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The Archbishop of Sydney, Cardinal George Pell, has announced the Archdiocese of Sydney's fifth grant of $100,000 to support adult stem cell research, reports according to a media release.
The grant has been awarded to Professor John Rasko and Dr Janet Macpherson from the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital (RPA), Sydney.
The research will look at ways adult stem cells can be produced in safe and increased quantities to help suppress reactions to foreign tissues, or rejection, following transplants or similar procedures.
Professor Rasko is Head of the Department of Cell & Molecular Therapies at RPA and an internationally-recognised leader in clinical stem cell therapy and the study of blood. He also heads the Gene and Stem Cell Therapy Program at the Centenary Institute of the University of Sydney.
Dr Janet Macpherson is also well-known in the field of stem cell research and joined the Department of Cell & Molecular Therapies at RPAH in 2010.
"Their project on finding a way to develop these adult stem cells that could well revolutionise the treatment of a whole range of diseases highlights some of the wonderful avenues for research, and hopefully healing, that adult stem cells open up," Cardinal Pell said.
Stem cell research supported by archdiocese grant (Media Release)
Important Adult Stem Cell Research Supported by Archdiocese Grant (Archdiocese of Sydney)
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