Nexxus Awards for MRC Centre for Regenerative Medicine researchers

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Two researchers at the MRC Centre for Regenerative Medicine received a Nexxus award at a ceremony on 24 November 2009 at the City Chambers on Edinburgh’s Royal Mile. Prof Sir Ian Wilmut, Director of the Centre, received the Lifetime Achievement award and Dr Keisuke Kaji became Nexxus' Young Life Scientist of the Year.

Prof Wilmut was credited for his significant contribution to raise the reputation of central Scotland as a centre of excellence for life sciences.

Prof Wilmut said, "It is an honour to win this award. It is important to recognise that research of this kind is carried out by a team of people who each contribute essential skills and experience to the project. In a very real sense I accept the award on behalf of the team. I am also delighted that the award recognises the importance of basic research. Advances in basic research are essential for the future development of life sciences in Scotland. We can look forward to new opportunities arising from the Dolly experiment playing an important part in Scottish companies."

Dr Keisuke Kaji won the award for his work in cellular reprogramming, changing adult cells into stem cells. His advances in laboratory-based cell manipulation represent a significant advance towards generating custom made tissues from patients’ own cells that can be used to repair damaged or diseased organs.

"It is a great honour to win this award," said Dr Kaji of the MRC Centre for Regenerative Medicine at the University of Edinburgh. "The reprogramming research area is very competitive and I am proud that although my lab is small, we have been able to make a contribution to improve the technology."

Photos by Tom Finnie Photography, courtesy of Nexxus.

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