360 Stem Cell & Regenerative Medicine Newsletter- July 09, 2015

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360 Stem Cell & Regenerative Medicine Newsletter - July 09, 2015

Featured Video from ISSCR: Sean J. Morrison Assumes Leadership of the ISSCR Following the Annual Meeting, June 24-27, Stockholm, Sweden

The International Society for Stem Cell Research (ISSCR) selected Sean J. Morrison, Children’s Research Institute at UT Southwestern Medical Center, as the incoming president of the ISSCR board of directors, immediately following the ISSCR’s annual meeting. He succeeds Rudolf Jaenisch, Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research and MIT. by Sally Temple of the Neural Stem Cell Institute fills the role of president elect.

360 Editor’s comment: I was very pleased to attend the ISSCR meeting in Stockholm and had some very good interactions with the new leadership team. Dr. Morrison has a dynamic personality. He is a superb researcher and advocate for the science. Sally Temple is a noted neural stem cell scientist and longstanding member of the GPI Science Advisory Board. We wish them much success. Also, congratulations to ISSCR CEO, Nancy Witty, and her wonderful team, for producing another stellar meeting in a fantastic city.

World Stem Cell Summit

World Stem Cell Summit & RegMed Capital Conference update:
Poster abstract submissions now being received!

Newly confirmed speakers include:

Elizabeth G. Loboa, PhD, Professor and Associate Chair, Joint Department of Biomedical Engineering at UNC-Chapel Hill and NC State University

C. Randal Mills, PhD, President & CEO, California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM)

Anthony J. Windebank, MD, Professor of Neurology
Deputy Director, Center for Regenerative Medicine,
Mayo Clinic

HealthCanal: Regenerative Medicine Biologists Discover a Cellular Structure That Explains Fate of Stem Cells
UT Southwestern Medical Center scientists collaborating with University of Michigan researchers have found a previously unidentified mechanism that helps explain why stem cells undergo self-renewing divisions but their offspring do not. “The findings are important groundwork for understanding how stem cells reproduce and how miscommunication between cells can result in diseases like cancer. Too much stem cell production, for example, can lead to cancerous growth. Too little reproduction can result in inadequate renewal of cells and underlies the aging process.” The study was published in Nature.

City of Hope: New CIRM-Funded Stem Cell Clinic Treats Its First Patient
“A City of Hope brain tumor patient is the first to be treated by City of Hope’s Alpha Clinic for Cell Therapy and Innovation (ACT-I), part of the state’s Alpha Clinics network, created to speed the development and delivery of stem cell therapies to patients who desperately need them. The patient underwent surgery for recurrent glioblastoma and was then treated in a clinical trial using genetically modified neural stem cells — which naturally home to cancer cells — to help deliver chemotherapy to brain cancer cells. The aim of this neural stem cell research is to develop a treatment that is more potent and less toxic than existing treatments for brain tumors.”


Ottawa South News: Canada Stem Cell Bank Officially Launches
Cord blood bank represents cost-savings to health-care system.

The Stanford Daily: Researchers Develop Patient-Specific Heart Cells from Stem Cells
“Induced pluripotent stem cells (IPSC) could be the key to the future of personalized medicine, as a new study published by Stanford Cardiovascular Medicine has successfully used the stem cells to recreate patient-specific heart cells. Their research could carve the path for other areas of medicine to use IPSC, which can be transformed into any body cell, to develop patient-specific treatments for any disease.” The research was published in Cell Stem Cell.


Herald Sun (Australia): Health Authorities Target Melbourne Clinics’ Unproven Stem Cell Treatments
“Health authorities are racing to crack down on doctors offering unproven stem cell treatments as Melbourne clinics promise to fix everything from aging and sore knees to motor neuron disease and dementia. Despite their treatments having little scientific evidence, a loophole in Australia’s medical laws is allowing clinics to charge patients thousands of dollars to have stem cells injected into their body, leaving regulators powerless to act.”

UC San Diego and GSK Collaborate to Eradicate Cancer Stem Cells, Treat Leukemia
“Researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine and Moores Cancer Center are working with GSK on a bench-to-bedside project to treat leukemia and other diseases by eliminating cancer stem cells. The collaboration is part of GSK’s Discovery Partnerships with Academia (DPAc) program, where academic partners become core members of drug-hunting teams. Catriona Jamieson, MD, PhD, associate professor of medicine and chief of the Division of Regenerative Medicine, will lead UC San Diego’s effort in the new DPAc team.”


USC Stem Cell Researchers Reveal Genetic Blueprint for Cartilage
“Cartilage does a lot more than determine the shapes of people’s ears and noses. It also enables people to breathe and to form healthy bones — two processes essential to life. In a study published in Cell Reports, USC Stem Cell researchers explore how a protein called Sox9 regulates the production of cartilage.” According to the researchers, people have a Sox9 mutation, can suffer from a devastating condition of bent bones and respiratory failure called campomelic dysplasia. The study advances knowledge of Sox9’s role in causing the disease.

The San Diego Union-Tribune: USC says UCSD Alzheimer's Staff in Mass Defection- War of Words-
– Legal Battle Ensues!

360 Editor’s Comment: The article explains the positions very well. My unsolicited, curbside (and therefore free) legal advice to both sides: Settle the case now! No good can come of this.

Japan Times: Obokata Returns STAP Cell Paper Publication Fees to Riken

Clapway: Prehistoric Saber-Tooth Cats Grew Their Teeth Long and Fast
I always wondered about this. I own a model saber-tooth tiger skull now displayed in my study - really. Of topical interest is that the Neural Stem Cell Institute was mentioned in the article. The very same Institute founded by Sally Temple, our new president elect of ISSCR. See leading article above.

360 Newsletter Editor

Bernard Siegel
Executive Director
Genetics Policy Institute

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