Good News for Medicine, Economy, Aurora!
July 23, 2010
This morning CPC (academic clinical research trials specialists) announced it is joining The Stem Cell Research Center at the CU Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora. This partnership will help bridge academic research with clinical applications in some key areas of concern to most people:
And it has the potential for saving lives and teaching us more about healthy living.
- heart disease
- cardiovascular illnesses
The research at the Stem Cell center has discovered how to work with adult stem cells, "regress" them to embryonic state, "correct", grow and strategically use them in ways to replace one's own damaged cells with one's own cells that are not damaged.
This is by no means the only type of research that is going on, but this research is showing promise for restoring vision in corneal cell translants to some people who have been blind, stopping and shrinking cancerous growths (even where metastasized) by better differentiating be cancerous and non-cancerous stem cells, helping with neural degradation, blocked arteries -- you name it.
Seems real progress often comes in understanding not only the treatment or management of symptoms but understanding disease mechanisms so we can better prevent or at least cure many of those conditions that can be most disabling.
This is also good news for us regionally on the economic development front in that:
- it attracts research grants
- generates intellectual capital and property
- fosters new bio-business development
- employs more scientists and researchers
And it has the potential for saving lives and teaching us more about healthy living. This is good news for jobs, economic development, intellectual pursuits, health care and quality of life for potentially millions of people. While nothing is a "silver bullet" I think it is important to highlight progress where it is happening.
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