Archive for October, 2009

New Canadian-Californian investment in stem cell research aims to improve cancer treatments

Author: Michael Rudnicki, 10/28/09

I am excited to learn of today’s announcement that two large-scale projects to tackle stem cell therapies for cancer are to be funded by the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM) and the Cancer Stem Cell Consortium (CSCC). This is most welcome news, not only because it demonstrates a continued investment in stem cell science…Read more

Overcoming barriers to successful heart cell transplants

Author: Stem Cell Network, 10/14/09

During a heart attack, muscle cells that make up the heart’s tissue are lost permanently. This cell loss is one of the leading causes of heart failure. Although cell transplantation can result in modest improvements in cardiac function, several challenges remain, including how to increase the survival, integration and functionality of the transplanted cells within…Read more

Nobel nominees were the founders of stem cell science

Author: Michael Rudnicki, 10/08/09

Speculation abounded earlier this week that the founders of stem cell science – James Till and Ernest McCulloch – would be honoured for their achievement with a prestigious Nobel Prize. While it turned out that the Prize was awarded to a deserving trio of researchers for their work on chromosomes, the buzz of anticipation and conjecture…Read more