The Harvard Stem Cell Institute has established a research program that assembles the leading biomedical researchers in the field, bridges gaps in support to encourage bold thinking and nurture scientific careers, and creates a highly collaborative environment with multiple channels of interaction that give birth to new ideas, new programs and the resources to support them.
Through a number of disease-specific programs, HSCI channels its world-class resources -- both intellectual and technological -- toward some of the most prevalent, devastating diseases for which stem cell research can hold promise: cancer, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, nervous system diseases, blood diseases and kidney disease.
Three programs cut across all areas of disease research and look at the fundamental biology underlying stem cell differentiation to a mature cell, the aging process and its affect on stem cell function, and the methods used to "reprogram" a mature cell back to an embryonic stem cell-like state.
One of the ways that HSCI aims to accelerate stem cell research is by providing its community with resources that are beyond the means of any individual lab. Our core facilities offer immediate access to specialized equipment, reagents and materials, know-how and training in key areas of technology.
HSCI Seed Grants provide early funding for innovative projects in stem cell research. These focused, two year grants allow scientists to pursue "high risk/high reward" avenues of research that might be difficult to fund from other sources.