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Monthly Archives: February 2011

Unplugged, Interfaith Style: Interfaith Family, February 2011

As a member of an interfaith family, I haven’t really observed Shabbat. Even when I was growing up in a Jewish household, my parents never observed Shabbat, except for the brief run-up to my bar mitzvah when we’d attend Friday night services. …

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Trial designed to treat children with connatal Pelizaeus-Merzbacher disease (PMD): UCSF, February 2011

Sometimes, the rarest diseases provide the most critical insights. Pediatrician David Rowitch, MD, PhD, is leading a stem cell trial designed to treat children with connatal Pelizaeus-Merzbacher disease (PMD), an uncommon but fatal brain disorder. It is UCSF’s first stem …

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Cardiovascular: Reaching for a Cure: UCSF, February 2011

The heart cannot adequately regenerate damaged tissue after a heart attack. But could stem cells help it along that path? Doctors and researchers at UCSF with a wide range of expertise are exploring this possibility together, working to see whether …

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From Worms to Blood Stem Cells: UCSF, February 2011

The simple worm piqued the budding young scientist’s interest in developmental biology. “I loved it,” he says. Robert Blelloch, MD, PhD, followed that passion through fellowships and into work with blood stem cells. “It was so exciting to see how …

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Overcoming a Vexing Barrier: UCSF, February 2011

Researchers at the Eli and Edythe Broad Center of Regeneration Medicine and Stem Cell Research at UCSF are tackling monumental problems – cures for diseases as pernicious as Parkinson’s disease and brain tumors. Yet a vexing barrier to those would-be …

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A Team for an Ambitious Project: UCSF, February 2011

Stem cells have an innate attraction to tumor cells. If genetically engineered to produce proteins with anti-tumor activity, they could serve as tumor-killing assassins. At UCSF, a team of scientists led by Mitchel S. Berger, MD, chair of the Department …

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The Road to a Cure: UCSF, February 2011

In searching for a cure for diabetes, researchers from UCSF and their partners at ViaCyte, a San Diego biotechnology company, have already cleared some large hurdles. ViaCyte has developed a line of human stem cells that have been specially cultured …

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Seeking Balance in the Brain: UCSF, February 2011

Some signals in the brain inhibit action, and some spark or excite it. A balance of those two impulses is critical to healthy brain function – and an imbalance lies beneath many of the most common brain problems such as …

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Addressing the Data Bottleneck: UCSF, February 2011

In an age of tremendous biological discoveries, where stem cells may ultimately prove useful as therapies for many diseases, a quiet mathematician and physicist is emerging as a key player. Jun Song, PhD, has found himself in demand among the …

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Nurturing a Delicate Balance: UCSF’s Industry Partnerships: UCSF, February 2011

When UCSF researcher Charles Chiu, MD, PhD, recently renewed his center’s partnership with Abbott Diagnostics, it marked a milestone in the University’s efforts to keep its industry partnerships alive and well. Abbott’s renewed funding for the Viral Diagnostics and Discovery Center (VDDC),  which …

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