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Michael J. Fox Foundation extends funding

The Michael J. Fox Foundation is extending its support of Clemson professor, Xuejun Wen, whose research focuses on the use of human stem cells in finding a cure for Parkinson ’s disease. The illness currently affects 1 million people in the United States, and that number increases by 50,000 every year. Wen is a professor of bioengineering, cell biology and anatomy at Clemson, but works at the Medical University of South Carolina through the CU-MUSC Bioengineering Program.

The use of human stem cells to supply specialized cells to repair the body is one aspect of regenerative medicine, a branch of bioengineering that uses knowledge of how cells form, specialize and organize to repair or replace damaged tissue and organs. Clemson, MUSC and the University of South Carolina have formed a biomedical engineering partnership that could make South Carolina a leader in regenerative medicine and bioengineering technology.

Xuejun Wen, professor of bioengineering, cell biology, and anatomy at Clemson, works at the Medical University of South Carolina through the CU-MUSC Bioengineering Program. His research focuses on using human stem cells to cure Parkinson’s disease.

 



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