360 Stem Cell & Regenerative Medicine Newsletter- October 22, 2015

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360 Stem Cell & Regenerative Medicine Newsletter - Oct 22, 2015

Featured video rom WGCL-TV Atlanta:

Anticipating Future Illness, Patients Freeze Stem Cells from Own Wisdom Teeth
Ouch! Is there a hidden benefit from a tooth extraction? Learn about the company Vault SC, Inc. that works with oral surgeons to store patient’s stem cells. The video features UGA stem cell expert, Dr. Franklin West. You can meet Dr. West at the upcoming World Stem Cell Summit in Atlanta, where he speaks on two sessions: “Pre-Clinical Trials Using Large Animals and Non-Human Primates” and “Evolution & De-Extinction- The Frozen Zoo and Cloning the Mammoth.”

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Harvard Gazette: Converting Skin Cells to Stem Cells Creates ‘Kidney Structures’
Harvard Stem Cell Institute (HSCI) principal faculty at Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) have established a highly efficient method for making kidney structures from stem cells derived from skin taken from patients. The kidney structures formed could be used to study abnormalities of kidney development, chronic kidney disease, and the effects of toxic drugs, and could be incorporated into bioengineered devices to treat patients with acute and chronic kidney injury. In the longer term, these methods could hasten progress toward replacing a damaged or diseased kidney with tissue derived from a patient’s own cells.
The work was published in Nature Biotechnology.

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NYSCF and Cord Blood Registry Partner to Generate New Stem Cell Lines
New York Stem cell Foundation (NYSCF) and CBR Systems, Inc. DBA Cord Blood Registry (CBR) are collaborating to customize the creation of high-quality stem cell lines from umbilical cord blood tissue. NYSCF will create induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cell lines from umbilical cord tissue collected after birth from healthy newborns provided by CBR. The partnership will combine NYSCF’s stem cell research expertise, including the pioneering NYSCF Global Stem Cell Array technology, with CBR’s experience in newborn cord blood collection and banking. This collaboration will help anticipate necessary technology and infrastructure for regenerative medicine stem cell applications, including potential future treatments for patients and their families. Working together, NYSCF and CBR will advance biomedical research with the goal of realizing the power of precision medicine.


New Data with Brain-on-Chip for Neurodegenerative Disease from Collaborative Research by Emulate and Cedars-Sinai
According to a company media release, Emulate, Inc., announced that data on its Brain-on-Chip was presented at a scientific conference by its collaborators at Cedars Sinai’s Board of Governors Regenerative Medicine Institute. The collaborative research “open up new applications for using Emulate’s Brain-on-Chip, in combination with patient-derived iPS cells from Cedars-Sinai, as a system to advance drug R&D in the field of neurodegenerative diseases and improve understanding of key mechanisms driving disease development.”


BBC News: Heriot-Watt Researchers Print 3D Human Cells
“3D bioprinting is the process of generating cell patterns using 3D printing technologies. A team of researchers led by Dr Will Shu at the university's School of Engineering and Physical Sciences (EPS) put together a 3D printer capable of working with delicate stem cells. Working in conjunction with Roslin Cellab, the team have now refined the printer to make it capable of printing induced stem cells, derived from a donor's own adult cells, which are capable of developing into almost any other cell in the body.”

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The New Yorker: The Strangers in Your Brain
Insights to a longstanding question in neuroscience: how does nature wire up a system as complex as the human brain? Dr. Rusty Gage from the Salk Institute is featured in this engaging article. Consider this: “Not only is each brain different but it cannot ever exist again. Transposon insertions in the brain are not heritable. A daughter’s cerebral ecosystem is distinct from her mother’s and even her twin sister’s.”

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Rutgers Today: Genetics Research Center Awarded $6 Million Federal Grant
“The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke has awarded a five-year grant worth up to $6,034,323 to RUCDR Infinite Biologics, a unit of Rutgers’ Human Genetics Institute of New Jersey, to give researchers greater access to high-quality stem cells and other biospecimens that is essential to their work. With the new grant, the Rutgers operation will take over management of the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) stem cell repository. RUCDR, the world’s largest university-based biorepository, will provide a range of stem-cell related services including derivation and quality control of induced Pluripotent Stem Cells (iPSCs), to researchers throughout the world investigating diseases including Parkinson’s, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis and Huntington’s.”


University of Washington Medicine has Found a Way to 'Grow People's Hearts Back'
“UW Medicine just landed grant money to progress from trials in animals to human clinical trials as doctors and researchers there attempt to regenerate a person's heart following a heart attack. Scientists in UW Medicine's two-year-old Heart Regeneration Program have been working on innovative heart disease treatment research where they grow embryonic stem cells into heart cells — they even beat in the petri dish — that can be injected into a heart attack patient's heart to rebuild his or her heart wall.”


Gladstone Institutes: Nobel Prize winning Stem Cell Scientist Elected to the National Academy of Medicine
“Nobel Prize winner Shinya Yamanaka, MD, PhD, a Senior Investigator at the Gladstone Institutes in San Francisco, has been elected to the National Academy of Medicine. Election adds to an impressive list of accolades for Dr. Shinya Yamanaka, inventor of induced pluripotent stem cells.”


Independent: Bacteria 'talk' to each other to coordinate their actions, research says
One wonders- if bacteria could speak to one another, what would they have to say?

“We may never be able to look at ‘germs’ with quite the same disdain again. Scientists have discovered that bacteria – commonly reviled as primitive single-cell organisms that make us ill – can communicate with each other in a similar way to nerve cells in the human brain. Researchers in the US found that – like human nerve cells – bacteria could use electrical signals to ‘talk’ to each other. In this way, the seemingly primitive organisms can synchronize the actions of a colony of billions of microscopically small individuals to function ‘like a microbial brain’. It was even speculated that separate colonies could communicate with each other and co-ordinate their actions.”


360 Newsletter Editor

Bernard Siegel
Executive Director
Genetics Policy Institute

2015 World Stem Cell Summit

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