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Catholic parishioners fund stem cell research

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Professor Neil Scolding of the University of Bristol Institute of Clinical Neurosciences has just received received a grant of £25,000 from Catholic parishioners to help his work into 'ethical stem cell research'. Scolding is studying the use of adult stem cells in the battle against multiple sclerosis (MS) at Frenchay Hospital.

"We are absolutely delighted with this splendid contribution to our bone marrow stem cell research program relating to MS. Not only is it an extremely substantial help in funding our work, but an inspiring expression of confidence and optimism in what we are doing." says Scolding.

Catholic parishioners throughout the Bristol diocese collected grants and donations on the annual Day for Life on July 25. Bristol Catholic priest, Father Michael McAndrew says his parishioners raised £500,000 worth of grants that have been distributed nationwide

"The grants also benefit pregnancy counseling, mental health projects, and dementia sufferers thanks to the donations of Catholic parishioners in Bristol and throughout our diocese." McAndrew explained saying the Day of Life "celebrates the dignity of life from conception to natural death."

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You can read more about Scolding's research here or listen to his podcast on his work here.

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