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Stem cells therapies represent a new field of biomedical science which could provide in the future the cure for diseases until now incurable. The Gastroenterology lectures are designed to enhance the current knowledge of healthcare professionals and provide reviews of key biological properties of stem cells with focus on hepatic gastrointestinal stem cells and their current clinical applications. Potential stem cells therapies have been suggested from animal model trials in acute liver failure, inherited metabolic liver disease and endstage liver disease (cirrhosis). Hematopoietic autologous stem cells transplantation has already been successfully performed in patients with severe inflammatory bowel disease or patients with refractory celiac disease. Future stem cells therapies for gastrointestinal postoperative or Crohn's disease fistulas are currently under investigation. Research for perfecting stem cells harvesting protocols from different sources, in vitro expansion and differentiation protocols which can be used in phase II and III clinical trials is described.

Lectures include topics in endocrinology and kidney diseases. A major challenge in Regenerative Medicine, in particular the field of organ regeneration, is improvement of current therapies coupled with discoveries of new approaches to treat patients suffering from diabetes which together with hypertension represent major causes of Chronic kidney disease CKD and initiation of dialysis in the United States. Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is a prevalent condition (8 to 16%) associated with all-cause and cardiovascular mortality . CKD can progress towards end-stage renal disease (ESRD), requiring renal replacement therapy and it has a tremendous impact on quality of life and life expectancy of affected individuals. Therefore, it is imperative to develop therapeutic interventions to prevent, alleviate, or decelerate progression of diabetes and renal failure. Current treatment modalities often fail to target the major underlying contributors for progression of renal disease. Importantly, the kidney possesses intrinsic regenerative capacity that allows the organ to recover after limited insults. Unfortunately, this regenerative potential is limited under chronic conditions. Treatment strategies that boost cellular regeneration might therefore offer good alternatives for patients to produce the desired cell types expanding the treatment options for patients with aggressive diseases such as diabetes and Chronic kidney disease.

What's Included

Maharaj - Adult Stem Cells - Current Clinical Treatments

The purpose of this unit is to provide an introduction to Adult Stem Cells and their importance in Treatment.

Cooper - Applications of Stem Cells for Metabolic Diseases

The purpose of this unit is to identify metabolic diseases amenable to stem cell therapy and stem cell options for treatment. This unit will define regeneration vs repair and state of the field. Clinical trials will be discussed.

Lee - Mesenchymal Stem Cells and Type 1 Diabetes

This unit provides an overview of current therapies and the possibility of stem cells.

Estrada - Hyperbaric Oxygen Tx and Auto BMSCTransplant in the Tx of Diabetes Mellitus Type 2

This unit will cover the impact of Diabetes. This unit explains Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy and its effects on Stem Cells; also, its Potential for Treatment.

Porada - Intestinal Stem Cells and Intestinal Repair

The purpose of this unit is to understand intestinal anatomy and intestinal stem cells. Intestinal pathology and treatment will be discussed.

Porada - Liver Stem Cells and Stem Cell Therapies

The purpose of this uni is to understand stem cells and progenitor cells. This unit will also cover liver stem cells and liver regeneration.

Porada - Pancreatic Stem Cells

The purpose of this unit is to understand the Exocrine and Endocrine Pancreas. Pancreatic Stem Cells are discussed along with Diabetes and Therapy.

Quyyumi - The Biology of Endothelial Progenitor Cells

This unit discusses what endothelial cells are. Th unit will cover the function of EPCs, identification of EPCs and EPCs and cardiovascular diseases

Bickford - Stem Cell Augmentation with Nutraceuticals

This unit covers aging and disease. The nutritional approach to stem cells is explained. 

Porada - Current Status of Stem Cell Therapies in GI Diseases

The unit will discuss the stem cell definition and the ideal Stem Cell. This unit will cover the sources of Stem Cells for Therapy, Cell Therapy for GI System, and Cell Therapy for Hepatic Disease. This unit uncovers what is still needed to accomplish goals.

Porada - Stem Cell Therapy in Liver Disease

This unit cover liver regeneration and liver treatment with stem cells.

Maharaj - Current and Future Perspectives of Stem Cells for Renal Repair

This unit discusses Renal Pathology and Treatment. It explains current investigatory Treatments and Stem Cells for Renal Repair!

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$1,200.00 (tax incl.)

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