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Scientists design and test new approach for corneal stem cell treatments

November 29, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Researchers in the Cedars-Sinai Regenerative Medicine Institute have designed and tested a novel, minute-long procedure to prepare human amniotic membrane for use as a scaffold for specialized stem cells that may be used to treat some corneal diseases. This membrane serves as a foundation that supports the growth of stem cells in order to graft them onto the cornea.

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Lou Gehrig’s disease: From patient stem cells to potential treatment strategy in one study

October 25, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Although the technology has existed for just a few years, scientists increasingly use “disease in a dish” models to study genetic, molecular and cellular defects. But a team of doctors and scientists led by researchers at the Cedars-Sinai Regenerative Medicine Institute went further in a study of Lou Gehrig’s disease, a fatal disorder that attacks muscle-controlling nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord.

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Stem cells boost heart’s natural repair mechanisms

January 31, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Injecting specialized cardiac stem cells into a patient’s heart rebuilds healthy tissue after a heart attack, but where do the new cells come from and how are they transformed into functional muscle?

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Cedars-Sinai study sheds light on bone marrow stem cell therapy for pancreatic recovery

October 5, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Researchers at Cedars-Sinai’s Maxine Dunitz Neurosurgical Institute have found that a blood vessel-building gene boosts the ability of human bone marrow stem cells to sustain pancreatic recovery in a laboratory mouse model of insulin-dependent diabetes.

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