NYSCF's latest paper could have important implications for human reproductive technologies. The scientists showed proof of principle that genome transfer can rescue developmentally incompetent eggs, making them viable for use in reproduction. NYSCF Research Institute scientist Dr. Mitsutoshi Yamada and NYSCF – Robertson Investigator Dr. Dieter Egli used a mouse model to investigate the causes of the decline in developmental potential in aged oocytes.
Through a battery of complementary experiments transferring the genomes of differently aged mouse oocytes post ovulation, the scientists showed that the developmental decline in oocytes is primarily due to abnormal function of cytoplasmic factors, not to deterioration of the genome. This research was published in Stem Cell Reports.
NYSCF – Robertson Stem Cell Investigator Dr. Jayaraj Rajagopal, Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School, was named as the 2017 ISSCR Dr. Susan Lim Outstanding Young Investigator Award recipient for his work studying lung stem cells and lung tissue. Dr. Rajagopal's research has provided new insights into cystic fibrosis, asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder (COPD), and lung cancers. The Award recognizes exceptional achievements by an ISSCR member and investigator in the early part of their independent career in stem cell research.
In four of the past five years, NYSCF – Robertson Stem Cell Investigators have been recognized with this prestigious award.
Previous NYSCF recipients of the Dr. Susan Lim Outstanding Young Investigator Award:
The 2017 ISSCR Award Recipients will be acknowledged and recognized at the ISSCR 2017 Annual Meeting on June 14-17 in Boston, Massachusetts.
NYSCF Chief of Staff David McKeon appeared on the Dr. Oz Show investigation “Exposing Experimental Stem Cell Treatments.” The segment highlighted the dangers of unproven stem cell therapies and questioned the medical practitioners and clinics involved in taking advantage of patients with nowhere else to turn. The investigation went undercover, exposing the exhorbitant charges and outlandish claims made by these unscrupulous practitioners. Dr. Sally Temple, a research scientist and President of the International Society for Stem Cell Research (ISSCR), and Montel Williams, a talk show host and multiple sclerosis patient also participated in the segment.