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April 19, 2010

 

Stem cells may hold key to treatment of blood diseases

Photo: Dr. Tim Townes, director of the University of Alabama’s Stem Cell Institute
Dr. Tim Townes, director of the University of Alabama’s Stem Cell Institute


Dr. Tim Townes, director of the University of Alabama’s Stem Cell Institute, will discuss research using adult stem cells to find possible new treatments for blood disorders such as sickle cell anemia 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 27, in the University Union Redwood Room.
           
Townes is also the chair of the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics at the UAB Schools of Medicine and Dentistry. He has spent nearly 30 years studying human hemoglobin gene regulation and strategies to correct blood-related diseases. Research such as his could lead to cures for diseases such as diabetes, Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s diseases.
           
The lecture is presented by the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics and the Center for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Excellence. It is one of four on regenerative medicine funded this academic year through a California Institute for Regenerative Medicine grant, a collaboration with the UC Davis Stem Cell program.   
           
The lecture is free and open to the community.


 


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