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Dr. Camilla Forsberg is the Co-Director of the Institute for the Biology of Stem Cells, and a Professor of Biomolecular Engineering at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Her lab seeks to understand the molecular determinants of hematopoietic stem cell fate decisions to ultimately prevent and treat both genetic and acquired disorders of the hematopoietic system.

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The Stem Cell Science Round Up

Stem Cell Therapy Helps Broken Hearts Heal in Unexpected Way – Cardiac stem cell therapy has been shown to enhance function in damaged hearts by triggering an inflammatory-based wound healing response, rather than by producing new cardiomyocytes.

Leaky Blood-Brain Barrier Induces Cognitive Impairments – In a pair of papers, scientists have found that the breakdown of the blood-brain barrier during aging can result in dysfunctional brain electrical activity due to increased inflammation, causing microseizure-like events and cognitive decline.

Revolutionizing Injury Recovery with Tendon Stem Cells – Investigators have discovered the existence of tendon stem cells that are able to generate new tenocytes.

New Generation Exhaustion-Resistant CAR-T Cells – Researchers have identified a protein that, when overexpressed in CAR T cells, enables the cells to overcome exhaustion and increase their effectiveness.

Photo Reference: Courtesy of Dr. Camilla Forsberg