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NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH
National Institute of Arthritis and
Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, January 2, 2003

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Zain Iqbal
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Stem Cell Research Boosted by Five New Grants at NIAMS

Five new grants funded by the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS) at the National Institutes of Health will boost NIAMS' investment in stem cell research. These studies focus on using adult stem cells to treat bone and muscle that may have been altered by disease. Scientists are also looking at how stem cells may regenerate or repair these tissues.

"Research on stem cells is important in the search for prevention and cure of debilitating musculoskeletal diseases," said Stephen I. Katz, M.D., Ph.D., director of the NIAMS. "These studies will have a solid impact on the variety of diseases that may be treated in the future."

These grants were funded as a result of a Request for Applications, "Basic and Applied Stem Cell Research for Arthritis and Musculoskeletal Diseases," which resulted from the conference, Stem Cell Biology: Potential and Promise, in June 2000.

Stem cells are versatile, specialized cells that scientists hope can lead to treatment of many types of diseases.

The five new grants are described below:

The mission of the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS), a part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' National Institutes of Health (NIH), is to support research into the causes, treatment and prevention of arthritis and musculoskeletal and skin diseases, the training of basic and clinical scientists to carry out this research, and the dissemination of information on research progress in these diseases. For more information about NIAMS, call the information clearinghouse at (301) 495-4484 or (877) 22-NIAMS (free call) or visit the NIAMS Web site at http://www.niams.nih.gov.