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Grant Award

June 8, 2016

Warren Grayson awarded grant for stem cell related research

Associate Professor Warren Grayson is among 21 Johns Hopkins researchers who have been awarded a grant from the Maryland Stem Cell Research Commission. The grants will support projects contributing to cures for a wide range of debilitating diseases and conditions, including heart failure, stroke, multiple sclerosis, vascular diseases, Parkinson’s disease, schizophrenia, autism spectrum disorders and cancer. The researchers were awarded the Investigator-Initiated Grants due to their promising preliminary data.

Research in the Grayson Lab focuses on the use of biomaterials and stem cells to regenerate musculoskeletal tissues following impairment caused by disease or trauma. The goal of the MSCRF-funded project is to engineer contractile skeletal muscle grafts to treat volumetric muscle loss. We will combine human induced pluripotent stem cells (hiPSCs) with biomimetic scaffolds in custom-designed bioreactors and determine the combinations of biochemical and biophysical cues that maximize the myogenic differentiation of hiPSCs and their conversion into structurally organized, functional skeletal muscle grafts.

In all, this year’s grants to researchers in Maryland will total more than $8 million. View JHMI Press Release