As a leading force in stem cell research, San Francisco’s Gladstone Institute knows that stem cells are not what they used to be, literally. Stem cells have the remarkable potential to develop into many different cell types in the body during early life and growth. In many tissues, they serve as a sort of internal repair system, dividing essentially without limit to replenish other cells as long as the person or animal is still alive. In this presentation, Gladstone Investigator Dr. Bruce Conklin explains the surprising past, present, and future of stem cells."
Bruce R. Conklin, M.D. is Senior Investigator at the Gladstone Institute of Cardiovascular Disease.
Dr. Conklin's research focuses on using human induced pluripotent stem cells (iPS) as a model system to understand how biological signals orchestrate the development of complex tissues and then modulate essential functions, such as heart contraction.
Dr. Bruce Conklin, Senior Investigator at the Gladstone Institute of Cardiovascular Disease, discusses the potential applications of stem cells in personalized medicine. By introducing a set of genes called the "Yamanaka factors," a simple skin sample can be transformed into something as complex as functioning heart tissue -- which could potentially be used to completely personalize medical testing.