September 27, 2020

The Niche

Knoepfler lab stem cell blog

Month: June 2018

5 min read

Every year in December I go out onto a limb and make stem cell predictions for the coming year as I did in late 2017 for this year. Then usually around the 1/2-way point through the year I check in on how the predictions are faring so far at that point. In this post I give my 2018 predictions (pasted below) the 1/2-way point checkup. Things are off to a reasonably strong start for the old stem cell crystal ball.  For the grading, green is …Read More

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I didn’t know until recently that the FDA has a blacklist, which is called the “FDA Debarment List”. You can check it out here. Should one or more particularly egregious unproven stem cell clinic operators should be on the list given their risk-taking with patients in the name of profit? There aren’t any on there now that I could see. It’s a fairly short list. Why would FDA have such a thing more broadly? The blacklist is for those who have seriously broken regulations …Read More

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I have a new Cell Stem Cell piece out today that aims to take stock of today’s stem cell regulatory oversight in the U.S., Japan, and elsewhere including Australia, Canada and India. I use a carrot and stick metaphor for encouraging legit research and taking regulatory action on serious non-compliant activities, respectively. Where is stem cell oversight today? Too much stem cell carrot and not enough stick? Some would probably say too little carrot and too much stick? Given how the stem cell arena can …Read More

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One of the highlights of Day 1 of #ISSCR2018 for me so far was the talk by Lorenz Studer (Co-Founder of BlueRock) on the use of human embryonic stem cell (HESC)-derived dopamine neurons for Parkinson’s Disease. Note that for this post and if I have time any others on this meeting, they are probably going to be somewhat stream of consciousness notes from the talks and may have some outlined points rather than sentences. I have some questions or notes for myself that I …Read More