Ask A Scientist- Dr. Jeanne Loring

It’s not often you get a chance to ask a world class stem cell expert a question about their work, and how it might help you or someone you love. But on Wednesday June 13th you can do just that. The Americans for Cures Foundation will be hosting an Ask A Scientist conference call with Dr. Jeanne Loring.

Dr. Loring is an American stem cell biologist, developmental neurobiologist, and geneticist. She is the director of the Center for Regenerative Medicine and professor in the Department of Chemical Physiology at The Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, California. Her research is currently focused on human pluripotent stem cells, a remarkable cell type made by reprogramming adult cells to an embryonic state, making them capable of developing into all of the cell types in the body.

Her research team pioneered the use of genomic and epigenetic analyses to ensure the effectiveness and safety of stem cells for therapy. Her lab is developing a patient-specific neuron replacement therapy for Parkinson’s disease that is expected to start clinical trials in 2019 or early 2020. The group is also working on a stem cell-based therapy for multiple sclerosis and is using stem cells to understand the underlying causes of autism. With the San Diego Zoo, her lab is developing a "zoo" of induced pluripotent stem cells from the critically endangered Northern white rhinoceros in an effort to rescue the species.

If you are interested in listening in on the Ask A Scientist conference call please contact Jason Stewart the Director of Advocacy at Americans for Cures Foundation. Please email him for more information.


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