January 23, 2021

The Niche

Trusted stem cell blog & resources

Jeff Sheehy

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The current President of the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM), Dr. Alan Trounson, will be leaving the agency in the near future to have more time with his family back in Australia. As a result, CIRM will need a new President at a critical juncture in its history with only about 4 years of funding left. This new leader ideally will guide CIRM not only in the present but also during its transition to become whatever its identity will be in 2017 and …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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Vote For your favorite candidates for Stem Cell Person of the Year 2013 to Determine Finalists! And Happy Stem Cell Day! I’m using this occasion to introduce today an important element of my new book, Stem Cells: An Insider’s Guide, and that is a new international stem cell symbol and logo (see at right). More on that later this week. In the mean time what do you think of the symbol? Also on this day, online voting begins on a great group of nominees …Read More

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Nominations for Stem Cell Person of the Year 2013 closed last night and I ended up with a remarkable list of 30 nominees. I have included a few sentences about each one below, often taking verbiage directly from the nominator. The online voting on these nominees will start soon. The top vote getters will move on as finalists. Stay tuned! Stem Cell Person of the Year nominees in alphabetical order by first name. Alexey Bersenev. Leading blogger, expert, and global educator about clinical applications …Read More

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CIRM Board Member, Jeff Sheehy, has a wonderful piece in Nature Medicine on why patient advocates play a critical role in decision making on research priorities (hat tip to Amy Adams who first blogged on Sheehy’s piece). Patient advocates bring a unique and valuable perspective to the table. Their role in guiding CIRM research funding decisions has had a clear impact. Scientists must be advocates too. Traditionally, scientists have not been comfortable acting as advocates, but in the current environment scientists must take action …Read More

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2020 update: This post from almost 10 years ago on the HIV pandemic and particularly the first paragraph ring differently in the context of the COVID-19 novel coronavirus pandemic. Over the last several years, there has been great concern about a possible flu pandemic around the world, but meanwhile the great pandemic of modern history, HIV/AIDS, continues. There are now more than 33 million HIV infected individuals. More than 2 million people have died from HIV infection in 2008 alone, approximately 1 out of …Read More