Keck School receives $2.5 million grant for translational osteoarthritis research
The Keck School is one of four institutions to receive a multi-million dollar grant from the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM) for translational research projects. The $2.5 million grant will support potential osteoarthritis therapies that could significantly impact standards of care for the disease. Grant recipient Denis Evseenko, MD, PhD, associate professor of orthopaedic surgery and stem cell biology and regenerative medicine, is working toward this therapy by using pluripotent stem cells to regenerate cartilage. If successful on a large scale, this therapy would be a cheaper, minimally invasive, off-the-shelf alternative to joint replacement surgery as a treatment for osteoarthritis.