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Cord Blood Stem Cells Expanded by Co-culture with Endothelial Cells
Shahin Rafii’s and Jason Butler’s laboratories at Weill Cornell Medical College found that co-culturing human cord blood cells with endothelial cells leads to an increase in the number of repopulating cord blood stem and progenitor cells. This work was recently published in Blood.
Summer Undergraduate Research Trainees Publish Three Papers
NYSTEM sponsored summer undergraduate research trainees at Cornell and Columbia Universities coauthored papers with their advisors.
Fellow to Faculty Awardee Identifies New Molecule in Self-renewal and Regeneration
Ting Chen, PhD, an Empire State Fellow-to-Faculty Award recipient working in the laboratory of Elaine Fuchs at The Rockefeller University, published work in the May 3 edition of Nature. Dr. Chen’s work provides new insights into the mechanisms that control the balance between stem cell self-renewal and tissue regeneration.
NYSTEM Funded Investigator Elected to the National Academy of Engineering (NAE)
The Mikati Foundation Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Professor of Medical Sciences, and director of the Laboratory for Stem Cells and Tissue Engineering, Gordana Vunjak-Novakovic has just been elected to the National Academy of Engineering (NAE), one of the highest professional distinctions awarded to an engineer. She is the first woman at Columbia University to receive this distinction.
Mechanisms of Inherited Parkinson′s Disease Discovered
Jian Feng, Ph.D., at the University at Buffalo, reports the generation of live human neurons from skin cells of patients with inherited Parkinson’s Disease (PD). The resulting neurons serve as a model to understand the mechanisms of inherited PD for the first time. The study provides potential new targets for therapies to treat both the inherited and sporadic forms of PD.
Multipotent Stem Cells Discovered in Human Eyes
Sally Temple, Ph.D., Tim Blenkinsop, Ph.D., Enrique Salero, Ph.D., and colleagues at the Neural Stem Cell Institute in Rensselaer identified a population of adult central nervous system (CNS) stem cells that is readily accessible in the eye. These stem cells, from the retinal pigment epithelium, have the potential to produce multiple types of cells, both neural and mesenchymal cells. Because these cells are central nervous system cells that can be isolated from almost anyone, they can serve as a source of autologous stem cells for nervous system therapies.
Empire State Stem Cell Board Awards $30.5 Million for Stem Cell Facilities and Research Faculty Training
May 21, 2010 - The Empire State Stem Cell Board voted to award $30.5 million in State funding to support biomedical research infrastructure and stem cell research training in New York State.
$34.7 Million in State Funds Awarded
$34.7 Million in State Funds Awarded
March 19, 2010 - Governor David A. Paterson today announced $34.7 million in State funding to support investment in biomedical research and the New Economy through support for stem cell research. The awards to 49 researchers at 16 institutions across New York State were approved March 4 at a meeting of the Funding Committee of the Empire State Stem Cell Board in New York City.
$2.1 Million to Support Undergraduate Studies
November 3, 2009 -- New York's stem cell research initiative has approved $2.1 million in new funding that will offer college students the opportunity to learn about stem cell science and experience first-hand the specialized techniques required for pursuing a stem cell research career. Students will gain learning opportunities in science, ethics, legal and societal implications of stem cell research.
Roundtable Meetings on Stem Cell Progress
Governor David A. Paterson held roundtable meetings in the Bronx and on Long Island to discuss the important progress being made by New York-based researchers of stem cell technology.