Stem Cells in Focus Webcast
The ISSCR is pleased to announce original programming on the ISSCR Connect Public Channel. Each month, we will explore a new topic of interest to patients and their loved ones with the help of leading stem cell scientists and clinicians. Upcoming topics include endogenous heart repair, disease modeling and drug discovery and personalized stem cell medicine.
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Connecting Genetics and Heart Disease
Chad Cowan, Ph.D., Harvard University, Massachusetts General Hospital
Scientists know that a person’s genetic makeup contributes to the likelihood of their having a heart attack, but there has remained a gap between their knowledge of genetic indicators and medicine. Harvard scientist Chad Cowan is trying to bridge that gap using stem cell research to learn how genetic factors influence cholesterol levels in the blood.
Learn more about Dr. Cowan's research on August 7 at 1:30 p.m. EDT. The webinar is free and open to the public. If you don't already have an account, please register by clicking the link to the left.
Previous webcasts available on demand
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Treating Vision Loss With Stem Cells
Robin Ali, Ph.D., University College London, United Kingdom
There is a good precedent for using stem cell therapy to repair eye damage. Transplanting corneal stem cells to repair chemical burns of the cornea has been very successful in restoring vision. But the retina – a multi-layered neural network – is a much more complicated structure, so repairing it poses greater challenges. Hear from Prof. Ali about the latest advances his lab is making to treat disease of the retina using stem cells.
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Disease Modeling with iPS Cells: Diseases in a Dish Explained
Kevin Eggan, PhD, Harvard Stem Cell Institute, USA
Stem cell research is revolutionizing the way we can study human diseases. Using a technology called "induced pluripotent stem cells" (or iPS cells), scientists can turn a patent's own cells into embryonic-like stem cells and then use those cells to model diseases outside of the body. During this live public webcast, Dr. Kevin Eggan from the Harvard Stem Cell Institute will describe how he is using this method to study neurological and psychiatric conditions such as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and schizophrenia.
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An Introduction to Endogenous Heart Repair
Deepak Srivastava, MD, Gladstone Institutes, USA
Millions of people suffer from heart attacks each year, and survivors face an increased risk of chronic heart failure due to scarring. Stem cell scientists like Dr. Deepak Srivastava are researching ways to regenerate heart tissue and restore function – a process called endogenous (or “self”) repair. Learn more about the research and its potential in this webcast.