Three San Diego-based research teams garnered a total of $55.6 million from the California stem cell institute today. The San Diego awards were among 14 totaling $230 million that the institute handed out statewide.

Here is a rundown of the local awards:

  • A team led by University of California, San Diego researcher Dennis Carson was given $20 million for the use of stem cells in leukemia research. The UCSD team is partnering with a team for the University of Toronto.
  • A team led by Emmanuel Baetge, chief scientist at San Diego-based Novocell, was awarded $20 million for research into using stem cells for diabetes research. Baetge is partnering with a team from the University of California, San Francisco.
  • A team of Salk Institute for Biological Studies researchers were given $15.6 million for stem cell research focused on Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, or Lou Gehrig’s disease. The Salk researchers will partner with UCSD and the locally based Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research.

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