biotech a cornerstone of his economic development agenda. On Tuesday, he hailed the grant announcement.
“The Connecticut Stem Cell program helps to foster an environment in our state where scientists can pursue innovative research – work that is already promising new therapies for debilitating diseases,” Malloy said.