German scientists at the University of Bielefeld and Dresden University of technology have produced neurons from inferior turbinate stem cells [ITSC], a cell type that is typically discarded during sinus surgery, as a potential treatment for Parkinson’s disease. After transplanting the ITSCs into an animal model suffering from Parkinson’s, the researchers observed full functional restoration and significant behavioral recovery in the subjects without any adverse side effects. Continue reading
Recently, researchers team from Sanford-Burnham’s Del E. Webb Center for Neuroscience, Aging, and Stem Cell Research and MIT’s Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research used stem cells from patients with Parkinson’s disease to show that a genetic mutation is partly responsible for cell death in the patients’ nervous system. This study exhibits a novel ability of stem cells to act as a model through which researchers can better understand diseases and develop better outcomes. Continue reading
Researchers at Gutenberg University Mainz have found a way to generate human neurons from pericytes, cells found in the central nervous system, through the use of stem cells. The researchers have observed the process of differentiation that stem cells undergo when they become a new type of cell, and have induced stem cells to go through this process. Therefore, these cells have been directed to become new neuronal cells.
A recent study at Lund University in Sweden reveals the discovery of a type of stem cell that has the ability to differentiate into new brain tissue. This discovery introduces the possibility of finding ways to repair damage to the brain as a result of disease or injury. Researchers plan to use this study as a springboard for further studies in stem cell therapies to treat neural degenerative disease such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease.
The University of Michigan, Michigan State, Wayne University, and Oakland University came together recently at the “Stem Cell Michigan Meeting” to discuss recent advances in the field of regenerative medicine.
“(Stem cells) change everything in medicine and have the chance to improve the quality of individual’s lives,” OU Professor and Beaumont Hospital ISCRM Coordinator Rasul Chaudhry said at the meeting.