Convalescent plasma has been in the news a lot lately as a potential treatment for people infected with the coronavirus. In August the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granted emergency use authorization (EUA) to use these products based on preliminary data that suggested it might help people battling COVID. But there are still a … Continue reading Want to help us solve a mystery?

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When you have a great story to tell there’s no shame in repeating it as often as you can. After all, not everyone gets to hear first time around. Or second or third time. So that’s why we wanted to give you another opportunity to tune into some of the great presentations and discussions at … Continue reading Cures, clinical trials and unmet medical needs

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The development of organoid modeling has significantly expanded our understanding of human organs and the diseases that can affect them. For those unfamiliar with the term, an organoid is a miniaturized, simplified version of an organ produced that is also three dimensional. Recently, scientists from the University of Cambridge and the Korea Advanced Institute Science … Continue reading ‘Mini lung’ model shows scientists early stages of new coronavirus infection

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We have all read about people who smoke a pack of cigarettes and drink a bottle of whiskey a day and somehow manage to live a long, healthy life. Then there are people like Sandra Dillon. She lived as healthy a life as you can imagine; she exercised a lot, ate a healthy diet and … Continue reading How stem cells are helping her win the fight of her life

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For many couples that are ready to start a family, infertility, which is the inability to conceive children, can be a devastating setback. In fact, according to the Mayo Clinic, about 15% of couples are infertile. Of those couples experiencing infertility, one in three are issues related to male infertility, which often involves problems with … Continue reading Delivering a protein to testes could help treat male infertility

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In the time of coronavirus an awful lot of people are not just working from home they’re also working out at home. That’s a good thing; exercise is a great way to boost the immune system, stay healthy and deal with stress. But for people used to more structured workouts at the gym it can … Continue reading Repairing damaged muscles

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Leukocyte Adhesion Deficiency-I (LAD-I) is a rare pediatric disease caused by a mutation in a specific gene that causes low levels of a protein called CD18. Due to low levels of CD18, the adhesion of immune cells is affected, which negatively impacts the body’s ability to combat infections. Rocket Pharmaceuticals has announced positive results from … Continue reading CIRM funded trial for LAD-I announces positive results

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Funding models are rarely talked about in excited tones.  It’s normally relegated to the dry tomes of academia. But in CIRM’s case, the funding model we have created is not just fundamental to our success in advancing regenerative medicine in California, it’s also proving to be a model that many other agencies are looking at … Continue reading A model for success

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Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, CIRM converted its 2020 Grantee Meeting with UC Irvine & UC San Diego to a completely virtual format this year. Held on September 14 & 15, we brought together stem cell scientists and trainees that have received CIRM funding.  In addition to the complex science, we also heard from … Continue reading Miss the CIRM Grantee Meeting? Watch it online now!

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I thought that headline would grab your attention. The idea behind it grabbed my attention when I read about a new study in the journal Cell Metabolism that explored that idea and came away with a rather encouraging verdict of “perhaps”. The research team from the University of Helsinki say that on average people lose … Continue reading Could stem cells help reverse hair loss?

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