From Stem Cells to Regenerative Medicine

Dr. Hossein Baharvand (Royan Institute, Tehran)
Saturday, 93/12/02 (Feb. 21, 2015), 15:30


In recent years, cell-replacement therapies are emerging as novel therapeutic paradigms for repair. The unique properties of pluripotent stem cells including embryonic stem cells and induced pluripotent stem cells have provided an alternative approach to generating enough functional cells for cellular therapy. I will review our experiences on the different differentiation strategies that can give rise to a desired somatic cell for regenerative medicine purposes from pluripotent stem cells. The transplantation of the differentiated cells into animal disease models will be discussed. I also address the challenges we must overcome in order to translate stem cell research to clinical applications.