Journal of Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine

News Letter - 25                       vol.2; iss.8                              28 April 2011



1. Therapeutic Antibodies against cancer antigens- A novel approach to cancer

In a comprehensive review article, Prof. Kurosawa has described his team’s work in identifying and isolating therapeutic mono-clonal antibodies (mAb) against cancer antigens. The fact that this team has one of the largest collections of such antibodies is note-worthy. Click to read more...

2. Two significant discoveries in Neural stem cell research: A major boost to the stem cell field

Two papers published in April in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences by the same author, one on transforming embryonic stem cells into large numbers of neural stem cells and the other on reprogramming skin cells into neural stem cells have created optimism. Click to read more...

3. Self renewable neural stem cells

Scientists from San Deigo have created self-renewable neural stem cells which are capable of producing large quantities of cells in less than a week and these neural stem cells have many promising clinical applications. Click to read more...

4. Stem Cell gene therapy for Tay-Sachs disease show positive results

A break-through approach in which gene therapy was coupled with stem cell therapy for Tay Sachs diseases, has shown positive results . Click to read more...

5. Bone marrow stem cells help stroke victims recover in a study by Japanese neurosurgeons

In a clinical trial involving 12 patients with stroke, Japanese doctors have administered patient’s own mesenchymal stem cells cultured using the patient’s own serum and the study has proven success. Click to read more...

6. Spontaneous dedifferentiation observed for the first time: A new implication to treat cancer

In a surprising discovery, it has been found that a differentiated cell type found in breast tissue can spontaneously convert to a stem-cell-like state and this is the first time such a phenomenon is observed in mammalian cells. Scientists say this has implications in developing cancer therapies. Click to read more...

7. Hair follicle stem cells found to form Squamous cell cancers

According to a study by researchers, Squamous cell cancers which are common type of cancers that can occur in the skin, lips, mouth, esophagus, bladder, prostate, lungs, vagina, anus etc, can originate from hair follicle stem cells . Click to read more...

8. Disease modelling using brain cells created from Skin cells of schizophrenia patients

In a step towards personalised medicine, a team of scientists at Penn State, the Salk Institute for Biological Studies, and other institutions have developed induced pluripotent stem cells from Schizophrenia patients which will lead to development of live disease models specific to each patient to screen for drugs against this disease. Click to read more...

9. Novel strategy to stimulate Supporting cells in forming blood vessels using Fibroblast growth factor 9

Using a novel strategy, scientists have been able to stimulate the formation of highly functional new blood vessels in tissues starved of oxygen. Click to read more...

10. Mechanism behind Anti- Depressants promoting brain cell formation identified

Researchers from the Institute of Psychiatry, King's College London, have identified the mechanism by which anti-depressants promote new brain cell formation and this can lead to the development of effective drugs against depression. Click to read more...


1. Human brain comprises only 2% of the human body but it necessitates 20% of Oxygen from the total body needs

  2. Though people consider Earwax as a disgusting matter it offers various defense including protection from foreign organisms such as bacteria, fungus, and insects and also from dirt




1. 2nd International Cancer Immunotherapy & Immunomonitoring Conference
May 2-5, 2011 - Budapest, Hungary. Click here

2. World Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine Congress
May 10-12,2011
London, United Kingdom. Click here

3. 17th Annual ISCT meeting ;
May 18-21 2011, Rotterdam, The Netherlands. Click here

4.2nd International Conference on Stem Cells and Cancer (ICSCC-2011)
Oct 15 -19 - Pune, India.  Click here

5. 2nd ISCT-asia Annual meeting October 17-20, Miyazaki, Japan Click here


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