Kevin Eggan

A New Stem Cell Advance

March 3, 2015
Stem-cell derived hypothalamic neuron
Above, one type of hypothalamic neuron created from stem cells. For the first time, researchers have access to these live human neuron types that are involved in everything from the regulation of sleep, to obesity, and other basic processes....
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Pain in a dish

November 24, 2014

Turning skin cells into pain-sensing neurons


Human noxious stimulus detecting sensory neurons produced by converting skin cells with a set of five genes to this new fate—enabling study of "pain"in a dish. (Credit: Elizabeth Buttermore, PhD)

After more than...

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Patient stem cells help identify common problem in ALS

April 3, 2014

Discovery will lead directly to clinical trials

Harvard stem cell scientists have discovered that a recently approved medication for epilepsy may possibly be a meaningful treatment for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)—Lou Gehrig’s disease, a uniformly fatal neurodegenerative disorder. The researchers are now collaborating with Massachusetts General Hospital to design an initial clinical trial testing the safety of the treatment in ALS patients.... Read more about Patient stem cells help identify common problem in ALS