The Bedford scientists are now testing culture conditions to create the best environment to isolate and expand the testis stem cells. Currently, the tests are being done with mouse testis cells, but once the culture conditions have been perfected, the scientists will begin their first group of study patients.
Update on Spinal Cord Workshop: Hans Keirstead, PhD Gives Tedx Talk: "Innocent Intrigue"
The Spinal Cord Workshop
Join us on Friday, November 9: What Are The Barriers to Cure? Since 2008 this powerful workshop has been bringing together scientists and clinical practitioners to hash out the current state of stem cell research and spinal cord injury treatments.
Dr. Kiessling will give a talk titled, "Totipotency, Pluripotency and Growth Factors". She'll be joined by Plenary Speaker: Dr. Sandra Engle of Pfizer, and Featured Speakers: Dr. Mark Tomishima, Sloan-Kettering, Dr. Danwei Huangfu, Sloan-Kettering, Dr. Noemi Fusaki of DNAVEC Corp., and Dr. Nirupama Shevde of Life Technologies, Inc.
What Are The Barriers to Cure? Since 2008 this powerful workshop has been bringing together scientists and clinical practitioners to hash out the current state of stem cell research and spinal cord injury treatments.
This year's faculty speakers include: Jose Cibelli, DVM, PhD, Philip Horner, PhD, Hans Keirstead, PhD, Ann A. Kiessling, PhD,
Steven L. Stice, PhD,
Keith Tansey, MD, PhD, and Wise Young, PhD.
More information and speakers will be announced shortly.
The current raucous debate over the commonly used PSA blood test to screen for prostate cancer, the third leading cause of cancer deaths in men in the U.S.(a), stems from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force’s recommendation to discontinue PSA screening(b). The debate is pitting physician against physician, cancer advocacy groups against health care insurance companies, and leaving men with enormous questions about what to do about their lifetime risk of developing prostate cancer.
The Task Force’s recommendation is based on it’s review of medical literature that concluded that PSA screening leads to more unnecessary treatment complications than are justified by lives saved because... Read More
A recent article in Scientific American questioned whether research on stem cell lines derived from unfertilized eggs was too tightly regulated by the federal government. Now that technology allows the creation of stem cells without fertilization, there is no question that federal laws and guidelines are overly restrictive, causing a detrimental effect on valuable scientific inquiry.
Since 1996, Congress has included the Dickey-Wicker Amendment in the annual federal budget. This amendment was a conservative reaction to what some considered to be scientific research that showed little respect toward life.... Read More
My support for stem cell research has its foundation in my deep-seeded belief in reproductive rights for women. Since I came of age in the 1970’s, women’s reproductive rights and freedom have been continually eroded by federal and state legislation. That has been coupled with diminished government support and funding – ranging from access to abortion services to stem cell research. Because of that, I have volunteered time and donated money to help preserve these rights.
But last summer, my support for stem cell research became personal. During a mugging on the Cape, my stepson was shot by the assailant, resulting in a severed spinal cord at T-5. He’s now a parapalegic... Read More
BSCRF scientists have derived two unique lines of stem cells that may lead to a breakthrough in the efficiency of stem cell derivation and expansion.
BSCRF scientists are following up their discovery that the genes that regulate the rhythms of daily life, circadian rhythm genes, may play important roles in stem cell derivation and stability in culture. Circadian rhythm genes regulate cells in the body by turning “on” and “off” over a 24-hour cycle in response to signals such as light/dark cycles, hormone pulses, and body temperature variations. Read More
In This Issue:Progress in Circadian Rhythms and Stem Cells, Developing the First Circadian Incubator, Doing More With Less: A Letter From the Director, Testis Project Update, The 2011 Activated Egg Symposium, Victoria Staeble Joins the Board of Trustees and more.
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MORE VIDEOS: Learn about the four kinds of pluripotent stem cells. Find out the crucial difference
between Embryonic Stem Cells, Nuclear Transplant Stem
Cells, Parthenogenic Stem Cells and Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells. Plus, what's
the difference between an Ovasome and an Embryo?
LEARN ABOUT EGG DONATION
The Human Egg Donor Program
BSCRF has the first and only human egg donor program of its kind in the nation. Learn more about BSCRF's stringent ethics advisory board and the protocol that has set the standard for today's emerging human egg donor programs.