Two USC stem cell researchers have received a combined $4 million from the National Institute of Health (NIH). Dr. Qi-Long Ying will oversee a $1.32 million grant focusing on how two specific proteins influence whether stem cells self-renew to produce additional stem cells or become more specialized cell types. A $2.82 million grant awarded to Dr. Neil Segil will explore why humans are unable to recover from hearing loss, while birds and reptiles can.Read More
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Researchers at Harvard University have recently published the results of a human clinical trial of a therapeutic that could increase the chances of success for blood stem cell transplantation. This will be the first time that the Harvard Stem Cell Institute has brought a discovery from the lab through clinical trials, marking the success of Harvard’s nine year-old goal of conducting groundbreaking research through the institute.
Researchers at Emory University have discovered a way of packaging stem cells that make them much more effective in heart therapies. Using a capsule made of alginate, a gel-like substance, the researchers package the stem cells and attach them to the heart within a patch. According to Emory University, this capsule cause the stem cells’ healing to take place over time, rather than dying soon after they are introduced to the body, as they do without the capsule.