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StemCells awarded $100,000 grant to develop Alzheimer’s therapy

StemCells, Inc. announced today that the California Institute of Regenerative Medicine (CIRM) has approved the Company’s application for a “Disease Team Therapy Development Planning Award.”

The grant, totaling approximately $100,000, will help fund the Company’s plans to develop its proprietary human neural stem cell product, HuCNS-SC(R) cells, in Alzheimer’s disease by enabling the Company and its collaborators at the University of California, Irvine, to prepare and submit an application for a “Disease Team Therapy Development Research Award.”

The CIRM has indicated that each Research Award will be up to $20 million, payable over four years, to fund preclinical and IND-enabling activities
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USA – Stem Cells, Possible to Reproduce Diseases in Laboratory

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An experiment successfully performed by researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the University of Missouri in Colombia, described in Nature magazine shows that cells removed from a patient’s skin and transformed into cells similar to embryonic stem cells have become a laboratory model for diseases and can be observed in real time and studied to find new cures. The researchers recreated spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) pluripotent stem cells removed from the skin of a child affected by the neurodegenerative genetic disease. In the laboratory, the cells behaved exactly as they do in
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New Safer Way to Make Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells

Researchers at Johns Hopkins have found a better way to create induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells—adult cells reprogrammed with the properties of embryonic stem cells—from a small blood sample. This new method, described last week in Cell Research, avoids creating DNA changes that could lead to tumor formation.

“These iPS cells are much safer than ones made with previous technologies because they don’t involve integrating foreign viruses that can potentially lead to uncontrolled, cancerous cell growth,” says Linzhao Cheng, Ph.D., an associate professor of medicine in the Division of Hematology and a
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I Want to Become a Medical Analyst… Any Suggestions on Why I Should Be MD, MD/PhD or PhD?

A Guest Post from Sandra Ochoa…

Sandra Ochoa

Well.. .my idea is always that prior you decide to set yourself on one of these paths do a little clinical shadowing and several lab research.

Some definitions first….
MD: Indicates Doctor of Medicine, a doctor’s education in medicine
PhD: Is the highest qualification obtained at a college or university, usually requiring 3 to 5 years of original analysis in a specific field of study.
MD/PhD: refers to an education consisting of both the medical training of a medical doctor (MD or DO) with the rigor of a scientific examiner (PhD)

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Stem Cell Review: Biological Processes & Industrial Production

What are the biological processes that stem cells go through? What are the industrial processes we need to manufacturing? What do we know about cancer stem cells? How do iPS cells fit into the picture vs. embryonic stem cells? In this episode we investigate how the science and research of stem cells is being translated into industrial cell processes to create FDA approvable, and commercializable products. Differentiation, proliferation, migration, retro-differentiation, trans-differentiation, transformation into cancer cells, the role of tumors‘ micro environments and epigenetics and all reviewed here by the field’s foremost experts.