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Saint Mary's University gets grant for regenerative medicine

WINONA — Saint Mary's University announced Friday that it was selected to receive a grant of about $100,000 from Regenerative Medicine Minnesota that will support a new program for the 2016-17 school year.

A press release from SMU says the grant "will support a two-week intensive theoretical and practical program next spring to raise interest and awareness for regenerative medicine and tissue engineering among Saint Mary's and other college students."

The proposal was submitted by Dr. Todd Reinhart, dean of SMU's School of the Sciences and Health Professions. The program is expected to include "intensive mini-lectures, demonstrations, hands-on exercises, and interactive activities."

Regenerative Medicine Minnesota was created by the Minnesota Legislature in 2014 as a joint venture between Mayo Clinic and the University of Minnesota in hopes of creating the infrastructure to support research that makes regenerative medicine more accessible to residents. The discipline has shown a "tremendous potential" to impact the treatment of different organ disease, according to SMU's press release.

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