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Shriners opens new lab to WashU scientists making breakthroughs in arthritis

By Michele Munz St. Louis Post-Dispatch May 20, 2017 A multimillion-dollar lab opened this week at Shriners Hospital for Children, signaling a powerful collaboration that allows leading scientists at Washington University School of Medicine to perform cutting edge research at the philanthropic hospital. Staffed with 30 scientists from the medical school, the lab is focused on

Approaching a decades-old goal: Making blood stem cells from patients’ own cells

New technique raises possibility of making all types of blood cells to treat disease Date: May 17, 2017 Source: Boston Children's Hospital Summary: For the first time, researchers have generated blood-forming stem cells in the lab using pluripotent stem cells, which can make virtually every cell type in the body. The advance opens new avenues

Novel Surgical Technique Paves Way to Restoring Failing Organs

UCSF Study Shows Strategy May Boost Survival of Transplanted Stem Cells By Suzanne Leigh on May 14, 2017 By piercing liver cells with rapid pulses of electricity, scientists at UC San Francisco have demonstrated an entirely new way to transplant cells into organs to treat disease. Because the technique provides a hospitable environment for newly

National Multiple Sclerosis Society Commits to $17 Million for 43 Research Projects

The National Multiple Sclerosis Society is pumping $17 million into 43 research projects that represent almost half of its $40-million research funding commitment in 2017. Among the projects are trials evaluating intermittent fasting as a way to harness inflammation and stem cell research. A growing number of studies indicate that stem cells can slow MS activity and repair the damage

Discovery May Lead to New Brain Cancer Therapies

Wed, 05/10/2017 - 2:48pm by Kenny Walter - Digital Reporter - A pair of molecules that drive the growth of an aggressive form of brain cancer might hold the key to new therapy options for the deadly disease. Researchers from the University of Edinburgh have discovered that the molecules could reveal the mechanisms that underpin brain

Engineering human stem cells to model the kidney’s filtration barrier on a chip

May 10, 2017 A glomerulus-on-a-chip lined by human stem cell-derived kidney cells could help model patient-specific kidney diseases and guide therapeutic discovery By Benjamin Boettner (BOSTON) — The kidney – made up of about a million tiny units that work to filter blood, constantly rids the body of undesired waste products to form urine while

Team cures Diabetes in mice without side effects

May 8, 2017 - A potential cure for Type 1 diabetes looms on the horizon in San Antonio, and the novel approach would also allow Type 2 diabetics to stop insulin shots. The discovery, made at The University of Texas Health Science Center, now called UT Health San Antonio, increases the types of pancreatic cells

Fighting Cancer: New Microscopic Technique Could Help Detect, Diagnose Metastatic Melanomas

May 04, 2017 Story Contact(s): Jeff Sossamon COLUMBIA, Mo. – The fight against skin cancer just got a new weapon. For years, melanoma researchers have studied samples that were considered uniform in size and color, making them easier to examine by more conventional means. But melanomas don’t always come in the same shape and hue; often, melanomas

Biomarker Test for Lou Gehrig’s Disease Useful in Diagnosing Canine Neurodegenerative Disease

Mizzou researchers seek clinical trial participants for further treatment study May 03, 2017 Story Contact(s): Jeff Sossamon COLUMBIA, Mo. – In 2009, Joan Coates, a veterinary neurologist, along with other researchers at the University of Missouri and the Broad Institute at MIT/Harvard, found a genetic link between degenerative myelopathy (DM) in dogs and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis

Stem cells edited to fight arthritis

Goal is vaccine that targets inflammation in joints by Jim Dryden•April 27, 2017 ELLA MARUSHCHENKO Using CRISPR technology, a team of researchers led by Farshid Guilak, PhD, at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, rewired stem cells' genetic circuits to produce an anti-inflammatory arthritis drug when the cells encounter inflammation. The technique eventually