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TITLE Clinical Regenerative Wound Healing With Stem Cells ABSTRACT Chronic skin wounds affect a large number of patients every year who suffer from diabetes, burns, venous disease leg ulcers, arterial disease leg ulcers, pressure ulcers, and ulcers from spinal diseases. The annual health care costs for wound care in the United States is $15 billion. The purpose of our CIRM Disease Team Planning Award Proposal is to create an investigative team across the academic departments of Pathology, Dermatology, Surgery, Dermatology and Cell and Neurobiology who will work together using stem cell technology to study regenerative wound healing of the skin in which there is restoration of the skin's normal architecture, lack of fibrosis and regeneration of skin appendages  hair follicles, sebaceous glands and eccrine glands. This type of healing takes place in Nature such as the regeneration of the limb of a newt, but does not occur normally in post-natal human beings. Our team consists of a NIH-funded Plastic Surgeon who runs the USC Burn Unit and has performed many wound healing clinical trials; a NIH-funded Pathologist with expertise in epidermal-mesenchymal interactions and skin appendage formation; an accomplished stem cell biologist; (iv) a NIH-funded clinical investigator dermatologist with expertise in wound healing and two NIH-funded molecular biologists with expertise in gene therapy, lentiviral delivery of genes into human skin cells, skin cell motility and wound healing. In this proposal, the team will organize a research agenda that is disease oriented with the goal to translate our findings to the clinic and manipulate the microenvironment of human skin wounds such that they heal in with a regenerative, non-scarring process in which there is an organized expression of skin appendages in the healed skin using stem cells. If successful, this would completely alter the wound healing landscape and have a major impact on the care of burn wounds, chronic leg ulcers from patients with venous and arterial disease, pressure ulcers and spinal cord injury-induced wounds. It would also benefit children who are born with a genetic scarring blist
PI David Timothy Woodley INSTITUTE University of Southern California STATE California AMOUNT $42,574.00 AWARD DATE 2008 June GRANT TYPE Disease Team Planning