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U of I College of Medicine at Rockford gets $3 million

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Rockford could soon become a center for regenerative medicine for people with disabilities thanks to a $3 million gift to the University of Illinois College of Medicine in Rockford.

The gift, given to the school by the C.W.B. Foundation, will be used to create a research center for cell regeneration for people with disabilities. Researchers will be brought into the center to partner with the school's experts in medicine, technology, and other fields. Those individuals will then work together to help find breakthroughs in improving the lives of those with disabilities like spinal cord injuries, lost limbs, or debilitating diseases.

"We are committed to this endeavor which could lead to an improved quality of life, something we all strive to achieve for ourselves and our community members," C.W.B. Board Member Mark Blazer said.

Thanks to the gift from C.W.B. and matching funds from the University, a senior scientist will be recruited for cell regeneration research and a second professor will partner with the senior scientist to ensure the program's success. Curriculum, renovated lab space, and an educational program will also be developed for students who are interested in regenerative medicine.

Clinicians, medical students, scientists, and graduate and undergraduate students will be trained on regenerative medicine in the center, helping Rockford to become a main focal point for professionals involved in the field.

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