January 18, 2021

The Niche

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Stem Cell Prize

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Today’s piece is a stem cell movers and shakers post about individuals who have gotten awards, made moves, or otherwise made news recently. In some cases I’ve included relevant embedded tweets announcing the news. In case you’re wondering, the image at right is my attempt last year to make a graphic design that reflect both movers and shakers (the salt shaker). You can see my movers and shakers piece from mid-2017 here. I once met a scientist much earlier in my career who when …Read More

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We have our 20 nominees for Stem Cell Person of the Year for 2017. Who will get the Award? You have a big role to play in this process. In addition to having had the chance to nominate people, now you as The Niche community get to vote to pick the top 10 finalists. In the poll below you can vote for your favorite nominees up to once a day. Note that if you try to vote a lot more than once per day, all your …Read More

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Nominations are open starting today for the Stem Cell Person of the Year Award for 2016. Please email me your nominations: knoepflerATucdavisDOTedu. This is a unique award as it is given to an individual who has taken risks to help others within the stem cell field and they based their actions on outside-the-box thinking. Another unusual aspect is that anyone is eligible for the prize whether you are a scientist, physician, patient, writer, student, etc. There are also no geographic restrictions. The winner receives …Read More

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The voters have “spoken” and below is the list of the top 12 vote getters from the larger pool of nominees for Stem Cell Person of the Year in 2015. These are some amazing people. Look for more information, such as mini-bios, soon on some of the top finalists. There were nearly 4,700 votes in total. Now I have the tough task of picking from this dozen just one winner, who will receive the recognition as the top stem cell outside the box innovator of …Read More

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It’s time for The Niche 4th annual Stem Cell Person of the Year Award process to start. Please send me your nominations for the person you think had the biggest positive impact in the stem cell and regenerative medicine world in 2015. This award is unique in a number of ways. For example, anyone in the world is eligible to be nominated: both scientists and non-scientists alike. The nominee should also be someone who thought outside the box and took risks, which are novel areas of …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 Masayo Takahashi (高橋 政代), MD, PhD, the winner of the 2014 Stem Cell Person of the Year Award. Dr. Takahashi received this award including the $2,000 prize for her exceptional achievements in stem cell research in 2014. She was selected as the winner from a stellar group of top 12 finalists this year. Takahashi leads a team doing high-risk, high reward research that is conducting the first induced pluripotent stem cell (IPSC) clinical study in humans ever. I interviewed Takahashi at the beginning of this …Read More

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This year is my third year handing out a Stem Cell Person of the Year Award. The winner each year should be the top, most positive, outside-the-box influencer in the stem cell. Each year it doesn’t get any easier picking just one winner from the groups of amazing finalists chosen by the readers of this blog. It’s like being a kid in a candy store as the finalists are so incredible. I’m close to picking the winner and will announce the Stem Cell Person of …Read More

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With over 4,000 votes cast to select our top 12 finalists for the 2014 Stem Cell Person of the Year Award from more than 50 different countries, how did the votes from various countries play out? You can see on the map above the top vote getter(s) from the countries that cast the most votes. The more votes overall that a country cast, the dark green it is shown. In cases where voting was similar amongst several candidates I listed more than one candidate. For …Read More