First report of the long-term safety/efficacy of pluripotent stem cells in humans with any disease
"For a nice two decades scientists have dreamt about using human embryonic stem cells to treat diseases … that day has finally come…scientists have used human embryonic stem cells to successfully treat patients suffering from severe vision loss"
"In a report published in the journal Lancet, scientists led by Dr. Robert Lanza, chief scientific officer at Advanced Cell Technology, provide the first evidence that stem cells from human embryos can be a safe and effective source of therapies for two types of eye diseases"
In a cloning first, Lanza and colleagues create stem cells from adults
"Advancement Could Lead to Treatment for Alzheimer's, Heart Disease"
"After years of failed attempts, researchers have finally generated stem cells from adults using the same cloning technique that produced Dolly the sheep in 1996. The process could provide a new way for scientists to generate healthy replacements for diseased or damaged cells in patients"
"First Embryonic Stem Cells Cloned From A Man's Skin"
Lanza Featured on Stephen Hawking's Stem Cell Special
"Since my 20s, I haven't had to deal with the distractions that come from being able bodied. I've led a life of the mind. Stem cells may give you that same freedom, allowing you to pursue your wildest dreams without ever having to worry about the limitations of your body."
"Dr. Robert Lanza is one of the pioneers of stem cell therapies. He is already using them to help patients regenerate damaged body parts."
Premiere: Science Channel special, Stem Cell Universe with Stephen Hawking, Feb. 3 at 10/9c.
"I believe [Lanza's] passionate advice to fledgling scientists to be persistent and not take 'no' for an answer will inspire students to stay true to their goals and dreams; it will inspire them to contribute in their classes and their communities, knowing that one day their ideas and inventions will become part of larger endeavors that positively impact humanity," - Gregory Lamontagne, Vice-President for Academic Affairs, CCRI
Lanza receives the Il Leone di San Marco award in Medicine
Past honorees in other fields have included Dion, Susan Lucci, Tony Danza, Paul Giamatti, Paul Sorvino and Rudy Giuliani
Dr. Lanza received this year's prestigious Il Leone di San Marco award in Medicine (along with Regis Philbin, who received the award in Entertainment). For 34 years, the Italian Heritage and Culture Committee has acknowledged outstanding Americans in fields such as the Performing Arts, Entertainment, Medicine, Journalism, Literature, Playwriting, Government, Science, Academia or Business. Past honorees have included Stanley Tucci, Paul Giamatti, Paul Sorvino, Danny Aiello, Armand Assante, Tony Danza, Susan Lucci, Dion DiMucci, Phil Ramone, Bart Giamatti, and Rudy Giuliani. Dr. Lanza was one of four people who received this year's Il Leone di San Marco Award for their "many talents and great accomplishments" who represent the best in Italian-American culture.
First-Ever iPS Cell Clinical Trials
“…the first human trial involving stem cells created by reprogramming adult cells back to an embryonic-like state. [Lanza’s company] says it wants to test blood-clotting particles, called platelets, made from such reprogrammed cells…“It doesn’t require any embryos,” said Dr. Lanza “It doesn’t require eggs. It doesn’t require any destruction of embryos.”
“This would really be a dramatic advance in medicine”
Alan Michelson, Professor, Harvard Medical School
Top U.S. scientists hang their lab coats for stem cell research fundraising efforts. The 2011 “CELLebrity” Doctors Calendar spotlights twelve highly renowned doctors in the U.S. and details the progress that has been made in their prospective medical fields. NOTE: All proceeds from calendar sales benefit SCF and will be earmarked towards funding stem cell research in the United States.
It’s an experimental breakthrough for macular degeneration. How embryonic stem cells helped two blind people see again.