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Stem Cell Treatment for Burn Patients Earns Alpert Prize | Focus

In STEM CELLS IN THE NEWS on September 3, 2010 at 8:17 pm

Stem Cell Treatment for Burn Patients Earns Alpert Prize

September 3, 2010

Howard Green

Howard Green, a founding father of regenerative medicine and the George Higginson professor of cell biology at HMS, will receive the 2010 Warren Alpert Foundation Prize on Sept. 27. Colleagues will honor Green at an afternoon symposium featuring talks by prominent stem cell researchers.

The Warren Alpert Foundation Prize, which confers an award of $200,000, recognizes researchers for laboratory discoveries that have been translated into patient therapies or for findings with real potential to improve human health. Green’s work embodies the spirit of the prize: he developed the first therapeutic use of cells grown in the lab. Before stem cells gained prominence, Green cultivated them to generate skin grafts for burn patients. As an Alpert Prize recipient, Green joins an elite international group of researchers, seven of whom have also won a Nobel Prize.

“Right now there are but a handful of proven stem cell therapies, and two of the major ones are directly derived from the pioneering work of Howard Green,” said Elaine Fuchs, a well-known skin stem cell biologist and the Rebecca Lancefield professor at Rockefeller University. Fuchs, who is also a Howard Hughes investigator and the current president of the International Society for Stem Cell Research, completed her postdoctoral work in Green’s lab.

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