3/9/2009 - In light of President Obama's lift of the ban on funding for stem cell research, Patient Power is featuring this program that highlights the benefits of stem cells.
Stem cells are most often recognized for being a controversial topic. But what are stem cells? Is there really a cause for controversy? Can they help you or cure your disease or condition? In this Patient Power program, Dr. Chuck Murry from the University of Washington joins host Andrew Schorr to discuss the important research being done with stem cells and what it means to you. Dr. Murry is Professor of Pathology and Director of the Center for Cardiovascular and Co-Director of the Institute for Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine at University of Washington Medical Center.
Dr. Murry begins with an explanation of stem cells, both embryonic stem cells and adult stem cells, including why they are controversial. Dr. Murry helps us to understand how stem cells work and how these stem cells are being used to grow heart muscle. Advances like this can be used to treat and repair heart damage from heart attacks. Dr. Murry goes into detail about the research in his lab and how this progress can change the way we treat heart disease, among other conditions.
Also discussed is federal funding as related to stem cell research and the regulations President Bush outlined in 2001 regarding embryonic stem cells. Dr. Murry talks about where funding comes from and how different states approach stem cell research.
The future of stem cells and research is ever-evolving. To quote Dr. Murry “I think that if we take our time and do this right that stem cells really offer the opportunity to rebuild damaged tissues from their component parts, and that could have an impact on medicine that would really address the root causes of many chronic diseases. And we may see down the road something that is as revolutionary as antibiotics were when they were introduced in the 40s and 50s.”
Chuck Murry, M.D., Ph.D.
Associate Director of the UW Institute for Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine, UW MedicineDr. Murry works at the University of Washington Medical Center as Professor of Pathology, Director of the Center for Cardiovascular and Co-Director of the Institute for Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine. He received his M.D. and Ph.D. from Duke University and completed residency training at the University of Washington. more >