Stem cell therapy for Parkinson's disease: Problems and prospects


#1
Hi everyone,

Just a quick note to highlight an exciting upcoming event for those interested in Parkinson’s research. The Barbican are hosting a series of public lectures, ‘wonder talks’ during March and April sponsored by the Wellcome Trust.

Professor Anders Björklund of Lund University, Sweden will be giving a ‘wonder talk’ on ‘Stem cell therapy for Parkinson's disease: Problems and prospects’. He will discuss the recent progress made in stem cell research and how we hope to move this research to clinical use in the future.

Date: 9 April 2013 (6:00pm)
Venue: The Barbican, Silk St, London, EC2Y 8DS, UK

Entry is free and no ticket required. To find out more visit - http://bit.ly/WBeNAr

It promises to be a fascinating event and would be great to see some research supporters there!

Best wishes

The Research Team

#2
This article also talks about stem cell inplants that were succesfully transplanted in monkeys:

http://www.biospace.com/news_story.aspx?StoryID=290936&full=1

What actually keeps annoying me is that the monkeys are not alpha-synuclein models. In order for the stem cells to grow, neurotrophic factors are needed. But it is already known that alpha-synuclein blocks the release of neurotrophic factors. So in other words, this research proofs nothing. I hope the researchers in the event clearly point this out.