A notice for 8 million euros in funding for stem cell projects, a line of research that promises important results for ocular diseases, Parkinson’s, heart diseases, and the fight against tumors was announced by deputy health minister Ferruccio Fazio, who while speaking to the AGI press agency underlined “the importance of regenerative medicine, one of the great hopes for the future, as well as biotechnologies for new treatments altering molecular systems”.
The notification will expire on July 20 and is intended for universities, the National Research Council (CNR), and other private and public research groups. Three independent judges, one of whom will be from abroad, will evaluate the projects that are presented. The research topics eligible for funding include innovative strategies for experimental models (cellular and animal), risk/benefit analysis for pharmacological and non-pharmacological treatments and epidemiology research.
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Veterinarians in Wichita conducted the first phase of a stem cell trial today in Wichita. Their goal is to treat laminitis, a disease in horses hoofs. They will do this using stem cells taken from the horses using liposuction. Laminitis is painful and even crippling for horses.
“Those horses usually digress over time to the point where they finally lose their life,” Dr. Preston Hickman said.
The trial is 90 days. The ten horses participating will have 3 stem cell injections over the three months.
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Bioheart Inc previously announced that it is working with NorthStar Biotech to help promote regenerative medicine. NorthStar has announced that it will subsidize physicians to participate in the Ageless Regenerative Institute stem cell training program. The fully accredited CME training program includes a didactic lecture series followed by hands-on clinical training for physicians to learn to isolate stem cells for immediate use in their patients. The Ageless Regenerative Institute has successfully trained over 200 physicians and these physicians are utilizing both adipose and bone marrow derived stem cells as well as platelet rich plasma for orthopedics, aesthetics and other degenerative diseases.
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Your hair may seem unwilling to cooperate some mornings, but at the root of each strand is a tiny partnership of stem cells that work very well together to make hair happen. New research from The Rockefeller University has elucidated how these adult stem cells communicate with each other to make hair grow and give it pigment.
“Deciphering the mechanisms behind stem cell differentiation advances our understanding of how adult stem cells can be used to maintain tissue integrity and heal wounds,” says Chiung-Ying Chang, a graduate student in the Laboratory of Elaine Fuchs, Rebecca C. Lancefield Professor at Rockefeller.
Adult stem cells are found throughout the body and, like embryonic stem cells, can self-renew indefinitely, forming new cells for the organ in which they reside and aiding in the repair of damaged tissue. In the hair follicle, stem cells come in two types: hair follicle stem cells, which help the hair to grow, and melanocyte stem cells, which give it color.
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Stanford University’s Faculty Senate today approved the creation of what officials believe is the first PhD program devoted solely to stem cell science in the nation and, perhaps, the world. The new doctoral program in stem cell biology and regenerative medicine is also the first interdisciplinary doctoral program created by the School of Medicine in recent years.
School officials say the fact that the university is taking the rare step of creating a new doctoral program acknowledges the growing importance of stem cell research in the realm of biomedical science. The senate’s initial approval of the program extends for five years.
“Stem cell biology is a distinct discipline that requires unique skills and includes a scope of knowledge and a skill set that is not covered by other disciplines,” said Renee Reijo Pera, PhD, professor of obstetrics and gynecology and director of the new PhD program.
Program leaders note that Stanford is among a small number of U.S. universities that have the necessary ingredients to create a doctoral program teaching the full range of stem cell science. They add that although a few other schools have recently established PhD programs involving stem cell biology, Stanford is the first to create a free-standing doctoral program dedicated solely to stem cell biology and regenerative medicine.
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