Stem Cell News

Broad Innovation Award winners aim to reduce bathroom breaks with stem cells

Having a baby can change a woman’s life in one way that she is often too embarrassed to mention. Childbirth can cause urinary incontinence, which affects up to 13 million people and incurs $16.3 billion in annual treatment costs in the United States alone. To address this common problem, this year’s winners of the Eli

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stem cell scientists at USC mini-symposium

Next-generation stem cell scientists evidence strong nerves at USC mini-symposium

By Cristy Lytal Five next-generation scientists got everyone’s neurons firing at the Junior Faculty Candidate Mini-symposium, hosted by USC’s Department of Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine on March 7. Naomi Habib from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and the Broad Institute posed a question with relevance to Alzheimer’s disease and other neurodegenerative conditions:

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World Kidney Day: USC’s Andy McMahon and Ken Hallows discuss kidney health and research

One in 10 people is affected by chronic kidney disease worldwide. On March 9, 2017, World Kidney Day shines a spotlight on the importance of kidneys and ways to reduce the impact of kidney disease. USC’s Andy McMahon and Ken Hallows discuss some of the top issues in kidney health. Andy McMahon, director of the

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CIRM awards $2.29 million to support stem cell-based therapy for knee osteoarthritis

The California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM), California’s stem cell agency, has awarded the biopharmaceutical company Cellular Biomedicine Group Inc. (Nasdaq: CBMG) $2.29 million to support pre-clinical studies of AlloJoinTM, human fat-derived stem cells for the treatment of knee osteoarthritis. The grant will allow the company to perform pre-clinical manufacturing studies at Children’s Hospital Los

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Research group awarded $12 million to establish tissue regeneration center

A research team called C-DOCTOR (Center for Dental, Oral and Craniofacial Tissue and Organ Regeneration), initiated by the Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC, is one step closer to developing products that facilitate tissue regeneration, thanks to a $12-million award from the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR). The financial reward stems from

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Support the UKRO Los Angeles Marathon Charity Relay Team

One out of every two adults will develop chronic kidney disease during their lifetimes. To help these patients, USC scientists and clinicians are putting their feet to the task as part of the UKRO Los Angeles Marathon Charity Relay Team. They’ll be running the Los Angeles Marathon on Sunday, March 19, to fund young investigators

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Ching-Ling (Ellen) Lien awarded $1.7 million to study heart regeneration

Ching-Ling (Ellen) Lien, an investigator at The Saban Research Institute of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA) and principal investigator with USC Stem Cell, has been awarded nearly $1.7 million, over a four year period, from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute of the National Institutes of Health to study the molecular and cellular mechanisms

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The Broad Foundation gives a 10th birthday gift to stem cell centers

Scientists from USC, UCLA and UCSF gathered at a symposium recently to celebrate the 10th anniversary of their three stem cell research centers, established with support from Eli and Edythe Broad and the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM). As the guests of honor, the Broads marked the milestone by surprising the centers with a

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USC Michelson Center for Convergent Science emphasizes collaborative approach to treating cancer patients

AnneMarie Ciccarella describes herself as an “accidental advocate.” A need to understand her disease led the breast cancer survivor to travel to a national cancer conference where she met USC Professor Peter Kuhn two years ago.“He turned to me and said, ‘If we’re trying to figure out what matters, how about we just ask the

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Zlatka Stojanova

What I’m Reading: Stem Cell Postdoc Zlatka Stojanova offers a top pick

Zlatka Stojanova: Usher syndrome is a devastating genetic disorder that causes profound hearing loss, balance disorders and progressive blindness. In the ear, mutations in the Usher 1c (USH1C) gene lead to damage and loss of the inner ear’s sensory cells, causing deafness. Scientists from Harvard Medical School recently reported an unprecedented recovery of hearing in

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