Egenis Seminar with Professor Jon Frampton 'Has the pluripotent stem cell had its day?'
SpeakersProfessor Jon Frampton, Professor of Stem Cell Biology and Director of Research and Knowledge Transfer, College of Medical and Dental Sciences, University of Birmingham
VenueUniversity of Exeter,Egenis,Byrne House,St Germans Road,Exeter, EX4 4PJRoom no: GF7, Byrne House
Time: 3:00 - 4:30 pm
A massive amount of interest and controversy surrounds the derivation and potential use of pluripotent stem cells, that is, cells that are capable of giving rise to any of the cell types that make up our tissues and organs. The relatively recent discovery that pluripotent stem cells can be generated from most adult cell types has created the additional great expectation that they might be used for truly personalized regenerative therapies. Aside from some of the technical challenges that are presently being tackled, the renewed interest in cellular reprogramming, which has a history dating back well over half a century, has illustrated that our detailed knowledge of what defines a particular cellular phenotype might be used directly to design therapeutic strategies for the direct conversion of one cell type into another, avoiding the need to pass through a stem cell intermediate.