October 23, 2020

The Niche

Knoepfler lab stem cell blog

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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Some scientists, even on Halloween, might be relatively immune to the fear of things that nonetheless freak out many everyday normal people: brains, lasers, genetically modified bacteria or viruses, radioactivity. The list goes on and on. So as Halloween approaches, what does scare the heck out of scientists? Here is my list of the top scariest Halloween costumes to freak the lab coats off of scientists. The Ghost of grants “not discussed” (it was a good grant, really!) The Outlier (that data point that ruins everything) …Read More