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WMU News – Alumna discusses embryonic stem cell research

Posted in ALL ARTICLES, STEM CELLS IN THE NEWS with tags , , , , , , , , on April 3, 2009 by David Granovsky

I look forward to hearing how she handled the embryonic rejection issues and the tendency to form tumors. -dg

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WMU News

Alumna discusses embryonic stem cell research

April 2, 2009

KALAMAZOO–Western Michigan University graduate Jacqueline Kueh, a doctoral student in England, returns to WMU to discuss her research in spinal cord repair and in embryonic stem cells at noon Wednesday, April 8, in Kirsch Auditorium of the Fetzer Center.

A doctoral candidate at the University College London Institute of Neurology, Kueh will address two separate lines of her research in “Pluripotency of Embryonic Stem Cells and New Developments in Spinal Cord Repair.”

After graduating from WMU in 2003, Kueh returned to her native Southeast Asia and did research at both the National University of Singapore, under the direction of Dr. Ariff Bongso, a pioneer in human embryonic stem cell research, and at the Genome Institute of Singapore. In 2006, she began her doctoral studies at University College London, where she works under Dr. Geoffrey Raisman, a pioneer in spinal cord repair.

Originally from Malaysia, Kueh began her undergraduate studies at Sunway College. She graduated summa cum laude from WMU with a bachelor’s degree in biomedical sciences. While at WMU, she was a Phi Kappa Phi Scholar and was one of the original Monroe-Brown Research Scholars in 2002. She also was active in the Malaysian Student Organization and worked in 2003 as a freshman orientation leader.

For more information about Kueh’s presentation, contact Dr. David Huffman at david.huffman@wmich.edu or (269) 387-2865.

Media contact: Thom Myers, (269) 387-8400, thom.myers@wmich.edu

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World’s Leading Scientists Meet to Examine Barriers for Stem Cell Therapies to Cure Spinal Cord Injury

Posted in ALL ARTICLES, STEM CELLS IN THE NEWS with tags , , , , , , , , on April 1, 2009 by David Granovsky

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World’s Leading Scientists Meet to Examine Barriers for Stem Cell Therapies to Cure Spinal Cord Injury

Following President Barack Obama’s decision to lift the ban on federal funding for embryonic stem cell research, medical and scientific experts will converge at the University of Georgia to discuss how recent advances in stem cell research can be translated into cures for spinal cord injuries.

The second Spinal Cord Workshop, a program of the Bedford Stem Cell Research Foundation, will be held on Saturday, April 4 from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Paul D. Coverdell Center for Biomedical and Health Sciences.

Every year close to 11,000 people sustain spinal cord injuries in the United States, while more than 200,000 Americans live each day with a disability caused by them.

“Because spinal cord injury usually occurs in otherwise healthy, young adults, it is an especially attractive candidate for a cure for stem cell therapy,” said Ann Kiessling, director of the Bedford Stem Cell Research Foundation. “The big question is whether a ‘moon shot’ approach will produce a cure, or if there is still too much basic science yet unknown.”

The workshop is hosted by UGA’s Regenerative Bioscience Center. Additional support is provided by the UGA Biomedical and Health Sciences Institute, the Shepherd Center in Atlanta, and Millipore, Inc.

“The University of Georgia is fortunate to team up with the Bedford Foundation to host these leading experts in spinal cord therapies to discuss and develop new paths forward for spinal cord injuries,” said Steven Stice, director of the Regenerative Bioscience Center. “In addition, Georgia’s recent legislation aimed at restricting stem cell research makes this workshop an especially timely one.”

Created in 1996, the Bedford Stem Cell Research Foundation is a Massachusetts-based public charity and biomedical institute that exists to conduct stem cell and related research for diseases and conditions that currently have no cure.

The Regenerative Bioscience Center brings UGA’s expertise, resources and accomplishments in human embryonic stem cell research under one umbrella, while contributing to the University’s educational and outreach missions with student research experiences and public lectures, symposia, and workshops communicating the benefits and risks of regenerative bioscience.

The event serves as a follow-up to the inaugural Spinal Cord Workshop held at UGA in March 2008, titled “Spinal Cord Injury: What Are The Barriers To Cure?”

Workshop faculty this year include:
Hans Keirstead, Ph.D, associate professor of anatomy and neurobiology, University of California at Irvine, Reeve-Irvine Research Center; Douglas Kerr, M.D., Ph.D., associate professor of neurology, molecular biology and immunology, and director, John Hopkins Transverse Myelitis Center; John W. McDonald, M.D., Ph.D., director, International Center for Spinal Cord Injury, Kennedy Krieger Institute; Steven L. Stice, Ph.D., professor, GRA Eminent Scholar, director of the Regenerative Bioscience Center at the University of Georgia and CSO, Aruna Biomedical Inc; Keith Tansey, M.D., Ph.D., director, Spinal Cord Injury Research, Shepherd Center; Scott Wittemore, Ph.D., professor and vice chairman for research, Department of Neurological Surgery, University of Louisville; Wise Young, M.D., Ph.D., professor and chair, Department of Cell Biology and Neuroscience, Rutgers University, and director, W.M. Keck Center for Collaborative Neuroscience.

Registration information for the 2009 workshop, as well as video from the 2008 workshop talks, is available online at: http://www.spinalcordworkshop.org

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Stem Cells Take Off in Europe – Croatia

Posted in ALL ARTICLES, STEM CELLS IN THE NEWS with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on March 31, 2009 by David Granovsky

SCIENCE: FIRST STEM CELL BANK FOR PRIVATES OPENS IN ZAGREB (ANSAmed) – ZAGREB, MARCH 11 – The first stem cell for personal use in Croatia was opened at the Institute for Blood Transfusion at the Zagreb Hospital and Clinical Centre. The new stem cell bank, as South-Eastern Europe Times online reports, will allow parents to store stem cells from the umbilical cords of their newborns for 2,000 euro. The cells will be stored for years and, if necessary, can later be used to treat certain types of disease. (ANSAmed). 2008-03-11 17:21
http://www.ansamed.info/en/news/ME07.YAM17211.html

Stem Cells Take Off in Europe – Greece 2

Posted in ALL ARTICLES, STEM CELLS IN THE NEWS with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on March 31, 2009 by David Granovsky

HEALTH: GREECE’S 2ND STEM CELL BANK TO OPEN IN THESSALONIKI (ANSAmed) – ATHENS, APRIL 23 – A public research stem cell bank will be founded at Thessalonikìs Papageorgiou Hospital. The announcement was made today by Greek deputy Health Minister Athansios Yannopoulos who was speaking at the 22nd Medical Congress in Northern Greece. According to the deputy health minister, a special committee will outline the specifications that are necessary for a stem cell bank to operate, for which relative legislation will be based. The Athens Academy stem cell bank is the only such bank currently in operation in Greece. Stem cells are primal cells common to all multi-cellular organisms that retain the ability to renew themselves through cell division and can differentiate into a wide range of specialized cell types. The stem cells can be taken only in the case of in vitro fertilization and clinical tests made so far were aimed at treating people with cancer. (ANSAmed). 2007-04-23 16:44
http://www.ansamed.info/en/news/ME06.@AM16435.html

Stem Cells Take Off in Europe- Greece 1

Posted in ALL ARTICLES, STEM CELLS IN THE NEWS with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on March 31, 2009 by David Granovsky

GREECE: FIRTS STEM CELL BANK INAUGURATED IN ATHENS (ANSAmed) – ATHENS, DECEMBER 12 – A stem cell bank inaugurated at the National Hellenic Research Foundation (NHRF) on yesterday represents the first public-private partnership in biotechnology applications in the country, the head of the NHRF Prof. Dimitrios Kyriakidis announced in a press conference. The partnership, as Kathimerini reports today, involves the private biotech firm Biohellenika SA and the NHRF, which join forces to ensure the safe storage of stem cells and ways to encourage stem cell research and its application in clinical practice…
http://www.ansamed.info/en/news/ME03.@AM12003.html

Stem Cells Take Off in Europe – Italia

Posted in ALL ARTICLES, STEM CELLS IN THE NEWS with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on March 31, 2009 by David Granovsky

HEALTH: TUMORS, STEM CELLS BIOBANK CREATED IN ITALY (ANSAmed) – PAVIA, JANUARY 21 – It is the only one to have stem cells of lung tumours, and moreover has collected stem cells of colon tumours, ovary, melanoma of breast and brain: this is the Italian biobank of stem cells which nourishes the tumours and are reason for development of metastasis, created in Italian National Institute of Health (ISS) and is one of the largest in the world…
http://www.ansamed.info/en/news/ME03.YAM17231.html

Stem Cells Take Off in Europe – Spain

Posted in ALL ARTICLES, STEM CELLS IN THE NEWS with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on March 30, 2009 by David Granovsky

STEM CELLS: THRIVING BUSINESS IN SPAIN ***
STEM CELLS: NOW A MILLION EURO BUSINESS IN SPAIN ***
(ANSAmed) – MADRID, JANUARY 28 – The stem cell business has become a global industry. According to a study published in El Pais today, just in Spain, 26,500 couples have sent umbilical cords abroad, paying between 1,300 and 2,000 euro to preserve them for 20 years…
http://www.ansamed.info/en/news/ME03.@AM68267.html