Stanford Offers New Online Course In Stem Cell Therapies For Alzheimer’s, Other Diseases

With recent developments in stem cell research opening up the enormous potential for advancing the field of regenerative medicine, researchers are exploring ways that stem cell therapeutics may prove able to treat and possibly even reverse effects of debilitating diseases such as Alzheimer's, type 1 diabetes and muscular dystrophy. Professionals working in stem cell research can now learn about research and breakthroughs in the field pioneered at Stanford University through a new Stanford professional education course -- Stem Cell Therapeutics -- which is being offered entirely online. The course is designed to advance scientific understanding of cell-based therapies and how they may be developed and delivered. Stem cells provide enormous potential for the field of regenerative medicine due to their ability to become any type of cell -- brain, blood, heart, bones, skin, muscles, etc. -- offering hope for more effective treatments for Alzheimer's and other degenerative diseases or perhaps even reversal of disease processes. The Stanford Institute for Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine maintains that the future of medicine lies in understanding how the body creates itself out of a single cell and the mechanisms by which it renews itself throughout life, and when that goal is achieved, we will be able to replace damaged tissues and help the body regenerate itself, potentially curing or easing the suffering of those afflicted by disorders like Alzheimers, Parkinsons, heart disease, diabetes, spinal cord injury and cancer. Completing this elective course in the Stanford Genetics and Genomics Certificate program will advance a participant's understanding of cell-based therapies and show what is being done today to develop and deliver them. Individuals taking
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