The Center for Stem Cell Biology was established with $10.5 million in funding provided by the U-M Medical School, the Life Sciences Institute and the Molecular and Behavioral Neuroscience Institute (MBNI) in September 2005. The U-M Stem Cell Center will emphasize using stem cell science to answer the most pressing questions of fundamental human biology, such as how specific tissues in the body are formed and how cells communicate with one another.
U-M scientists have made notable advances in many areas of stem cell science, especially involving tissue-specific and cancer stem cells. The U-M Medical School is home to one of only three NIH-funded human embryonic stem cell research centers in the United States. The new center will expand current areas of research strength by using stem cells to pursue basic biological questions. The Center is also home to a stem cell research room for the study of stem cell lines created with private donations.
The aim of the Center is to create and support this rapidly developing area of science by bringing scientists from many disciplines together to focus on important questions in stem cell biology with the belief that understanding the fundamental biology of stem cells increases the potential for advances in biomedical research and medicine.
The key of the center is knowledge-building and collaboration—bringing the best scientists together from multiple disciplines to shed light on these big problems.