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NYSCF Research May Lead to Improvements in Reproductive Technologies
NYSCF Research May Lead to Improvements in Reproductive Technologies

NYSCF's latest paper could have important implications for human reproductive technologies. The scientists showed proof of principle that genome transfer can rescue developmentally incompetent eggs, making them viable for use in reproduction. NYSCF Research Institute scientist Dr. Mitsutoshi Yamada and NYSCF – Robertson Investigator Dr. Dieter Egli used a mouse model to investigate the causes of the decline in developmental potential in aged oocytes.

Through a battery of complementary experiments transferring the genomes of differently aged mouse oocytes post ovulation, the scientists showed that the developmental decline in oocytes is primarily due to abnormal function of cytoplasmic factors, not to deterioration of the genome. This research was published in Stem Cell Reports.


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NYSCF Innovator Named 2017 Sloan Research Fellow
NYSCF Innovator Named 2017 Sloan Research Fellow
NYSCF – Robertson Neuroscience Investigator Dr. Michael Yartsev, of the University of California Berkeley, was named a 2017 Sloan Research Fellow in Neuroscience. The Sloan Research Fellowships recognize the most promising scientific researchers working today with the potential to transform into the next generation of scientific leaders in the US and Canada. 
Fellowships are awarded in eight areas: chemistry, computational & evolutionary molecular biology, computer science, economics, mathematics, neuroscience, ocean sciences, and physics. 


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NYSCF Innovator Receives ISSCR Young Investigator Award
NYSCF Innovator Receives ISSCR Young Investigator Award

NYSCF – Robertson Stem Cell Investigator Dr. Jayaraj Rajagopal, Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School, was named as the 2017 ISSCR Dr. Susan Lim Outstanding Young Investigator Award recipient for his work studying lung stem cells and lung tissue. Dr. Rajagopal's research has provided new insights into cystic fibrosis, asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder (COPD), and lung cancers. The Award recognizes exceptional achievements by an ISSCR member and investigator in the early part of their independent career in stem cell research.

In four of the past five years, NYSCF – Robertson Stem Cell Investigators have been recognized with this prestigious award.

Previous NYSCF recipients of the Dr. Susan Lim Outstanding Young Investigator Award:

  • 2015 Dr. Paul Tesar, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
  • 2014 Dr. Valentina Greco, Yale University
  • 2013 Dr. Marius Wernig, Stanford University

The 2017 ISSCR Award Recipients will be acknowledged and recognized at the ISSCR 2017 Annual Meeting on June 14-17 in Boston, Massachusetts. 


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NYSCF Innovator Discovers Brain Cells Don’t Always Express Parent’s Genes Equally
NYSCF Innovator Discovers Brain Cells Don’t Always Express Parent’s Genes Equally
NYSCF – Robertson Neuroscience Investigator Alumnus Dr. Christopher Gregg and his team at the University of Utah School of Medicine discovered that neurons may favor genes from one parent over the other more than previously thought, which could impact risk for mental disorders. In a paper published in Neuron, the scientists found that, in mice and in monkeys, one parent’s copy of a gene was randomly turned off while the other remained active, and that this occurred most often in the developing brain. These changes effected gene expression in most genes, including those implicated in neuropsychiatric disorders such as autism, schizophrenia, and many others.
This research has potential implications on the understanding of mammalian brain genetics including human brain genetics and our understanding of neuropsychiatric disorder development and risk.


Read the paper in Neuron >>

Read more in Discover Magazine >>

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Dr. Oz Exposes Bogus Stem Cell Treatments
Dr. Oz Exposes Bogus Stem Cell Treatments

NYSCF Chief of Staff David McKeon appeared on the Dr. Oz Show investigation “Exposing Experimental Stem Cell Treatments.” The segment highlighted the dangers of unproven stem cell therapies and questioned the medical practitioners and clinics involved in taking advantage of patients with nowhere else to turn. The investigation went undercover, exposing the exhorbitant charges and outlandish claims made by these unscrupulous practitioners. Dr. Sally Temple, a research scientist and President of the International Society for Stem Cell Research (ISSCR), and Montel Williams, a talk show host and multiple sclerosis patient also participated in the segment.


Watch the Investigation >>

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