January 26, 2021

The Niche

Trusted stem cell blog & resources

Month: October 2014

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One of the best stem cell meetings each year is the World Alliance Form San Francisco (WAFSF) stem cell conference. It brings together in San Francisco many of the very best stem cell researchers from around the world doing the most cutting edge translational research. You should go! The speakers include Shinya Yamanaka, Masayo Takahashi, Michael Werner, Roman Reed, Susan Solomon, Jonathan Thomas, Edward Lanphier, Emile Nuwaysir, Hiromitsu Nakauchi, and many more top scientists. You can see the amazing program here and register here. …Read More

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Chalk up another exciting development for the stem cell and regenerative medicine field in 2014 related to diabetes. It’s been a huge year. (Update: read my Fall 2019 interview with ViaCyte here.) For the first time ever, an ES cell-based device has been transplanted into a diabetic patient. ViaCyte working together with Dr. Robert Henry at UCSD did the pioneering transplant, the first in a series as part of an FDA-approved clinical trial being conducted as UCSD Health System. The trial is a combined …Read More

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This year is my third year handing out a Stem Cell Person of the Year Award. The winner each year should be the top, most positive, outside-the-box influencer in the stem cell. Each year it doesn’t get any easier picking just one winner from the groups of amazing finalists chosen by the readers of this blog. It’s like being a kid in a candy store as the finalists are so incredible. I’m close to picking the winner and will announce the Stem Cell Person of …Read More

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With over 4,000 votes cast to select our top 12 finalists for the 2014 Stem Cell Person of the Year Award from more than 50 different countries, how did the votes from various countries play out? You can see on the map above the top vote getter(s) from the countries that cast the most votes. The more votes overall that a country cast, the dark green it is shown. In cases where voting was similar amongst several candidates I listed more than one candidate. For …Read More

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CIRM issued a press release (PR) a few days ago unveiling CIRM 2.0, a new form of the agency and funding of novel efforts. The PR focused on action by its Governing Board to fund three Alpha Clinic programs for $8 million each at City of Hope (LA), UCLA, and UCSD. The Alpha Clinics will make a huge difference in moving clinical stem cell research forward. The only potential hiccup in this exciting development is that the three Alpha Clinics are all within a very …Read More

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How are all the thousands of hospitals around the world and here in the US gearing up to deal with the potential arrival of a patient with Ebola? The importance of this issue and how it is resonating so strongly in the medical field hit home for me a bit more a few days ago as I was walking in front of a local medical clinic and saw the sign at left. In a way it is an unsettling sign because it illustrates the …Read More

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All the recent high-profile papers that are having troubles are bumming me out, with the latest example being the “Betatrophin” Diabetes paper from Harvard last year. Yesterday it was called into major doubt by a new Cell paper from a group led by Jesper Gromada at Regeneron. The authors of the original 2013 Betatrophin paper–Doug Melton’s team at Harvard– indicated in their own accompanying, somber perspectives piece also in yesterday’s issue of Cell that they agree that their 2013 report was largely incorrect. This unfortunate turn of events is based on both …Read More

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With more than 4,142 votes cast, the readers of this blog have chosen the top 12 finalists for the Stem Cell Person of the Year Award for 2014 from the 27 nominees. You can see the final vote tallies at left. The votes came from more than 50 countries with some interesting geographic patterns (I may do a post on that as a follow up). I’ve pasted the brief bios of the twelve finalists below at the end of this post. Now comes the …Read More

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I invited Nobel Laureate Shinya Yamanaka to do an interview on the future of clinical translation of induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSC). He provides some intriguing new insights into the iPSC field and the broader stem cell arena. PK: The Takahashi Team’s active Clinical Study using iPSCs to make RPEs to treat Macular Degeneration has generated a great deal of excitement. Can you please share your perspectives on the importance of this work and the team involved?  SY: This is the first study to apply …Read More