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Internal News - 19 March 2007

Awards help University build bridges with US

The University of Bath has recently received three awards, in the area of regenerative medicine, under the Department of Trade & Industry's Office of Science and Innovation Science Bridges Programme.

The awards programme is aimed at building relationships and applied research collaborations between the SETsquared Partnership universities of Bath, Bristol, Southampton and Surrey and the University of California San Diego and the University of California Irvine.

The awards have emerged from a workshop held at the University of Bath in September 2006 which is intended to capitalise on the complementary strengths in stem cell research and bioengineering across the six institutions.

The first of Bath’s awards, in collaboration with the University of Bristol and University California San Diego, is for scale-up of cartilage tissue engineering to help in the treatment of patients with degenerative osteoarthritis.

The second award is for design of stem cell support materials (scaffoldings) and stem cell development guidance mechanisms to address spinal cord injury, in collaboration with the University of California Irvine.

The final award supports the partnership between the Universities of Bath and University of California Irvine and focuses on spinal repair, specifically the cardiovascular system repair, cartilage repair and the sorting and defining of stem cell populations therein.

All of the awards have UK and US champions and are being used to enhance the relationship, with a view to delivering longer term collaborative research projects.