FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
The National Stem Cell Foundation Partners with the Orthopaedic Research and Education Foundation on Stem Cell Research for the Regeneration and Repair of Musculoskeletal Tissues
October 15, 2014 – Louisville, KY/Rosemont, IL – The National Stem Cell Foundation (NSCF) and the Orthopaedic Research and Education Foundation (OREF) announced today they have partnered to fund innovative adult stem cell research for the regeneration and repair of musculoskeletal tissues. The collaboration between NSCF and OREF will allow both organizations to focus on stem cell research which is expected to play a key role in the future of orthopaedic medicine.
According to the World Health Organization, musculoskeletal disorders resulting from injury, age or disease are the most common cause of severe long-term pain and physical disability, affecting hundreds of millions of people worldwide.
Dr. Paula Grisanti, Chair of the National Stem Cell Foundation said, “The National Stem Cell Foundation is delighted to partner with OREF in funding research projects with this kind of promise. It is our goal to fund collaborations that will accelerate the development and availability of stem cell therapies with the greatest potential for immediate impact.”
The OREF/NSCF Research Grant in Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine encourages applications in focused research areas including musculoskeletal, soft tissue or articular cartilage repair/regeneration and other areas of regenerative medicine.
“Our partnership with NSCF is a wonderful opportunity for OREF to continue its mission of providing critical funding to investigators whose research has the potential to change lives,” stated Dr. James D. Heckman, Chair of the OREF Research Grants Committee.
About the National Stem Cell Foundation
The National Stem Cell Foundation is a charitable 501(c)(3) organization supporting adult stem cell research and clinical trials with the potential to treat or cure conditions and diseases affecting people worldwide. NSCF supports collaboration between researchers, clinicians, academia and industry in the effort to move promising research into therapies for people in need.
About the Orthopaedic Research and Education Foundation
The Orthopaedic Research and Education Foundation is a charitable 501(c)(3) organization committed to improving lives by supporting excellence in orthopaedic research. OREF is dedicated to being the leader in supporting research that improves function, eliminates pain and restores mobility, and is the premiere orthopaedic organization funding research across all specialties.
A list of research and funding priorities is available at OREF.org
National Stem Cell Foundation
Paula Grisanti, CEO & Chairman
Orthopaedic Research and Education Foundation
Sharon Mellor, CEO