Cell Symposia: Using Stem Cells to Model and Treat Human Disease

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Sally Temple, Neural Stem Cell Institute, Rensselaer, USA

Sally TempleSally Temple, PhD, is the Co-Founder and Scientific Director of the Neural Stem Cell Institute located in Rensselaer, NY, USA. Dr. Temple’s group is focused on studying nervous system stem cells, determining how they contribute to development and maintenance of the central nervous system (CNS), and using this knowledge to develop therapies for CNS repair.

In 1989, Dr. Temple discovered that the embryonic mammalian brain contained a rare, multipotent stem cell that could be extracted and grown in tissue culture to produce both neurons and glia. Her group has continued to make pioneering contributions to the field of neural stem cell (NSC) research, identifying cell-intrinsic factors and external signaling molecules from the niche that regulate NSC self-renewal and differentiation. Recently, she helped identify a novel, accessible adult human CNS stem cell in the retinal pigment epithelium, which offers the possibility of developing therapeutics for retinal disease.

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