Dr. Mao Discusses Adult Stem Cells From Teeth at the GNY Meeting

by teresaduncan on November 23, 2008

Columbia University professor Dr Jeremy Mao to present his research findings on dental stem cells & discuss the medical, health care and business implications of preserving patients’ dental stem cells. Dr. Mao is speaking on behalf of StemSave.

At the Greater New York Dental Meeting (GNYDM), Jacob K Javits Center in New York City,  Wednesday, December 3rd @ 11:45am.

WHAT: More than 55,000 health care professionals will gather at the Greater NY Dental Meeting where Dr. Jeremy Mao, DDS, PhD will discuss the medical applications of dental stem cells and how dentists can incorporate this groundbreaking discovery into their practices.

Dentists are now in the unique position of being able to help patients preserve their own stem cells. Instead of discarding a patient’s tooth during a routine medical procedure, a new technology allows dentists to preserve these teeth so patients can bank their stem cells.

Dr. Mao, one of the leading stem cell researchers in the world, will discuss his latest scientific findings and why dentists should expand their practice to incorporate the recovery and cryo-preservation of dental stem cells on behalf of their patients.

WHY: Recovering and cryo-preserving dental stem cells gives people the opportunity to benefit from future regenerative services and medical technology. And it gives dentists the opportunity to expand their practice while providing a potentially life-saving service to their patients.

Many dental professionals are simply unaware that powerful stem cells exist within dental pulp. It is only in the past decade that researchers at the National Institutes of Health discovered stem cells within teeth have the ability to grow into a wide range of cells and tissues. This discovery has opened the door to tremendous medical applications, as these stem cells could be used to treat many of today’s most difficult diseases from Parkinson’s disease, cancer, Alzheimer’s, spinal cord injury and arthritis to diabetes , infertility, osteoporosis and brain trauma.

WHO: Dr. Jeremy J. Mao, DDS, Ph.D is an Oral Surgeon and the Director of the Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine Laboratory (TERML) at Columbia University, as well as a Professor of Dental Medicine and Biomedical Engineering at the University. Dr. Mao has published over 300 scientific papers, book chapters, conference proceedings and other articles in the areas of tissue engineering, stem cells and regenerative medicine. He also serves on the editorial boards of several scientific journals, including Tissue Engineering and the Journal of Biomedical Material Research and has served on the editorial boards of Stem Cells and Development, Medical Engineering and Physics and Frontiers of Bioscience. Dr. Mao holds numerous patents in the areas of stem cells, tissue engineering and regenerative medicine and is a standing member of the Musculoskeletal Tissue Engineering Study Section of the NIH. In addition to serving as a review panelist for the NIH, Dr. Mao’s scientific expertise has also been sought on a regular basis by NSF and the US Army, as well as many other significant grant-review panels in over 18 countries.

Read this New York Times article on the use of adult stem cells

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