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Mar 30, 2018 - Dr. McMurtrey's insights on cerebral organoid design and future directions in the field have been published as a chapter in a new book by Elsevier: McMurtrey RJ. “Elements of Organoid Design.” Organoids and Mini-Organs. Ed. Jamie Davies. United Kingdom: Elsevier, 2018.


Jul 26, 2017 - New work provides greater insight into vital mechanisms of diffusion processes in stem cell signaling and tissue development.


Oct 10, 2016 - New multi-compartmental designs of biomaterial scaffolding enable spatial patterning of cellular identity and tissue architecture in stem-cell-derived organoids.


Jan 21, 2016 - Discovery of new mathematical models for diffusion and metabolism dynamics in 3D tissue constructs and stem-cell-derived cerebral organoids, including descriptions of brain development and cortical architecture.


Jan 4, 2016 - By shopping with the Amazon Smile program (which adds no additional costs to your purchases), a small percentage will be donated back to neurological research work!


Jun 24, 2015 - A brief overview of the Institute's successful achievement in forming new 3D neural tissue from human skin cells reprogrammed into stem cells and then converted into neurons and cerebral organoids with "mini-brain" architecture.


Apr 6, 2015 - News summary of recently published advancements in 3D neural tissue engineering designs.


Mar 31, 2015 - In the news: 3D neural structure guided with biocompatible nanofiber scaffolds and hydrogels


Dec 30, 2014 - News summary and video presentation on recently published research work on reconstruction of neural tissue.



Nov 14, 2014 - Research has shown that human stem cell-derived neuron transplants can significantly reduce seizures in mice with epilepsy.


Nov 1, 2014 - We are happy to announce that research work on guiding 3D reconstruction of neural tissue will be published in the Journal of Neural Engineering, a leading scientific journal for new understanding and discoveries relating to neural repair and function.


Oct 31, 2014 - New release of a video presentation demonstrating the Institute's mission and vision.


Oct 20, 2014 - Several informational articles and summaries have been made available under the Education portion of the website.


Oct 16, 2014 - It is now possible to construct 3D models of Alzheimer's disease with human neurons derived from induced stem cells of patients with early-onset Alzheimer's disease.


Oct 1, 2014 - The Institute announces the novel creation of 3-dimensional neural tissue constructs that have embedded micropatterned nanofiber scaffolding for use in guiding neurite outgrowth and formation of neural circuitry. These constructs demonstrated enhanced neurite outgrowth and control of neurite direction along aligned nanofibers through the 3D hydrogel. This work provides a unique and innovative approach for creating neural constructs that can guide neurite outgrowth and neuronal morphology at the micron level in three dimensions, and this important advancement will help in replication and restoration of functional neuroanatomical pathways in the future. See more information on our research in the Education pages of the website.


Sept 26, 2014 - New research suggests that stem cells use cellular vesicles as little "first aid kits" to repair neural tissue damage.


Dec 1, 2013 - Join us at the World Stem Cell Summit on Dec 4-6 in San Diego. This is the largest conference on stem cell research and regenerative medicine, covering the most recent advancements from multiple experts in the field.