Welcome to our Takes Nerve newsletter – your source of news and views from the Sue & Bill Gross Stem Cell Research Center. Building from the outstanding achievements of our family of researchers, we look forward to an exciting year filled with major discoveries, the recruitment of new colleagues and growing outreach to our community through our public awareness campaign “It Takes Nerve.” It’s our effort to inform the public about stem cell research and urge increased support for this exciting field. Please join us in this great adventure to transform medicine – our efforts now will make all the difference for our children and future generations to avoid disease, deal with injuries and age with good health. – Peter Donovan, Director of the Sue & Bill Gross Stem Cell Research Center
As a husband-and-wife research team, Aileen Anderson and Brian Cummings not only bring a family atmosphere to the Sue & Bill Gross Stem Cell Research Center – their work has lead to the world’s first clinical trial of a human neural stem cell-based therapy for chronic spinal cord injury.
Dr. Steven Cramer ’s aggressive work on stroke rehabilitation offers a new perspective for neural stem cell treatments accelerating recovery. “When the day comes that people can be treated with stem cell therapies, we believe these types of rehab programs will boost their effectiveness,” Cramer says. “The therapies will have maximum impact when paired with behavioral training that aids brain cell regeneration.” His research is one example of how Sue & Bill Gross Stem Cell Research Center scientists are expanding our understanding of stem cell treatments. Read more about Cramer here
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Frank LaFerla is leading the effort to find how stem cell therapies can supplement treatments for Alzheimer ’s disease. In this video, he speaks with Sue & Bill Gross Stem Cell Research Center director Peter Donovan about the promise of this research. See their discussion here
Learn more about patient groups that support stem cell research and how you can get involved here
Saturday, March 10 Huntington Disease Society of America , Orange County Chapter Regional Education Day “Uses of Stem Cells in Disease Research” – 10 a.m. Peter Donovan, director, Sue & Bill Gross Stem Cell Research Center “Research Progress in HD Research” – 10:45 a.m. Leslie Thompson, professor of Psychiatry and Human Behavior/Neurobiology and Behavior at UC Irvine UC Irvine Student Center – Emerald Bay conference center More here Wednesday, March 28 2012 Dean ’s Quarterly Lecture Series “Stem Cells: Revolutionizing the Treatment of Human Disease” Peter Donovan, director, Sue & Bill Gross Stem Cell Research Center and Henry Klassen, associate professor and director, Stem Cell & Retinal Regeneration Program, Ophthalmology 5 p.m.; 4th floor, Sue and Bill Gross Hall More here (pdf)