Scottish universities to partner with Stanford in stem cell research project
PIONEERING new stem research is to be carried out in a new partnership between Scottish and Californian research scientists, First Minister Alex Salmond announced today.
• Study will examine how to grow new stem cells to treat brain or spinal cord injuries and conditions like Parkinson’s
Scientists from Heriot Watt and St Andrews universities - together with their counterparts in California - are to carry out the groundbreaking research as part of the Scottish Universities/Stanford University (SU2P) programme.
Mr Salmond heard details during a visit today to Stanford University, on the final day of his four day trade mission to the United States today.
He said: “Working with researchers here at Stanford, academics from Heriot Watt, St Andrews, Strathclyde and Glasgow Universities are at the cutting-edge of scientific endeavour that could transform the lives of millions of people.
“This research has the potential to lead to incredible medical breakthroughs that could not only give new hope to millions but contribute enormously to the economies of both Scotland and California.
“The SU2P programme, of which this new research is part, is an excellent example of how we can harness our own country’s talents and work in collaboration with international partners to achieve more than the sum of our parts.”
Professor Tom Baer, Executive Director of the Stanford Photonics Research Center (SPRC) and the SU2P programme at Stanford University said: “Translating advances in the life sciences into medical practice and transforming cutting-edge technologies into ground-breaking diagnostic tools have been major focuses of stem cell research and applied physics activities at Stanford.”
The SU2P programme actively encourages links with business - with the support of Scottish Development International - to turn scientific advances into commercial advantage for Scotland and California.
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