A research team from Aston University has developed a new method to investigate Alzheimer’s disease through the use of human stem cells. Through the study of tau proteins, this novel use of stem cells can help scientists predict with greater accuracy the effectiveness of different treatments to prevent the onset of Alzheimer’s disease. Continue reading
Scientists in the US (UC, UCSD) and China (Wuhan) have found a way to convert stem cells into functional neurons. The researchers were able to suppress an RNA-binding protein, inducing the stem cells to become neurons. This gives hope for a treatment for neurodegenerative diseases such as Huntington’s, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, Multiple Sclerosis, and Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease), which will afflict one in four Americans over their lifetime.
Dr. Peter Donovan, Dr. Hans Keirstead, Dr. Aileen Anderson, Dr. Brian Cummings, Dr. Frank LaFerla, Dr. Leslie M. Thompson, and Dr. Matthew Blurton-Jones of UC Irvine discuss the importance of stem cells and the current research taking place within their labs.
A highly specialized research team at Seoul National University and RNL Stem Cell Research Institute have been focusing intensive efforts on creating a viable stem cell treatment for Alzheimer’s by 2016.