August 14, 2020

The Niche

Knoepfler lab stem cell blog

stem cell regulations

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It’s been a big 2 weeks in terms of media interest in talking about the upcoming FDA meeting on stem cell oversight taking place in just a few weeks. There are many questions about this meeting and I’m planning to tackle some of the questions in upcoming posts including next week. These questions include, “who are the specific individuals attending and what are their perspectives?” What exactly are all the organizations that are on the agenda and what are they going to say? Another …Read More

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It’s an exciting time to be a stem cell scientist and I feel fortunate to be doing research on stem cells today what with all the developments recently and real promise for clinical impact in coming decades. There’s also unfortunately a ton of hype out there including in academia, biotech, and the stem cell clinic arena. That’s something we all need to be aware of and avoid as much as possible. Hype and hope are only different by one letter (y versus o), but …Read More

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On November 18 in Washington, D.C. the Institute of Medicine (IOM) of the National Academy of Sciences will hold a workshop on stem cell therapies. The meeting  (agenda here) is also co-sponsored by ISSCR. I have some major concerns about this meeting. In principle and in a general sense, I believe this is the kind of meeting and discussion that we need to have in the stem cell field, but unfortunately the way this meeting has been organized is very problematic. The meeting gets into potential quicksand …Read More

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By Christopher J. Centeno, M.D. We have noted an explosion in the number of stem cell clinics over the past several years. There’s not a day that goes by that I don’t see several new ones pop up on the radar. On the one hand, as somebody who has been treating orthopedic patients with stem cells since 2005, it’s good to see more physicians jumping on board. In addition, as an advocate for the use of autologous stem cells as the practice of medicine, I’m …Read More