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February 23, 2017

Broad Innovation Award winners aim to reduce bathroom breaks with stem cells

By Cristy Lytal

Having a baby can change a woman’s life in one way that she is often too embarrassed to mention. Childbirth can cause urinary incontinence, which affects up to 13 million people and incurs $16.3 billion in annual treatment costs in the United States alone.

To address this common problem, this year’s winners of the Eli and Edythe Broad Innovation Award are engineering a stem cell-based, biomaterials approach to promote the regeneration of the urethra. Read more…

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February 23, 2017

Fasting-mimicking diet may reverse diabetes

By Beth Newcomb

A diet designed to imitate the effects of fasting appears to reverse diabetes, a new USC-led study shows.

The fasting-like diet promotes the growth of new insulin-producing pancreatic cells that reduce symptoms of type 1 and type 2 diabetes in mice, according to the study on mice and human cells led by Valter Longo, director of the Longevity Institute at the USC Leonard Davis School of Gerontology and USC Stem Cell principal investigator.

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February 21, 2017

Request for Proposals: Innovative Pilot Stem Cell Research Projects Grant from The Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation

The Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation will continue its commitment to supporting scientists and their ideas by providing up to $1 million in funding for innovative pilot research projects that are in the early stages of exploration. Read more…

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