Stem Cell Medicine: Regenerating the Future

This course will focus on emerging stem cell based technologies. Studies show that stem cells could provide promising avenues for a wide variety of conditions including cancers, orthopedic aging and injuries, cardiovascular conditions, neurological diseases, and infertility. In lay terms, we will cover background knowledge of different types of stem cells (embryonic, adult, and induced pleuripotent stem cells), their cellular and molecular properties, and sources from where they are derived. We provide an overview of recent research work involving the different types of stem cells and reflect on their pros and cons both in terms of scientific feasibility and ethical considerations. Moreover, we will discuss FDA-approved stem cell therapies and current clinical trials, FDA lawsuits against for-profit stem cell clinics, as well as clinical practices in different countries.

The format of the course will involve alternating short informational PowerPoint presentations and follow-up discussions. Each week, brief reading assignments consisting of select popular news and scientific review articles will be provided as additional learning materials and discussion topics.


Group Leader: AMY TSURUMI
Meets on: Thursdays 10:00 am to noon
Starting: 10/8/2020
Sessions: 6
Class Size: 24
Teaching Style: Lecture and discussion
Weekly Preparation: None
Group Leader Biography:

Amy Tsurumi is an Instructor at Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School. She received her Ph.D. in genetics at the University of Rochester School of Medicine & Dentistry and a masters in epidemiology at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. She has coauthored scientific articles on development, cancer, aging, infections, and trauma.