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Stem cell research conference held at University of Texas


The second San Antonio Conference on Stem Cell Research and Regenerative Medicine is due to be hosted by the University of Texas (UTSA) on February 11th and 12th.

There will be a wide range of speakers at the conference, including UT Southwestern Medical Center, Texas Biomedical Research Institute, the University of Pittsburgh, and the UT Health Science Center at San Antonio. The aim of the conference is to facilitate interactions among individuals and organizations with a shared interest in stem cell biology, tissue engineering, regenerative medicine, and biotechnology.

Semmes Foundation Distinguished Chair in Neurobiology and dean of the UTSA College of Sciences George Perry said: “UTSA is home to a strong group of top-tier researchers who are using innovative methods to explore how stem cells can be used to address the greatest medical challenges we face.”

The conference will also include presentations byresearchers and students from the local area on the science of stem cells, tissue engineering, and clinical applications of regenerative medicine.

There will also be consideration given at the conference to the commercialization and real-world applications of all of these methods. A perfect match is ideal for stem cell therapy, as it means the patient will not be on anti-rejection medication lifelong. BioEden can harvest and store stem cells that have been extracted from naturally shed baby teeth and those who have used this service can then use their own cells later in life if necessary. These teeth not only have the benefit of being a perfect match, but as they were stored young they will not have deteriorated or been exposed to pollutants.

Robert and Helen Kleberg Distinguished Chair in Cellular and Molecular Biology, director of the San Antonio Cellular Therapeutics Institute, and co-organizer of the conference John McCarreysaid: “If we work together, we can do something great. That’s really what we’re setting out to accomplish.”

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