January 18, 2021

The Niche

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Meet The Screamers. After being a scientist in one form or another for 30 years and blogging about stem cells and other science for more than 10 years, I’ve seen a lot of science hype. However, some science hype goes above and beyond the usual level to outright smack readers in the face. It almost hurts your brain or makes you want to scream “No!” We definitely see this kind of uber-hype in the stem cell field at times, but also in many other …Read More

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Congratulations to Lorenz Studer as a MacArthur Fellow. The annual selection of MacArthur Fellows highlights creative leaders in a variety of fields. The fellows receive $625,000 with no strings attached. Stem cell biologists have been selected on a regular basis over the years as MacArthur Fellows including Kevin Eggan (2006), Sally Temple (2008), and Yukiko Yamashita (2011). This year’s group of two-dozen 2015 MacArthur Fellows includes stem cell biologist Lorenz Studer (see video above). You can learn much more about Dr. Studer’s work on his …Read More

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The winner of the inaugural Ogawa-Yamanaka Prize is Masayo Takahashi, MD, PhD. According to the Gladstone Institute press release, “Dr. Takahashi was awarded the prize for her trailblazing work leading the first clinical trial to use induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells in humans.” The prize, including a $150,000 cash award, will be given at a ceremony next week at the Gladstone on September 16. If you are interested in listening in, you can register for the webcast here. Dr. Takahashi started the first ever human …Read More

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Congratulations to my new friends Paolo Bianco, M.D., of Sapienza University of Rome (pictured at left), Elena Cattaneo, Ph.D., of University of Milan and Michele De Luca, M.D. of University of Modena and Reggio Emilia (photo in the middle of the post), for receiving the 2014 ISSCR Public Service Award. Drs. Bianco, Cattaneo, and De Luca are all great members of the stem cell community who have worked very hard for evidence-based medicine in Italy. Their efforts particularly resonate to the crisis surrounding the Stamina Foundation, …Read More

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Congratulations to Dr. Elena Cattaneo, the winner of the 2013 Stem Cell Person of the Year Award. Her lab studies neural stem cells, particularly as they relate to developing new therapies for Huntington’s Disease. Cattaneo is Director and Co-Founder of the Unistem, the Centre for Stem Cell Research at the University of Milano, Italy. She is also the Director of the Laboratory of Stem Cell Biology and Pharmacology of Neurodegenerative Diseases in the Department of Pharmacological Sciences. Beyond her great achievements in stem cell science, …Read More

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The voting is over and we have our top 12 finalists for the 2013 Stem Cell Person of the Year Award. You can see the final votes results below. It’s definitely an intriguing list that reflects the range of important areas in the field today. I can say without any hesitation that all 12 of them have had major impacts on the stem cell field and I believe are likely to continue doing so. Keep in mind that the voting up until now was …Read More

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We have just about one day left in the preliminary voting for the top 12 finalists in the Stem Cell Person of the Year Award process. I’m happy to report that we are approaching 4,000 votes total and today at least I see no evidence of cheating on the poll. What a refreshing change from yesterday, which was a nightmare of cheating by supporters of one candidate. In days before that there were other shenanigans as well by voters of certain candidates. I’ve upped …Read More

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Nominations are now open for the 2013 Stem Cell Person of the Year Award. The winner receives $1,000 as well as recognition as a true difference maker and leader in the stem cell field. I found last year that all the finalists received a great deal of positive attention even if they didn’t win and I expect the same will be true this year. Please nominate your pick for the most influential person of the year of 2013 in the stem cell field.  Some …Read More

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I have a poll running regarding who would have been the best choice to share the Nobel Prize with Shinya Yamanaka and John Gurdon, and so far the winner is Ian Wilmut, who cloned the first mammal, Dolly the sheep. I should have included another option to indicate the possible preference that NO ONE should have been given the honor along with Yamanaka and Gurdon. In other words, the option that the Nobel committee got it right by only giving it to two people …Read More

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The stem cell community is buzzing today with excitement about the Nobel Prizes deservedly awarded to Shinya Yamanaka and John Gurdon for their pioneering work on cellular reprogramming. However, it is also just as worked up about the strange omission in this award of what could have been a third scientist awarded the prize for the same kind of work. Why did the Nobel Committee only give 2 scientists this award when it could have been given to three scientists? Are there really no …Read More