ISSCR 2014: Tony Atala, Jason Burdick and the Power of Tissue Engineering

The progress in tissue engineering in just the past two decades has been like the construction industry moving from simple lean-to structures to homes with plumbing, heating and cooling systems. We are not yet ready to build a high-rise—think of a beating functioning heart—but we are making major strides toward that goal. One of the … Continue reading ISSCR 2014: Tony Atala, Jason Burdick and the Power of Tissue Engineering

Stem cell therapy for diabetic foot ulcers shows promise in new study

For individuals with diabetes, the body’s inability to properly control blood sugar levels can lead to a wide range of other problems as time passes. One major issue is a diabetic foot ulcer (DFU), an open sore or wound that is commonly located on the bottom of the foot and caused by poor blood circulation … Continue reading Stem cell therapy for diabetic foot ulcers shows promise in new study

Stem cell study holds out promise for kidney disease

Kidney failure is the Rodney Dangerfield of diseases, it really doesn’t get the respect it deserves. An estimated 660,000 Americans suffer from kidney failure and around 47,000 people die from it every year. That’s more than die from breast or prostate cancer. But now a new study has identified a promising stem cell candidate that … Continue reading Stem cell study holds out promise for kidney disease

Alpha clinics and a new framework for accelerating stem cell treatments

Last week, at the World Stem Cell Summit in Miami, CIRM took part in a panel discussion about the role and importance of Alpha Clinics in not just delivering stem cell therapies, but in helping create a new, more collaborative approach to medicine. The Alpha Clinic concept is to create  a network of top medical … Continue reading Alpha clinics and a new framework for accelerating stem cell treatments

Finally a possible use for your excess fat; using it to fix your arthritic knee

One of the most common questions we get asked at CIRM, almost every other day to be honest, is “are there any stem cell treatments for people with arthritis in their knees?” It’s not surprising. This is a problem that plagues millions of Americans and is one of the leading causes of disability in the … Continue reading Finally a possible use for your excess fat; using it to fix your arthritic knee

Meet ITOP: A One Stop Shop for 3D Printing Body Parts

“They have managed to create what appears to be the goose that really does lay golden eggs!” That was how UK surgeon Martin Birchall described it to BBC News. The goose in this case is a 3D bioprinter, and the golden eggs are the human sized tissues that the bioprinter successfully constructed. This breakthrough for … Continue reading Meet ITOP: A One Stop Shop for 3D Printing Body Parts

Stem cell stories that caught our eye: Both parents’ diets impact health of offspring, also lab grown fallopian tubes and testicles

Here are some stem cell stories that caught our eye this past week. Some are groundbreaking science, others are of personal interest to us, and still others are just fun. A special post on stem cells and reproductive health  Mom needs to balance her Omegas. To produce a healthy baby with a robust brain you … Continue reading Stem cell stories that caught our eye: Both parents’ diets impact health of offspring, also lab grown fallopian tubes and testicles

Stem cell stories that caught our eye: three teams refine cell reprogramming, also stem cell tourism

Here are some stem cell stories that caught our eye this past week. Some are groundbreaking science, others are of personal interest to us, and still others are just fun. Why stem cells in the lab don’t grow up right. A classic cartoon among stem cell fans shows a stem cell telling a daughter cell … Continue reading Stem cell stories that caught our eye: three teams refine cell reprogramming, also stem cell tourism