International lecture given by Dr Shinya Yamanaka.
Induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) can proliferate almost indefinitely and differentiate into multiple lineages, giving them wide medical application. As a result, they are being used for new cell-based therapies, disease models and drug development around the world. In this talk Dr Yamanaka will discuss the great progress which has been made over the past decade in iPSCs research. Dr Yamanaka will also address the various hurdles to be overcome, as iPSC-based science is certainly moving forward for delivering innovative therapeutic options to the people with intractable diseases.
Professor Shinya Yamanaka is most recognised for his discovery of induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs), which are reprogrammed cells from the differentiated state to the pluripotent state. He is Director of the Center for iPS Cell Research and Application (CiRA), Kyoto University (2008~), and Senior Investigator at the Gladstone Institutes (2007~). Since his breakthrough finding, he has been the recipient of many prestigious awards, including the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (2012).
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