Remembering Dr. Paolo Bianco

  • 9 November, 2015

The ISSCR, together with the stem cell research community, recognizes with sadness the death of colleague, Dr. Paolo Bianco.

Dr. Paolo Bianco was a Pathologist and Professor of Pathology at the Sapienza University of Roma, Rome, Italy. His work focused on stem cells for skeletal tissues found in the bone marrow, their biology, role in disease and significance in therapies and medicine. His contributions include the direct identification of non-hematopoietic stem cells from the bone marrow stroma — skeletal stem cells, also referred to as mesenchymal stem cells — their prospective isolation, location, role in the hematopoietic niche and proof of their self-renewal in vivo. His research efforts included exploring the pathogenesis of fibrous dysplasia of bone and related disorders towards the development of science-based, rational treatment modalities for skeletal disorders.

ISSCR President Sean Morrison noted, "Paolo was a long-time leader in the field of skeletal stem cell biology who tirelessly spoke out in support of good science and appropriate clinical translation. The international stem cell community is lessened in his absence."

Dr. Bianco, with colleagues Drs. Elena Cattaneo and Michele De Luca, were awarded the ISSCR’s 2014 Public Service Award in recognition of their involvement in public debate and policy-making in Italy and their championing of rigorous scientific and medical standards and stringent regulatory oversight in the introduction of new stem cell treatments into the clinic.

Our thoughts are with his family, friends and colleagues at this time.