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UConn's Stem Cell Website

University of Connecticut Stem Cell Institute

Premiere Website Launched in 2007

When the Connecticut General Assembly authorized public financing of human stem cell research, in 2005, the University of Connecticut had already taken steps to establish its credentials in the field of regenerative medicine. In 1996 Dr. Xiangzhong “Jerry” Yang, one of the world’s foremost animal biotechnologists, had joined the university’s faculty as an associate professor of animal science and biotechnology. Dr. Yang headed UConn’s Biotechnology Center Transgenic Animal Facility and, when it opened in 2001, the Center for Regenerative Biology.

With funding that backed up the legislature’s bold decision to support stem cell research, the university launched a long-term research program in 2005 and invested more than $2 million to attract prominent scientists with hands-on human embryonic stem cell research experience. Key to that commitment was the recruitment of Dr. Ren-He Xu, who was a founding member of the Wisconsin Institute, where human embryonic stem cells were first developed.

In 2007, Jim Smith was hired to write all of the content for the new UConn Stem Cell Institute’s first website, including information on funding, synopses of the work being done by all of the university’s researchers, ethics, employment opportunities and more. Since then Jim has revised and updated the site content and written feature articles, for UConn Health Center publications and other applications, about innovative work being done by many of the institute’s researchers.

Click on the link at left to visit the University of Connecticut's Stem Cell Institute website.

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