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CIRM 2.0 Should Include Bridges Training Program

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The California Stem Cell Agency CIRM seems to be in budget cutting mode these days, which from a general perspective makes sense as CIRM seeks to continue operating on its remaining funding through a longer period of time as far out as to 2020. However, not all cuts are necessarily positive. For example, CIRM reportedly (note: many …

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American Lab Safety Training Now Includes Active Shooter Prep

Last week I went to the lab safety training that is required on an annual basis. I believe I’ve gone to it about a half-dozen times now and I know certain parts by heart. However this time there was something brand new. Active shooter training. I have to admit that caught my attention. What is …

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Crash course stem cell training for docs puts patients at risk

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With all the excitement over the potential of stem cells to transform medicine, a key bottleneck is physician training. Just how many doctors in the entire US have years of real experience and training in clinical use of stem cells….hmmm, let’s see….I can only think of a few in the whole country. Yes, it’s really …

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Proposal for Academic Physician Fellowship Training Program in Stem Cell-based Cellular and Regenerative Medicine

One of the problems in the stem cell field is that so few doctors have adequate training in stem cells (biology, transplantation, regulatory issues, GMP, ethics, patient rights, etc) and yet they are treating loads of patients in a for-profit setting. This not puts patients at great risk, but also the physicians themselves are putting …

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Eight simple reasons not to get an unlicensed stem cell treatment: #5, lack of physician training

Would you want a GI specialist doing your heart surgery? How about a radiologist doing your brain surgery? I wouldn’t. So why then do so many patients accept that the doctor doing their stem cell transplant has no training in that area? I’m doing a series on eight simple reasons not to get an unlicensed …

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Texas Judge Issues Complicated Restraining Order in Celltex v. RNL Bio/Human Biostar tussle

Today, a judge issued a complex, temporary restraining order (PDF here, provided by Celltex) regarding Texas stem cell company Celltex and Human Biostar Inc (HBI)/Biostar, former partners who are now in conflict and have sued each other. For more background see here, here, and here. Note that while both parties have sued each other, the judge’s ruling …

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Stem cell sports medicine: trying to win the World Series during Spring training

There has been a lot of publicity about the reported stem cell treatment of NY Yankees pitcher Bartolo Colon.  According to several sources, Colon received his treatment in his native Dominican Republic. Major League Baseball reportedly seems most concerned about this case, at least publicly, because human growth hormone (hGH) might have been used in …

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New suit for vision loss against Cell Surgical Network clinic

Dr. Alvaro Skupin listing on the Cell Surgical Network website. Screenshot.

A stem cell clinic in the Cell Surgical Network chain has just been sued allegedly for causing vision loss in a patient. By my count, across the U.S. this makes at least 5 patients who have said they were either totally blinded or had some major vision loss after getting stem cells injected into their …

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Tribute to pioneering stem cell scientist Meri Firpo

Tenneille Ludwig, Meri Firpo, and Rosario Isasi at a stem cell meeting (l-r).

Last week we lost Meri Firpo, a great scientist and dear friend in the stem cell community who touched many lives in positive ways. Today’s post is a tribute to Meri, who passed away from breast cancer. If you want to add a tribute please add a comment. Meri Firpo short bio Meri received her …

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How should we define a stem cell doctor?

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Over the past half dozen or so years I’ve seen far more physicians describing themselves as a “stem cell doctor” or a “stem cell specialist.” Is there such a thing? Are they just saying that to attract and reassure potential customers getting unproven stem cell shots? What does Google think is a stem cell doctor? …

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