The Stem Cell Institute’s vision is to use stem cell biology to change the practice of medicine through discovery, education, and translation. The researchers and faculty of the SCI explore the science of stem cell biology with the purposes of responding to the medical needs of today and educating the researchers of tomorrow.
Stem Cell Institute fast facts
Established in 1999, the Stem Cell Institute within the Medical School at the University of Minnesota is the first interdisciplinary institute in the United States dedicated to stem cell research.
The Stem Cell Institute:
- Draws together 54 investigators from 25 collaborating University departments to participate in stem cell research
- Targets five primary diseases: diabetes, heart disease, neurological disorders, musculoskeletal diseases and inherited disorders
- Has an Innovation Core that includes a biobusiness incubator, robotics facility, and iPSC core
- Is affiliated with a large-scale cell processing facility (MCT)
- Is supported by UMN infrastructure to move research into the clinical setting (CTSI, Technology Commercialization)
- Has an ongoing relationship with The Isthmus Foundation which is dedicated to developing new stem cell-based treatments
- Offers a Master's program in Stem Cell Biology
- Hosts Weekly Wednesday Research Seminar and Journal Club