Global Stem Cells Group (GSCG) and International Society for Stem Cell Application (ISSCA) to Participate in Dubai Stem Cell Congress 2023
MIAMI, Florida, February 15, 2023 – Global Stem Cells Group (GSCG) and its educational division, the International Society for Stem Cell Application (ISSCA), are proud to announce their participation as sponsors and co-organizers of the Dubai Stem Cell Congress 2023. The congress, endorsed by the Hortman Stem Cell Laboratory, will take place on the 27th and 28th of February 2023 at the prestigious Waldorf Astoria on The Palm in Dubai.
The congress will bring together international experts in regenerative medicine and stem cell research from around the world to share their knowledge, experiences, and insights with the academic community and the general public. The event will also provide a platform for patients to share their success stories of stem cell therapy and how it has helped them overcome various life-threatening diseases.
“We are honored to welcome you to the first edition of the Dubai Stem Cell Congress 2023, which will host international experts in the field of Regenerative Medicine & Stem Cell Research from around the world,” said Dr. Fatma Alhashimi, Chairman of Dubai Stem Cell Congress. “We will be showcasing cutting-edge data, stem cell technologies, and advanced applications.”
GSCG will showcase its range of cellular products and equipment, including exosomes for topical and intravenous use, Mesenchymal Stem Cells (MSC), Bone Marrow Kit, PRP Kit, Fat Kit for obtaining Stromal Vascular Fraction (SVF), workstation, and laboratory equipment. ISSCA, on the other hand, will be represented with its training, congresses, conferences, and the fellowship in Cellular Therapies.
“Our mission is to make cellular therapies a reality for both doctors and patients, and we are happy to continue that mission by sharing our knowledge and showcasing our Cellgenic branded Cellular products and equipment at the congress,” said Benito Novas, Managing Director of Global Stem Cells Group and Head of Public Relations for ISSCA.
With over 25 world-class international speakers, including ISSCA-certified speakers, the congress will feature a variety of panel discussions, lectures, and presentations on the latest innovative technologies in stem cell and regenerative medicine.
ISSCA-certified speakers and experts who will be presenting lectures at the congress include the following:
- Erdinç Civelek, a brain surgeon at Gaziosmanpaşa Taksim Hospital for Research and Education in Turkey.
- Dr. Serdar Kabataş, a brain surgeon at Gaziosmanpaşa Taksim Research and Education Hospital in Turkey.
- Abdulmajeed Hamadi, a consultant hematologist and pioneer in transplantation and stem cell therapy with an FRCP designation in Iraq.
- Salih Yildirim, the Director of Overseas Operations of ISSCA and a member of the Board of Directors of the Global Stem Cell Group and Director of International Operations.
- Benito Novas, the Managing Director of Global Stem Cells Group and Head of Public Relations for the International Society for the Application of Stem Cells in the USA.
Among the esteemed speakers at the event are:
Prof. Anil Dhawan, Dr. Frances Verter, Dr. Masayo Takahashi, Dr. Essam Abdelalim, Prof. Shuibing Chen, Prof. John E. Wagner, Mrs. Kim Petrella, Dr. Edward Guindi, Dr. Mazaiah Yaacob, Dr. Mohammed Moulay, Mr. Oliver Papavlassopoulos, Dr. Sean Ng, Dr. Chiara Cugno, Dr. Siti Aminah, Mr. Thomas Moss, Prof. Dr. Tim Schulz, Dr. Luis Saraiva, Mrs. Renata Mihályová, Dr. Srinivasan Periathiruvadi and Dr. Ahmed Foul.
For the first time in the UAE, patients will have the opportunity to share their success stories of stem cell therapy, including the story of Mahra, a UAE national and survivor of Thalassemia, and the world’s first cord blood patient, Matthew Farrow.
Stem cell therapy is the present and future of medicine and holds the “Hope That Brings Life” to many patients in need. The Dubai Stem Cell Congress 2023 is a landmark event that will bring together leading experts, patients, and members of the academic community to share their experiences and knowledge about stem cell therapy and its advancements.
To learn more about the Dubai Stem Cell Congress 2023 and to make a reservation, visit the https://dubaistemcellcongress.com/ website, email email@example.com, or call +1 305 560 5337.
About Hortman Stem Cell Laboratory
Mr. Darius Curta Managing Director of Hortman Healthcare Investment – Hortman Stem Cell Laboratory is the first state-of-the-art laboratory within the field of Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine, focused on providing top-notch cord blood banking solutions. Additionally, our institution will be facilitating the first ever clinical trials in stem cell research in UAE. Hortman Stem Cell Laboratory, located at Golden Mile, Palm Jumeirah, consists of GMP Laboratories & ISO Clean Rooms for stem cell isolation, culture & expansion. Such a facility enables us to provide a solid foundation for successfully establishing an awareness and understanding of stem cells within the Middle Eastern Region. Hortman is leading that charge at the forefront of the research community.
The International Society for Stem Cell Application (ISSCA) is a multidisciplinary community of scientists and physicians who aspire to treat diseases and lessen human suffering through advances in science, technology, and the practice of regenerative medicine. ISSCA serves its members through advancements made in the specialty of regenerative medicine.
The mission of the International Stem Cell Certification Agency (ISSCA) is to establish itself as a global leader in regenerative medicine certification, education, research, and training.
ISSCA provides certification training in cities worldwide because it recognizes the importance of standards and certifications in regenerative medicine as a medical specialty. To help more people, both locally and globally, as the demand for more doctors interested in and comfortable with regenerative medicine surges. ISSCA’s mission is to advance quality and uniformity in regenerative medicine worldwide.
About Global Stem Cells Group:
The Global Stem Cell Group is a family of several companies focused on stem cell medicine and research. The company uses its network to bring leadership in regenerative medicine training, research, and patient applications.
GSCG’s mission is to allow physicians to present the benefits of stem cell medicine to patients worldwide. The company also partners with policymakers, educators, and regulators to promote regenerative medicine.
Global Stem Cells Group is a publicly traded company operating under the symbol MSSV. https://finance.yahoo.com/quote/mssv/
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The human brain, as it turns out, is far more malleable than we once thought. Even adult brains. But they are subject to age-related diseases and disorders, such as dementia and diminished cognitive function.
There is hope that medical science may be able to replace brain cells and restore memory in aging patients thanks to new discoveries in neural stem cell techniques. Researchers at the Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine recently published new findings in the journal Stem Cells Translational Medicine that suggests a new technique for preparing donor neural stem cells and grafting them into an aged brain can regenerate tissue that has succumbed to structural, chemical, and functional changes, as well as a host of neurocognitive changes that can be attributed to aging.
The study, titled “Grafted Subventricular Zone Neural Stem Cells Display Robust Engraftment and Similar Differentiation Properties and Form New Neurogenic Niches in the Young and Aged Hippocampus,” was led by Ashok K. Shetty, Ph.D., a professor in the Department of Molecular and Cellular Medicine. associate director of the Institute for Regenerative Medicine, and research career scientist at the Central Texas Veterans Health Care System.
Shetty and his team at Texas A&M focus on the aged hippocampus, which plays an important role in making new memories and connecting them to emotions. They took healthy donor neural stem cells and implanted them into the hippocampus of an animal model, essentially enabling them to regenerate tissue.
The hippocampus in the aging brain
“We chose the hippocampus because it’s so important in learning, memory and mood function,” Shetty said. “We’re interested in understanding aging in the brain, especially in the hippocampus, which seems particularly vulnerable to age-related changes.”
The volume of this part of the brain seems to decrease during the aging process, and this decrease may be related to age-related decline in neurogenesis (production of new neurons) and the memory deficits some people experience as they grow older.
The aged hippocampus also exhibits signs of age-related degenerative changes in the brain, such chronic low-grade inflammation and increased reactive oxygen species.
Bharathi Hattiangady, assistant professor at the Texas A&M College of Medicine and co-first author of the study said his team was excited to discover that the aged hippocampus can accept grafted neural stem cells as well as the young hippocampus does, a discovery that has significant implications for treating age-related neurodegenerative disorders.
“It’s interesting that even neural stem cell niches can be formed in the aged hippocampus,” Hattiangady says.
Shetty’s previous research focused on the benefits of resveratrol (an antioxidant that is famously found in red wine and the skin of red grapes, as well as in peanuts and some berries) to the hippocampus. Although the results indicated important benefits for preventing memory loss in aging brains, his newest work demonstrates a way to affect the function of the hippocampus more directly.
Neural stem cell grafting
In this new study, the team found that the neural stem cells engrafted well onto the hippocampus in the young animal models (which was expected) as well as the older ones that would be, in human terms, about 70 years old. Not only did these implanted cells survive, they divided several times to make new cells.
“They had at least three divisions after transplantation,” Shetty said. “So the total yield of graft-derived neurons and glia (a type of brain cell that supports neurons) were much higher than the number of implanted cells, and we found that in both the young and aged hippocampus, without much difference between the two.”
In both old and young brains, a small percentage of the grafted cells retained their stemness feature—an essential characteristic of a stem cell that distinguishes it from ordinary cells—and continuously produced new neurons. This is called creating a new ‘niche’ of neural stem cells, and these niches seemed to be functioning well. They were still producing new neurons at least three months after implantation, and these neurons are capable of migrating to different parts of the brain.
Past efforts to rejuvenate brains using fetal neurons in this way weren’t nearly as successful. Immature cells, such as neural stem cells, seem to do a better job because they can tolerate the hypoxia (lack of oxygen) and trauma of the brain grafting procedure better than post-mitotic or relatively mature neurons. When researchers tried in the past to implant these partially differentiated cells into the aged hippocampus, they didn’t do nearly as well. The research team used a new technique of preparing the donor neural stem cells, which Shetty says is why this result has never been seen before.
The researchers used donor cells from the sub-ventricular zone of the brain, an area called the “brain marrow,” because it is analogous to bone marrow in that it holds a number of neural stem cells that persist throughout life. These neural stem cells continuously produce new neurons that migrate to the olfactory system. They also respond to injury signals in conditions such as stroke and traumatic brain injury and replace some of the lost cerebral cortical neurons.
Induced pluripotent cells from skin
Even a small stem cell sample is good enough to expand in culture, so the procedure isn’t terribly invasive. However, in the future, a single skin cell might suffice, as similar neural stem cells can be obtained in large numbers from skin. In fact, it is well known in medical science that a number of cells in the body—including skin cells—can be modified in such a way to create induced pluripotent stem cells.
With these cells, scientists can do any number of things, such as making neural stem cells that will make both more of themselves, and make new neurons. It’s not necessary to get the cells from the brain, just take a skin biopsy and push them into neural stem cells, according to Shetty.
Although the way the grafted cells thrived is promising, there is still a good deal of work to be done to determine if the extra grey matter actually improves cognition.
“Next, we want to test what impact, if any, the implanted cells have on behavior and determine if implanting neural stem cells can actually reverse age-related learning and memory deficits,” Shetty said. “That’s an area that we’d like to study in the future.
“I’m always interested in ways to rejuvenate the aged brain to promote successful aging, which we see when elderly persons exhibit normal cognitive function and the ability to make memories.”