Clemson University will receive a $9.3 million, five-year grant from the National Institutes of Health to establish a center for biomedical research and tissue regeneration.
Faculty from the University of South Carolina and the Medical University of South Carolina will also provide expertise at the new Center of Biomedical Research Excellence for Tissue Regeneration.
Clemson president James Barker said the new center will "significantly improve our collaborative efforts in South Carolina to recruit, train and retain researchers with cross-disciplinary skills in the area of regenerative medicine. This recognition from NIH is a great honor for Clemson University and speaks to the rich history and outstanding quality of research from our bioengineering department."
Naren Vyavahare, a bioengineering professor at Clemson, will be the center's director. He said end-stage organ failure and tissue loss create health care costs of $400 billion each year in the U.S.
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"The center's research focus will be on tissue regeneration through cell-biomaterials interactions with the goal of restoring functional tissues," Vyavahare said.