Carle/UIUC Stem Cell Facility

Carle Foundation Hospital
PI: L.B. Schook
Award Amount: $50,000
Start Date: February 1, 2008
End Date: June 30, 2008
Award Amount: $50,000
Start Date: February 1, 2009
End Date: June 30, 2009
Award Amount: $38,000
Start Date: September 30, 2009
End Date: September 29, 2010

The Carle Foundation provided unrestricted grant funding for research into stem cell technologies and applied stem cell processing.  Funding will support research in several areas, including isolating adult stem cells from bone marrow for use in treating cardiovascular disease, heart attacks and cancer, and in developing new bone tissue.

University researchers are collaborating with iCyt Mission Technology (now a subsidiary of Sony Biotechnology) to isolate stem cells for research purposes.  Efforts are focused on developing a process in which more adult stem cells can be produced, isolated more quickly, and made more stable so they can be shipped to researchers working on Parkinson's disease and different neurological and spinal cord problems.