Meet Core Sponsors of UC Davis Regenerative Medicine Group

Motivated by a desire to help broaden the exploration of regenerative medicine as a treatment option for companion animals and horses, Dick and Carolyn Randall of Cupertino, Calif., provided core funding to launch a five-year, $2.5 million study of the therapeutic potential of adult stem cells.

Mr. Randall, a retired business executive and Quarter Horse breeder, has been riding reining horses competitively for more than 15 years. The Randalls' initial gift of $425,000 last December allowed the Center for Equine Health to organize and initiate the comprehensive regenerative medicine and stem cell research program in veterinary medicine.

The Stem Cell Regenerative Medicine Group includes 10 faculty members from five academic departments. It is housed at the Center for Equine Health and led by Larry Galuppo, DVM, MS, Dipl. ACVS, associate professor and chief of Equine Surgery in the School of Veterinary Medicine. The research team is collaborating with the UC Davis School of Medicine stem cell research program under the direction of Jan Nolta, PhD, one of the nation's leading stem cell researchers.

Both the Center for Equine Health and the Center for Companion Animal Health are supporting graduate student researchers pursuing PhD degrees in conjunction with this project. The initial focus will be on using regenerative medicine for bone healing and repair in horses and dogs. Additional research will be performed in the application of mesenchymal stem cells for tendon and ligament injuries. Scientists will work to determine the most effective harvesting, propagation and long-term storage techniques for future banking of stem cells. They will also compare the bone-forming potential of mesenchymal stem cells derived from three different sources: fat, bone marrow and umbilical cord blood. (Read more about this research.)  

In addition to the support from Mr. and Mrs. Randall, funding has been received or pledged from:

  • The Harriet Pfleger Foundation--for graduate student support.
  • Thermogenesis Corporation of Rancho Cordova--for bioarchival equipment and graduate student and technical training.
  • Alamo Pintado Equine Foundation--for tendon ligament regenerative studies.

Excerpt from The Horse Report, Vol. 26, No. 4, October 2008, Center for Equine Health, School of Veterinary Medicine, University of California, Davis. For more information and articles see

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