Stem cell therapies and Parkinson’s – Michael J Fox Foundation webinar

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Author: Joe McAweaneyPublished: 15 August 2019

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Tune in to the latest webinar in The Michael J Fox Foundation’s Third Thursdays series for an expert discussion on stem cell therapies and its potential treatments for Parkinson’s


The next episode of The Michael J Fox Foundation’s Third Thursdays webinar series will focus on stem cell therapies for Parkinson’s.

In the free hour-long webinar, a panel of Parkinson’s experts will discuss the status of stem cell therapies – and how they could be used to treat Parkinson’s. Panellists will also answer a range of questions on Parkinson’s from listeners.

There has been significant research into Parkinson’s and stem cells therapies, with studies suggesting that genetically edited cells may be able to counter the effects of the condition.

Last year, scientists from Kyoto University, Japan, carried out a world first trial – transplanting reprogrammed stem cells into people with Parkinson’s.

And in January, a team from the University of Edinburgh, UK, created Parkinson’s resistant stem cells. As part of the study, published in the ‘European Journal of Neuroscience’, the team used gene editing techniques to remove the alpha-synuclein protein from stem cells – preventing them from developing the condition.

To listen to this webinar, listeners must register here up to 15 minutes before it’s start time at 12:00 EST. If you cannot make the live broadcast, you can visit the archive to listen to a recording.


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