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Video: Dr. Ann A. Kiessling receives first Alumni Achievement Award

From the University of Virginia: The Alumni Achievement Award is a new award established in 2010.  It honors an alumna or alumnus who has shown superior achievement in a field other than nursing since graduating from the University of Virginia School of Nursing.  It recognizes distinction in one’s field and/or contributions to another profession, business or industry, government or…

The First Five Days of a Mouse in GEM, Protein-Free Culture Medium

Foundation scientists are deriving new stem cell lines from fertilized mouse eggs in fully defined, protein-free culture medium, GEM (Gamete Embryo Medium). GEM is a specialized fluid that simulates fluids in the womb. By studying time lapse videos of developing mouse embryos, Foundation scientists will pinpoint the exact time to add stem cell growth factors to…

Q & A with the Director about Stem Cell Research at the Foundation

This article is an excerpt from the Winter Newsletter (pdf). Q: Has Obama’s Policy Helped Fund Stem Cell Research?  A: President Obama’s executive order to rescind the restrictions on the number of stem cell lines that could be studied with federal funds was valuable for some studies, but as long as the Dickey-Wicker amendment controls federal funds, the…

Evidence for the cure of HIV infection by CCR5 – 32 stem cell transplantation

Kristina Allers,*, Gero Hütter, Jörg Hofmann, Christoph Loddenkemper, Kathrin Rieger, Eckhard Thiel and Thomas Schneider Dec 2: Timothy Ray Brown can personally affirm that stem cells cure HIV disease, according to a December 2 report in the journal BLOOD. Mr. Brown, an HIV-positive American living in Germany, had leukemia and underwent chemotherapy and bone marrow transplantation…

The History of the Dickey-Wicker Amendment

Ann A. Kiessling, PhD Federal concern with human embryo research began over 25 years ago with the advent of assisted reproduction technologies, i.e. in vitro fertilization (IVF) or “test tube babies.” Although the first report of laboratory studies of human fertilization appeared in Science in 1944, (the work was conducted in Brookline, Massachusetts), clinical IVF…

2010 ISSCR: a remarkable lack of new clinical trials for stem cell therapy announced

This past week (June 16-19) in San Francisco, Bedford Research Foundation had a booth at the ISSCR (International Society for Stem Cell Research) 8th annual conference. We joined over 3,500 scientists, students and advisers attending the meeting from around the world. The conference boasted more than 200 talks, and some eye opening research from scientists such…

Day Two of the Int’l Conference: Reports from the Front Lines of Stem Cell Therapy Around the World

Day Two: April 23, 2010 Our second day of the International Conference of Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine for Neurodegenerative Diseasesbegan with a talk by Dr. Wise Young, of Rutgers University (USA), entitled, “Lithium Effects on Blood and Brain Stem Cells,” in it he summarized the clinical trial design for using umbilical cord blood stem…

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