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MRC offers grant for new stem cell research

19th March 2010

The Medical Research Council (MRC) has allocated a 462,000 pound grant to support new stem cell research which could have implications for hip replacement procedures.

A team from the University of Southampton’s School of Medicine will use the council’s funding to finance a two-year study into whether a patient’s own skeletal stem cells can be used for making repairs to the hip joint.

This would negate the current need for donor bone samples when conducting such procedures, which could offer cost savings as well as health benefits.

Dr Chris Watkins, head of translational research at the MRC, stated that this study could potentially address a significant problem facing the UK’s ageing population.

He said: “This is a fascinating piece of research which we hope will give us real insight into how the body’s natural regeneration can be harnessed to offer better treatment options for patients.”

Earlier this month, the organisation published results from an MRC-led study which highlighted the discovery of a new immune cell type which could potentially be used to treat asthma.

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