Development of Technologies for the Derivation, Propagation and Differentiation of hESC.
To lay the groundwork for developing human embryonic stem cell-based therapies and facilitate the broader use of these cells to identify new drugs that stimulate or repress particular regenerative events in vivo.
|Project Leaders||James Piret, Connie Eaves , Mick Bhatia, Andreas Nagy|
|Project Co-Investigators||Keith Humphries, Terry Thomas, Aly Karsan , Derek Van der Kooy, Peter Lansdorp, Stephen Lye, Marco Marra , Derrick Rancourt, Janet Rossant, Peter Zandstra, Jenny Bryan, Charles Haynes, Ellen Greenblatt, Robert Casper, Cal Green, Michael Kallos|
BC Cancer Agency
Canada's Michael Smith Genome Sciences Centre
Samuel Lunenfeld Research Institute
University of Calgary
University of Toronto
Stem Cell Technologies
The Hospital for Sick Children
Mount Sinai Hospital
Stem Cell Network
This potential has generated
extraordinary excitement in the use of these cells to devise novel cellular
therapies for a variety of clinical conditions. These include many currently
debilitating and costly human diseases (e.g., diabetes and Parkinson’s
disease), as well as irreparable injuries (e.g., spinal cord paralysis). There
are a number of hurdles to overcome, however, between our present state and
therapeutic application. Detailed information is required about how to
propagate human embryonic stem cells while retaining their developmental
capacity and without acquiring adverse DNA
changes. Human embryonic stem cell lines of a clinical grade (i.e., derived
under conditions where the cells do not contact animal products) need to be
derived and studied. Furthermore, reliable methods are needed to differentiate
these cells into clinically useful numbers of specific populations. To address
these needs, we have organized a multidisciplinary team of established
investigators with diverse expertise and with a common interest in embryonic
stem cell biology.
We will look at: (1) the evaluation of new ways to determine the extent to which key properties of human embryonic stem cells are maintained, (2) the application of these new methods to identify critical culture conditions and tissue culture medium components that allow optimization of the output of undifferentiated human embryonic stem cells during their propagation in vitro, (3) the adjustment of these conditions to reduce or eliminate the use of non-human growth substrates and medium components, (4) the derivation of new human embryonic stem cell lines under these improved conditions, and (5) the development of standardized methods and reagents to generate differentiated cells for future clinical applications in blood and vascular regeneration therapies.
Contact InformationFor all project related inquires please contact us.
Cecelia Suragh, Project Manager
Genome Sciences Centre, BC Cancer Agency
Phone: 604-707-5900 x 5427