Wernig is part of a CIRM disease team working on a therapy for a deadly childhood skin disease called epidermolysis bullosa, and has a Tools and Technologies award to study neurological disorders by converting skin cells directly into nerves.
Two years ago ISSCR recognized CIRM grantee Robert Blelloch of UCSF, and the year before Joanna Wysocka, a CIRM grantee at Stanford, got the honor.
We'll have more about Wernig in June, when ISSCR honors him at their national meeting in Boston. In the mean time, here's Wernig at our grantee meeting giving us a very short description of his work. From this, you can see why ISSCR would take notice.