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360 Stem Cell & Regenerative Medicine Newsletter - Dec 02, 2014

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Texas Public Radio: World Stem Cell Summit Comes to San Antonio
“The future of medicine will be in San Antonio this week. It's a future where spinal cord injuries are healed and the paralyzed can walk again - a future where body parts and organs are regrown for transplant - a future where diabetes and Parkinson's is a thing of the past and a future where people can live with extended youth. The World Stem Cell Summit comes to the city with a who's who of the world of breakthrough medicine.”
Rainbow Scientific
Texas Public Radio: World Stem Cell Summit begins with public education effort
The event begins with an education event at the UT Health Science Center that is open to the public. Research is well on its way to discovering important advances to solve complicated medical problems, but many are still hesitant and critical of regenerative medicine. Tory Williams, co-founder of the Alabama Institute of Medicine, authored a book documenting the story of a young person’s paralyzing injury and a clinical trial to regenerate his spinal cord tissue using stem cells.
Speaking on TPR’s The Source Monday, Williams said embryonic stem cell research remains the most misunderstood.”
San Antonio Business Journal: San Antonio is a sleeping giant for innovative research, Stem Cell Summit organizers say
“San Antonio may not be top of mind when world leaders think of the major centers for stem cell research and regenerative medicine, but that's about to change as the Alamo City hosts its first World Stem Cell Summit this week.”
Leonhardt Ventures: World Stem Cell Summit 2014 December 5th Keynote Speaker Howard Leonhardt
“Howard Leonhardt of Leonhardt Ventures and the Cal-X Stars Business Accelerator, Inc. team will present a keynote address at the 2014 World Stem Cell Summit on Friday, December 5th, 2014 9am to 10am “The Future of Regenerative Medicine and How to Finance It”. A special emphasis will be placed on the new technologies of directing stem cell regeneration via non-invasive microcurrent signaling and implantable, programmable, refillable stem cell micro infusion pumps and electrical stimulators. Information on the new crowdfunding platforms for biotech related financings such a Poliwogg, Healthiosxchange, Medstartr and Healthfunder all supported by Cal-X Crowdfund Connect - will be presented as well. “
The Harvard Crimson: Blood mutations may indicate higher cancer likelihood, researchers find

“Two independent teams of researchers spanning the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, the Medical School, and the Harvard Stem Cell Institute have identified a precancerous state in blood that indicates a higher likelihood that an individual will develop blood cancers, according to their findings published in the New England Journal of Medicine.”
Irvine Scientific
Memorial Sloan Kettering: Investigators use stem cells to study rare pediatric brain tumors
“In a paper published recently in Science, a team from Memorial Sloan Kettering and elsewhere has reported the first-ever genetically engineered model of cancer created from human ES cells. Research enabled by the advance has given hope of a treatment for a rare pediatric brain tumor called diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma (DIPG).”
The Japan Times: Fear of unknown barrier to iPS cures, expert says
“Masayo Takahashi, who led the world’s first operation to implant induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells into a human body, says greater Japanese understanding of the risks and benefits of new medical procedures is key to achieving her goal of standardizing the procedure one day.”
Frost & Sullivan Pulse on Health: Regenerative medicine guru, Dr. Andre Terzic, shines light on cardiology
“The director of the Mayo Clinic Center for Regenerative Medicine has received the American Heart Association's 2014 Basic Research Prize. An auditorium filed with thousands of researchers honored Dr. Andre Terzic at the 2014 American Heart Association Scientific Sessions in Chicago as the group's sole annual recipient. ‘In more than 500 publications, Dr. Terzic and his team have advanced pioneering uses of multiple cardio-protective and cardio-regenerative techniques,’ says the award presentation.”

Editor’s note: Dr. Terzic is co-chair of the World Stem cell Summit and will present in San Antonio this week.

360 Newsletter Editor

Bernard Siegel
Executive Director 
Genetics Policy Institute


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