Orthopaedic researchers at Scripps get grant

Orthopaedic researchers at Scripps Health have received a $3.1 million grant from the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM) to investigate the potential use of stem cell therapies for the treatment of osteoarthritis, which is among the leading causes of disability in adults.

Scientists at the Shiley Center for Orthopaedic Research and Education (SCORE) at Scripps Clinic will use laboratory experiments and animal models to determine whether adult cells and embryonic stem cells can be coaxed into cartilage-generating cells and successfully transplanted.

The research award was one of 15 early translational grants recently apportioned by the CIRM, the state’s voter-approved stem cell agency.