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A pop-up repair shop for damaged neurons

Collaborative research holds promise for harnessing the nervous system’s own repair programs.

Sheng Ding applies stem cell method to recreate cells lost in spinal cord injuries

Sheng Ding, PhD, is a stem cell scientist who uses novel small molecules to control and reprogram stem cell activities in various tissue types. Applying his groundbreaking techniques, he has previously succeeded in transforming skin cells into functional brain, heart, liver, and insulin-producing pancreas cells.

Kroetz leads new study of genetics of cancer drugs’ dose-limiting side effects

Taxanes are a class of drugs widely used to treat a variety of cancers, including breast, ovarian, lung, gastric, and head and neck. But dosages are often limited by toxic side effects—most commonly damage to the body’s peripheral nerves, causing numbness, pain, and/or hyper-sensitivity—that can require reduced or suspended treatment and which can linger for years in disease survivors.