Dr. Xu has been awarded one of seven grants from The Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS)

***SENT ON BEHALF OF DR. BARBARA STOLL***


Please join me in congratulating Dr. Chunhui Xu from the Division of Cardiovascular Biology. Dr. Xu has been awarded one of seven grants from The Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS), the nonprofit organization responsible for managing and promoting research aboard the International Space Station. Dr. Xu, along with collaborators Drs. Mary Wagner (Cardiovascular Biology) and Kevin Maher (Sibley Heart Center) will examine the effects of microgravity on the ability of human induced pluripotent stem cells to proliferate and differentiate into cardiomyocytes. Because stem cell therapies for heart disease require a large number of differentiated cardiomyocytes, Dr. Xu and her team will determine if microgravity is a cost effective and efficient method for increasing the yield of cardiomyocytes from induced pluripotent stem cells. The goal of this research is to be able to use stem cell derived cardiomyocytes for disease modeling, drug discovery and cell therapy. A press release announcing the awardees for the CASIS grants can be found here:    www.iss-casis.org/NewsEvents/PressReleases/tabid/111/ArticleID/91/ArtMID/586/CASIS-Announces-Grant-Awards-for-Stem-Cell-Research.aspx

Thank you.

Janet Waidner
Manager, Department of Pediatrics
Emory University School of Medicine
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