Journal of Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine
 
 
 

News Letter - 09                       vol.1; iss.9                               22 July 2010

   
   

CURRENT STEM CELL NEWS

1. Novel method identified to culture adult stem cells

Stanford University researchers have grown Muscle stem cells in a soft Hydrogel that mimics the elasticity of muscle and recapitulates the physiological tissue rigidity. This will help overcome the major hurdles involved in the use of Muscle stem cells for Muscular dystrophy and other muscle wasting diseases. Click to read more...

2. First Stem Cell transplantation for heart disease in Japan proves to be a success

 Prof. Hiroaki Matsubara and his team from Kyoto Prefectural University of Medicine, Japan have for the first time in the nation used stem cells to repair damaged heart by transplanting the cells along with a special type of gelatinous sheet containing protein to encourage growth and reproduction of the heart muscle cells. Click to read more...


3. First Clinical trial in UK for Osteoarthritis

For the first time, Scientists at Keel University will conduct a trial on 70 patients with arthritic knees by the end of this year. This trial will employ Chondrocytes and bone marrow stem cells from the patients own body to treat Osteoarthritis. The scientists feel that combining the cells will help them to work better and they hope that the repair will be permanent and for a long term . Click to read more...

4. Further studies in progress to make iPS cells function in same manner as Embryonic Stem Cells-Say scientists

Researchers across the world are trying to study the true nature of iPS cells and studies are in progress to discern the similarities and differences between Embryonic Stem Cells and iPS in order to make the iPS cells function in a similar manner to embryonic Stem Cells. Click to read more...

5. Tet 1 protein essential for Stem Cells to maintain ‘Stemness’

UNC biochemist Yi Zhang and his team have discovered that a protein called Tet 1 is responsible for the stem cells to renew themselves and stay pluripotent to become any type of cell in the body. Click to read more...

6. Axolotls-A Mexican salamander helps study the mysteries of evolution

Research by Dr Johnson and team has revealed extraordinary similarities between Pluripotent stem cells present in the embryos of the Axolotls and to the one present in mammals. This will help understand embryonic stem cells and manipulate them in the future. Click to read more...

7. Nutrition in early development can affect distribution of fat in adult life-A stem cells study reveals

Findings of Professor Docherty of the University of Aberdeen suggest that Nutrition in early life affects the distribution of body fat in later life. This insight will help to understand the causes of Type II diabetes and cardiovascular diseases. Click to read more...

8. Dopamine cells from Induced Pluripotent Stem cells (iPS) to study Parkinsonism

Researchers at the Oxford Parkinson's Disease Centre have created Dopamine producing neurons from the iPS cells produced from skin cells. This new stem cell technology will help find better treatments for the Parkinson’s disease by studying the development and progression of the disease. Click to read more...

9. Live Imaging approach reveals new insights into reprogramming of adult cells

Scientists from Tel Aviv University and Harvard University have invented a technology using live imaging to track adult cells to see how they are reprogrammed and to determine why some cells successfully reprogram while most others fail. Click to read more...

10. Way discovered to identify pure heart stem cells for transplant

 Professor Schneider at the at Imperial College London has developed an improved method for the clinical use of stem cells for heart stem cell transplant by identifying the pure heart stem cells which have the ability to become heart muscle or blood vessel cells. Click to read more...

10. Checkpoint identified for T cell commitment

 According to a paper published by Rothenberg in Journal Science ,zinc finger transcription factor Bcl11b is the is the only regulatory gene in the whole genome to be turned on during the stage of early T Cell Lineage commitment though several other genes were responsible for creation and maintenance of T-cells. Click to read more..

 

 
 

Events

 

1. . 5th Annual Meeting of the German Society for Stem Cell Research (GSZ)
September 30 - October 2, 2010
University of Lübeck
Campus Lübeck
Germany
For details click here

3. International Conference on Frontiers in Biological Sciences
Oct 01 - 03, 2010
NIT, Rourkela
India
For details click here

4. World Stem Cell Summit
Oct 04 - 06, 2010
Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center,
Detroit Michigan
USA
For details click here

5. NCRM N I C H E 2010
Fifth Anniversary of Nichi-In Centre for Regenerative Medicine
Fujio Cup Quiz 2010, Plenary Session and Symposium on "Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine",
9th October 2010, Chennai,
India
For details contact: info@ncrm.org

6. World Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicines Congress Asia
Oct 26 - 29, 2010
Singapore
For details click here

7. International Forum on Stem Cells
Nov 12 - 13, 2010
Tianjin, Peoples Republic of China
For details click here

 
   
 

Quote Corner

“A man should look for what is, and not for what he thinks should be”

- Albert Einstein

   
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Really???

1. Physicist Lise Meitner, whose work on radioactivity and nuclear physics helped in the discovery of nuclear fission was reportedly nominated for the Nobel Prize 13 times without ever winning one but since the nominations are kept a secret we might never know for sure

2. It is impossible to commit suicide by holding one's breath. The person who tries this will eventually lose consciousness after which the lungs will start to breathe again automatically.

 

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