Search Results for: cancer stem cell

Weekly reads: cats, COVID, CIRM, cancer stem cells, MS

diana farmer and aijun wang uc davis 1

There have been many other interesting scientific and specifically regenerative medicine developments and papers this past week including with CIRM and exciting CIRM funding to UC Davis so read on, but first a somewhat random question: are you more of a cat person or dog person? I’d say I’m both. But our big dog is …

Weekly reads: cats, COVID, CIRM, cancer stem cells, MS Read More »

Thought provoking talk from John Dick at #ISSCR2016 on cancer stem cells

Professor_John_Dick_FRS

Dr. John Dick gave a great talk yesterday on cancer stem cells here at ISSCR 2016. Below I summarize his talk and as always with these meeting blogs, the post is not polished and is more of a stream of the speaker’s main points. He started out broadly with a nice introduction to this area of …

Thought provoking talk from John Dick at #ISSCR2016 on cancer stem cells Read More »

Can Stemcentrx thrive as a biotech killing cancer stem cells?

stemcentrx.2x519

A stem cell biotech in the news this week was one that had mostly flown under the radar previously with aim to zap cancer stem cells. Stemcentrx has a focus on killing cancer stem cells as a novel approach to treating cancer. Antonio Regalado had a nice article yesterday on the company. He reports that Stemcentrx has …

Can Stemcentrx thrive as a biotech killing cancer stem cells? Read More »

Cancer stem cells, shifting tides and an expanding understanding: guest post by Aaron Goldman

AaronGoldman

By Aaron Goldman Much like the winter weather we’ve been enduring on the east coast, cancer research is advancing at a rapid clip! For decades, researchers have considered pools of “cancer stem cells” (CSC) as the subsets within a tumor which both initiate progression and underpin the failure of therapy. Over the past 5 years, …

Cancer stem cells, shifting tides and an expanding understanding: guest post by Aaron Goldman Read More »

My ‘back of napkin” list of top action items for cancer stem cell field

Recently I spoke about cancer stem cells at a retreat. The presentation style was informal and enjoyable as it allowed for people to talk frankly about topics. It encouraged questions and outside-the-box thinking. As I was eating some yogurt at breakfast at the meeting awaiting my turn to speak, I decided I would scrawl my …

My ‘back of napkin” list of top action items for cancer stem cell field Read More »

Psyching out cancer stem cells: using old antipsychotic drug as a new weapon against cancer

Many folks believe that if you can kill or otherwise inactivate cancer stem cells, you’ve gone a long way to curing many types of cancer. However the cells have remained elusive. Now, Mick Bhatia’s lab has found that the antipsychotic drug, Thioridazine, has activity against cancer stem cells. The work, published in Cell (read paper …

Psyching out cancer stem cells: using old antipsychotic drug as a new weapon against cancer Read More »

Cancer stem cells and iPS cells

cancer-zodiac

Yesterday I ran a cancer stem cells meeting here at UC Davis School of Medicine. We had some great speakers and over 150 participants including our outstanding keynote speaker, Dr. Jeremy Rich, Director of Stem Cell Research at the Cleveland Clinic. One of the ideas percolating through the meeting was that during cancer development, there …

Cancer stem cells and iPS cells Read More »

One in a billion: finding stray cancer stem cells

Cancer patients and their doctors face daunting challenges at the time of diagnosis. Many crucial questions either cannot be answered or rely upon relatively low-tech methods whose accuracy is far from ideal. For example, how aggressive is this tumor? Has it already spread? After diagnosis and initial treatment, it is critical to monitor patients for …

One in a billion: finding stray cancer stem cells Read More »

Recommended reads: pluripotent stem cells, neural crest, cancer, more

pluripotent stem cell, neural crest cells

There has been quite a lot of pubs on research on pluripotent stem cells published lately. These include some more surprising findings such as a potential role for pluripotency-related programming in neural crest development. Here the week’s recommended reads. Neural Crest research: ties to factors involved in pluripotent stem cells Science, Reactivation of the pluripotency …

Recommended reads: pluripotent stem cells, neural crest, cancer, more Read More »