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Companion animals: Translational scientist’s new best friends | Science Translational Medicine

Jan 2016 The Translational Scientist article: Navigating the Complexity of Alzheimer’s. Good brain science! https://thetranslationalscientist.com/issues/0116/navigating-alzheimers/

Jan 2016 The Translational Scientist article: "From Astrophysics to Astrocytes A galaxy-mapping statistical model suggests that star-shaped astrocytes are repelled by Alzheimer’s plaques."

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Jan 2016 The Translational Scientist article: "The Overactive Brain Michela Gallagher was studying aging in lab rats when an unusual finding launched her on a translational journey that now sees her poised to initiate a Phase III trial of a drug to delay the onset of Alzheimer’s dementia."

Jan 2016 The Translational Scientist article: "Animal Alternatives Could the lab rat be heading for retirement? A new breed of in vitro tissues and organs are being engineered to replace animal models – and the developers aim to make them accessible to all."

2014 Clinical Translational Scientist Career Achievement recipient Dr. Ralph Clayman. Dean Clayman's focus has been the use of technology to transform surgical procedures to minimally invasive and noninvasive therapies which have proven to be equally effective and a better option for the patient. Dr. Clayman is universally recognized as a world-class physician scientist in urology and beyond. www.icts.uci.edu

Jan 2016 The Translational Scientist article: "Untangling Tau As a neurologist, Bradley Hyman has seen first-hand the impact of Alzheimer’s disease on patients and their families. His lab examines the genetic and neuropathophysiological factors that play a part in the disease, and recently discovered a rare pathological form of the tau protein, which may hold the key to how Alzheimer’s spreads through the brain."

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An Innovator Shapes an Empire

Susan Desmond-Hellman profile

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MassTERi’s mission is to: foster a culture of entrepreneurship at UMass Medical School and facilitate dynamic partnerships with industry, bridge the gap between UMMS discoveries and their development into drugs, products, technologies and companies, educate and nurture the next generation of translational scientists and entrepreneurs, benefit the public good through development and commercialization of new therapies and creation of high-value life science jobs.

Organovo is printing liver cells as well as eye tissue cells in a partnership with the National Eye Institute and National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences. Scientists have also proposed mixing human stem cells with canine muscle cells to create enhanced organ tissue. Printing cartilage is still the most realistic type of bioprinting, and printing whole organs is still many years away, but 3D printing is growing in medicine quite rapidly.