December 19, 2012 14:14 — 0 Comments

Scientist Receives $3 Million Grant to Study Most Common Inherited Neurological Disorder

A Cedars-Sinai physician-scientist has been awarded a $3 million grant from the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine to study Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease using new stem cell technology, the most common inherited neurological disorder, which damages nerves that control muscles.

Robert H. Baloh, MD, PhD, director of the Neuromuscular Division of Cedars-Sinai’s Department of Neurology and a member of the brain program at the Cedars-Sinai’s Regenerative Medicine Institute, will lead the study of the disease, named for the three doctors who first described it in 1886. He and scientists in his Neurodegenerative Diseases Laboratory will employ induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) created at the Regenerative Medicine Institute, which conducts stem cell research and produces stem cells for study at other institutions through its iPSC Core Facility. For more information, click here to read the full release.

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