stem-cell-researchSeven years ago, California voted to fund stem cell research in the state. After a slow start, those efforts are now beginning to show some preliminary results.

JAndersenDr. Julie Andersen

 Dr. Julie Andersen, of the Buck Institute for Research on Aging in Novato, has been studying Parkinson's Disease, She hopes to use stem cells to duplicate the effects of the disease in the laboratory.

Another hopeful direction for Parkinson's research lies in the potential for using specially developed stem cells to replace diseased cells in a patient's brain. Progress is being made here, too, says Andersen, but some significant hurdles remain.

Stem cell_treatmentsPatient advocate Chris Stiehl adds that this and other stem cell studies are offering new hope for understanding and treating several widespread diseases of the brain, in some cases using cell-level treatments.

A panel of researchers, patient advocates and other stakeholders will present an update on the stem-cell related research being done in California on Saturday, Oct. 29, at Sonoma State University. The seminar will be held in the Cooperage building on campus, from 8:30 am to 1:30 pm. Advance reservations are requested, to (619) 516-2864 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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