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Innovating Cell Pharmacy with stem cells
- donderdag 20 oktober 2022
Niels Bohrweg 2
2333 CA Leiden
- De Sitter zaal
Let op: deze lezing zal in het Engels zijn
Will we be curing neurodegenerate diseases with stem cells in the future? A promising new area of drug innovation uses so-called pluripotent stem cells. These stem cells make it possible to grow personalised tissue grafts, creating remedies for diseases like Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and ALS.
In this lecture Professor of Stem Cells, Developmental Biology, and Technology for Innovative Drug Research Micha Drukker will explain how this new field of Cell Pharmacy can tell us more about our own development, our inborne and adult diseases and how we can grow replacement tissues in the lab.
Induced stem cells
Drukker and his team investigate induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells. They study how the flow of genetic information and the architecture of the nucleus determine the proliferation and differentiation. On the application side, they develop methods to produce personalised lab grown tissue grafts. A special focus of his group is motor neurons, mechanisms of neurodegeneration, and development of stem cell drugs to treat neurodegeneration.
About Micha Drukker
Prof. Micha Drukker is an expert in stem cell research for clinical applications. He gained his Ph.D at the Hebrew University before becoming a postdoctoral scholar at Stanford University Medical School in the lab of Prof. Irving Weissman. He received tenure as a group leader and head of the induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cell core facility at the Helmholtz Center in Munich in 2012 and 2018. Drukker became a full professor in Leiden University within the Leiden Academic Center for Drug Research (LACDR) in 2020.
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