Gel-Like Polymers May Improve Stem Cell-Based Therapies.

Scientists are developing a polymeric gel to protect stem cells from trauma during transplant injections.

Complex chemical polymers are currently being developed by scientists at Stanford University to protect and support the proliferation of stem cells during spinal cord transplantation procedures.  The gels are designed to provide padding for the cells during injection, while also varying in viscosity and the biochemical signals contained within to offer stem cells an optimal environment for differentiation. Continue reading

Brain Model Created from Stem Cells.

Researchers from Tufts University utilize stem cells to create a 3-D model of the brain that replicates neurological function.

As reported in a recent article in the New York Times, bioengineers from Tufts University have created a 3-D model of the brain that, utilizing stem cell-derived neurons, the model can mimic the brain’s response to traumatic injury. Principle Investigator Dr. David Kaplan tested the model by dropping weights on it, resulting in a complete neuronal response, including the transmission of electrical impulses and chemical signals through the neurons. Continue reading

Stem Cells Limit Long Term Damage due to Traumatic Brain Injury

 

Inflammation due to TBI

Stem cells reduce inflammation following TBI

Researchers at the University of Texas Health Science Center have developed a novel use of stem cells to prevent neurological inflammation in patients following traumatic brain injury; potentially limiting damage caused by TBI and preserving brain function for victims.  The treatment stem cells injected into TBI-mice regulated the immune response in the brain, limiting inflammation and long term damage. Continue reading

UC Irvine Scientists Discuss Stem Cell Research

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.

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