January 22, 2021

The Niche

Trusted stem cell blog & resources

Hans Keirstead

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How does one keep up with all the regenerative medicine and stem cell happenings? There is always something happening in the stem cell and regenerative medicine field ranging from science to policy matters. This post is an update on some recent stem cell happenings that I see as notable or interesting. New Pubs Direct reprogramming pub. One of the more interesting recent papers was from direct reprogramming guru Marius Wernig as his team came out with a new transdifferentiation paper that strikingly reports conversion …Read More

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Stem Cell & Regenerative Medicine field researchers move around to different places fairly often. It is interesting to note trends and also see who received what kinds of awards and such. Below is a list of some recent movers and shakers. George Daley got the ISSCR Public Service Award (you can see other ISSCR Awards here). The new ISSCR President is Hans Clevers. The new and first CEO of ARM is Janet Lambert. Former CIRM President Randy Mills is now leading the National Marrow Donor …Read More

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Hans Keirstead is one of the top stem cell scientists in the world who has been doing cutting edge research including on using stem cells to reverse paralysis where he teamed up with super patient advocate Roman Reed (see the two pictured at right), but now he is also running for Congress. How cool is that? Here is a quick Q&A interview with Hans today (see below). Please consider making a campaign contribution to support his candidacy. He would be amazing as a Congressman! When did …Read More

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Late last year I was hearing some exciting things about California Stem Cell, Inc. under the leadership of Hans Keirstead. (2020 update: interestingly 3 years ago Keirstead ran for congress, but the campaign didn’t quite make it.) In fact, I thought a big move for California Stem was in the cards for 2014 and looking into my stem cell crystal ball, I went so far as to make that one of my top 10 stem cell predictions for 2014. Today, that prediction came true with …Read More

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What really happens to cells after they a stem cell transplant into a patient? Once these cells, which have spent weeks in a lab environment, are injected into a person, what happens next? This is arguably the most important question in the regenerative medicine field, but there are few answers. We are literally mostly in the dark about what cells do after transplant, but there are some things that can be predicted pretty confidently. Barring the introduction of some kind of suicide gene, once …Read More

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The severe spinal cord injury sustained by Jockey Michael Martinez and the possibility (not realized) that he might be enrolled in Geron’s hESC-based spinal cord regenerative medicine trial, have drawn recent attention to spinal cord injury. Christopher and Dana Reeve (see foundation here) as well as Don C. Reed (see site here) were instrumental in bringing attention to the significance of this injury and the importance of research to help patients with spinal cord injuries. More than 1 million Americans are living with spinal cord …Read More