Cell Engineering at Hopkins

Already a hub for stem cell research, the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine has announced plans for a new center to focus on selecting and modifying human cells. Called the Institute for Cell Engineering (ICE), the 40,000 square foot building will be funded through a $58.5 million private, anonymously made donation. Hopkins faculty announced the new project at a January 30 press conference. "What we're interested in really is reprogramming cells and putting them back into the host," says Chi Dang, vice dean of research for the school of medicine. Projects at the ICE, which is slated to open in 2003, are to include the development of therapeutic cell transplants for neurodegenerative disease, spinal cord injury, diabetes, stroke, and heart failure. A previously garnered grant of $23.8 million from the state of Maryland will fund the construction of a new research building; ICE staff...

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