Archive for April, 2010

British doctors transplant trachea grown from stem cells

Author: Chris Kamel, 04/29/10

In Britain, a young boy is currently recovering from a remarkable surgery to replace his windpipe. Tissue transplantation itself is hardly a routine thing, but there are a couple of things that make this case, reported in the British Medical Journal, particularly interesting. Avoiding immune response First, the trachea being transplanted is being grown by…Read more

Neuron replacement is the future–but astrocyte replacement can be done now

Author: Katie Moisse, 04/27/10

“Neuron replacement is the future–but astrocyte replacement can be done now” Those were the words of stem cell biologist Clive Svendsen during his plenary lecture at the American Academy of Neurology’s annual meeting in Toronto April 15. Svendsen won this year’s Sheila Essey award, which honours scientists whose research has significantly contributed to understanding, preventing…Read more

Stem cells in the running for a Webby Award!

Author: Stem Cell Network, 04/26/10

 The Canadian Stem Cell Foundation has been nominated for Best Activism Website at the 14th Annual Webby Awards, otherwise known as the “Oscars of the Internet”. The Webby’s recognize the world’s best websites, interactive advertising, online film and video, and mobile web sites. As a nominee, the Canadian Stem Cell Foundation is also eligible to win…Read more

New possibilities for treatment of severe heart failure

Author: Stem Cell Network, 04/15/10

Researchers in Montréal announced this week that they have successfully used stem cells as a key part of a treatment for a patient with heart muscle failure due to severe heart disease. The procedure involves implanting autologous stem cells into the heart muscle of a patient during a coronary bypass procedure. The stem cells stimulate…Read more

Stem Cell School provides new resources for educators

Author: Stem Cell Network, 04/12/10

With new developments in stem cell biology happening all the time, high school and undergraduate biology teachers are constantly challenged with the prospect of integrating stem cells into their lesson plans. Teachers and students at last week’s StemCellTalks event in Toronto got a first look at a new media-rich resource to help educators fit stem…Read more