Duke University has received $10,2 million from the Robertson Foundation to advance their research on stem cells. The founder of Robertson Foundation, Julian Robertson says the Foundation decided to donate to Duke University because of previous work and research of Dr. Joanne Kurtzberg, a division chief of Pediatric Blood and Marrow Transplantation at the Duke University and medical director of Carolinas Cord Blood Bank. According to Julian Robertson, Dr. Kreutzberg’s work reflects the potentials to change the lives of thousands of people in the United States as well as around the world. Stem cells can differentiate into many kinds of specialized cell in the body and have great potentials in organ transplantation and patients suffering from a wide range of diseases and disorders.
According to Dr. Kreutzberg who says that Duke University is very excited about the donation, the money from the donation will go for establishment of Translational Cell Therapy Center which will feature laboratories with highly advanced technology for clinical therapy with stem cells. Dr. Kreutzberg also stated that the donation will enable the Duke to forward the research which is of great importance for the field of regenerative medicine, while chief executive officer of Duke University Health System and chancellor for health affairs Dr. Victor Dzau said the Translational Cell Therapy Center will help the University to expand its research on stem cell therapy and treatments for people with cerebral palsy, cancer, stroke and brain injuries, etc. He also emphasized the work of Dr. Kreutzberg and her team in stem cell field and importance of their work for medicine.
Part of the money from the donation will be also used for construction of laboratory for storage and creation of stem cells that will be build according to the guidelines of the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).