Stem cells, ISSCR award to researchers from the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia
Graziella Pellegrini and Michele De Luca are the first Italian researchers who have received the innovation award assigned by the International Society for Stem Cell Research - ISSCR, the most important award for research on stem cells.
The 2018 Award, which will be handed out to the researchers of the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia during the ISSCR meeting held in June in Australia, recognizes “original thinking and groundbreaking research pertaining to stem cells or regenerative medicine that opens new avenues of exploration toward the understanding or treatment of human disease or affliction.”
"De Luca e Pellegrini have pioneered how epithelial stem cell research is translated into the clinic,” said ISSCR President Clevers. “They developed innovative conditions for the culture of patient-derived limbal (eye) stem cells, using them to restore vision loss in patients with eye injuries and this treatment became available for all EU patients.
Michele De Luca, professor of Biochemistry at the Life Sciences Department, is Gene Therapy Program coordinator and directs the Centre for Regenerative Medicine "Stefano Ferrari". Graziella Pellegrini coordinates the Cell Therapy Program and is professor of Applied Biology at the Medicine and Surgery Department.
“This very important award recognizes the commitment of a whole life dedicated to research focused on clinical application for the treatment of very serious diseases,” said Michele De Luca.
“I am very excited to receive such an award,” added Graziella Pellegrini, “since it motivates us to continue with even stronger determination the research world that we started many years ago”.