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University of Manchester

Institute of Inflammation and Repair


Giulio Cossu is currently the Constance Thornley Professor of Regenerative Medicine at the University of Manchester. Giulio has a long lasting interest in the field of muscle cell and developmental biology. He discovered the myogenic potential of a bone-marrow derived, circulating progenitor cell. He also identified a novel population of vessel associated stem cell, the mesoangioblasts that proved effective in the treatment of a mouse and dog models of muscular dystrophy. He was PI of a "first in man" clinical trial based upon intra-arterial delivery of HLA-matched mesoangioblasts in patients affected by Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy and is currently PI of a second trial based upon intra-muscular injection of autologous, genetically corrected mesoangioblasts.