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Science on Tap: Stem Cells As A Cure for Disease “What do Scientists know?”
July 30 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Speaker: Dr. Liz Fisher, Neural Stem Cell Institute
Date: Tuesday, July 30
Location: Albany Pump Station, 19 Quackenbush Square, Albany, NY
Stem cells hold great promise in treating a wide range of diseases, though the hype is currently outpacing the science. This has unfortunately led to a rise in clinics which exploit loopholes and treat stem cells as a panacea- a new generation of snake oil salesmen. We will go into what treatments are actually approved by the FDA, and where the science is on using stem cells to cure disease.
Dr. Fisher obtained her Ph.D. from the university of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, studying the role of astrocyte glutamate metabolism following stroke. She then boldly made the decision to leave the warmth of south Texas for upstate New York in October 2017. As a post-doctoral fellow at the Neural Stem Cell Institute, Liz continues to study the roles of non-neuronal cells following injury. She is currently investigating how modulating immune cell populations using biodegradable microbeads can influence recovery following spinal cord injury.