Te University o Kansas Medi-cal Center campus may soon behome to a centralized adult stemcell research acility. Senate Bill199, which proposes the creationo the Midwest Stem Cell Terapy Center at KUMC, was passed by the Kansas State Senate last Turs-day, said Mary Pilcher-Cook, aKansas senator rom Shawnee andthe lead sponsor or the bill.“In our country, we have stemcell tourism where people willtravel abroad to get treatmentswith stem cells because they’re sodesperate or help,” Pilcher-Cook said. “Te Midwest Stem CellTerapy Center would be the frstin the nation and even internation-ally to expedite research that’s hap-pening in the lab with adult stemcells showing a measuring to get tothe patient.”Pilcher-Cook said the acility would prohibit embryonic stemcell research and instead ocus onadult stem cell research, which shesaid has been the most successuland peer-reviewed research.“Te center will acilitate treat-ment and research with adult stemcells, the only type o stem cellthat has shown promise or organrepair in patients thus ar,” saidBuddhadeb Dawn, director o theCardiovascular Research Instituteat KUMC, in his testimony beorethe Senate Committee on SenatePublic Health and Welare. As aprincipal investigation o heartrepair using adult stem cells, theacility will allow experimentaltherapies to be more easily trans-lated to patients, Dawn said.Adult stem cells have been mostwidely researched because they are cheaper, easier to obtain, andless controversial than embryonicstem cells said Banupriya Srid-haran, a bioengineering graduatestudent rom Chennai, India whoresearches stem cells at the Uni- versity.“Te most widely discussedcontroversy is the source o stemcells,” Sridharan said.Adult stem cells can be extract-ed rom liposuction at, donatedorgans, and most commonly am-putated limbs. Embryonic stemcells are obtained rom ertilizedhuman embryos, which some con-sider to be killing human lie, Srid-haran said.“Scientifc research at the Uni- versity o Kansas Medical Centerincludes human adult stem cellresearch as well as human embry-onic stem cell research using celllines approved by the administra-tion o President George W. Bush,”said CJ Janovy, spokesperson orKUMC. KUMC currently houses23 laboratories where therapiestreating conditions such as can-cer, spinal cord injuries, and sicklecell anemia are being developed,Janovy said.Te estimated cost o the acil-ity would total $10.7 million overa ten year period, said Douglas A.Girod, executive vice chancellor o KUMC, in his testimony support-ing S.B. 199.“Tese are not unds we cur-rently have or this program atthe medical center,” Girod said.“Funding through the appropria-tions process o the state or devel-opment work in the private sectorwould be needed.”
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Bill proposes adult stem cell research at University
The U.S. National Institutes of Health currently lists more than 2600 studies involving adult stem cells are either completed or ongoing.
Stanord M.D./Ph.D. student David Purger, changes the media o retinal ganglioncells rom a rat in the Monje Lab at Stanord University’s Lorry I. Lokey Stem CellResearch Building in Palo Alto, Cali., on Friday, August 31, 2012. Kansas MedCenter may be home to a Midwest Stem Cell Therapy Center.
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Violence is an issue we hearabout nearly everyday in thenews both locally and globally.Students will have an opportu-nity to learn more about waysto make a dierence during anupcoming guest lecture. Jackson Katz will be oncampus to present “More Thana Few Good Men: A Conversa-tion about Manhood, Violenceand Doing the Right Thing”at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 7,in Woodru Auditorium at theKansas Union.Katz is the co-ounder o theMentors in Violence Preven-tion program at NortheasternUniversity. He has authorednumerous articles and booksas well as a ew educationalvideos, all o which relate toproblems aced by young adultsin society today.The event is being sponsoredby the Emily Taylor Center orWomen and Gender Equity andshould oer some valuable in-sight into the topic o violencein relation to cultural genderroles.A book signing is scheduledto ollow the event, which isree and open to the public.
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