May 31, 2020

The Niche

Knoepfler lab stem cell blog

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By Heather Main (from Stem Cell Meeting on the Mesa) Mesa, one of my first Spanish words since moving to California. The isolated flat-topped hill with steep sides where I have just had the pleasure of listening to some of the best basic and applied science. Mountains of various sorts formed the metaphor of CIRM 2.0 with Randy Mills (President/CEO of CIRM) describing the ‘giant boulder of love and happiness’ that academia pushes and industry pulls over the mountain of regulation, safety and efficacy bringing cures to …Read More

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By Heather Main Organoids are pretty big in stem cells right now. The last couple of years have attracted a lot of media attention on mini lungs, mini brains, mini kidneys, mini guts and more, giving the impression that scientists know how to specify and organise cells into mini functional organs in the lab. Organoids have become a hot topic in a stem cell environment where our understanding of disease is limited by studying only cell autonomous effects in single cells. If Thursdays ISSCR …Read More

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ISSCR day one By Heather Main The day of plenary is the most enjoyable in my view. You don’t need to make the choice between sessions and the judgement on the viability of shifting sessions versus staying put and listening to the slightly less relevant. ISSCR 2015 plenary was, as to be expected, full of the big names, the affectionately known Rusty (Fred Gage), Jonas Frisen (one of the smartest MD PhDs I have ever met) and of course Shinya Yamanaka. In deciding which …Read More

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By Heather Main Note that you can register for ISSCR Stockholm here and the early registration deadline is today, March 11. Even without ISSCR Stockholm is a city worth visiting! There is no Eiffel Tower, Colosseum or Big Ben but Stockholm is one of Europe’s best kept secrets and the most beautiful European city I have visited. This ‘Venice of the North’ has been selected for the 2015 ISSCR conference and after over 5 years of living in Stockholm to do my PhD I …Read More

Over the years I’ve written probably 99+% of the posts here on The Niche, but we’ve also had some great guest authors of important pieces. You guys probably get tired of Paul Knoepfler (me) writing most of the pieces. This page lists our guest posters with a little information about each one. I’ve also included links to some of their guest posts. The authors are listed in alphabetical order by first name. Aaron Goldman Dr. Goldman is the DIRECTOR OF THE DRUG RESISTANCE GROUP …Read More

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By Heather Main I recently attended the UCSD Health CIRM Alpha Stem Cell Clinics Network Symposium at the Sanford Consortium, San Diego. There was of course some great academic research presented, including conflicting views on liver stem cell compartments from Roel Nusse and David Brenner, and advances in CRISPR technologies from Matthew Porteus. However, what struck me about this meeting was how well it presented patient need and churned emotions outside the normal excitement or skepticism of an academic/basic science conference. Shirley Johnson is …Read More