Top Ten Medical Breakthroughs: No. 1 First Neurons Created from ALS Patients
NYSCF-supported research by Dr. Kevin Eggan, a NYSCF advisor and researcher at the Harvard Stem Cell Institute, resulting in the first-ever human stem cell lines from the cells of patients afflicted with a version of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, was named as Time Magazine’s top medical breakthrough of 2008.
This work is a major step toward scientists’ belief that stem cell research will eventually make it possible to treat patients suffering from chronic diseases with stem cell-based treatments created from their own cells.
This research was also named the Number 1 breakthrough of the year by Science Magazine.