Today UCLA's stem cell research institute gets a new name and new capabilities. In recognition of a $20 million gift from the Broad Foundation, the institute will be renamed the Eli and Edythe Broad Center of Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell Research.
The gift will be used to purchase specialized, high-tech laboratory equipment and will support faculty recruitment through research grants and endowed professorships, enabling UCLA to continue its leadership in cutting-edge, multidisciplinary scientific and medical research.
Biologists, chemists, engineers, geneticists and other scientists are collaborating on adult and embryonic stem cell research in an effort to develop new and more effective treatments for cancer, HIV/AIDS, Parkinson’s, metabolic disorders and other medical conditions.
“This center further establishes UCLA as a pioneer in the field of stem cell research, which holds great potential to dramatically improve the human condition,” said Eli Broad.
Video by Nancy Williams. Shown at top of page are Professor Hanna Mikkola and Director Owen Witte, both featured in the video.