stem cell research

Two men in suits sit in wheelchairs
Jenna Flanagan / Innovation Trail

Lawmakers joined advocates for neurological research in Albany yesterday to lobby the legislature to refund a program they say could change the lives of people living with spinal cord injuries.

Heidi Greenbaum’s son Corey was left paralyzed from the chest down after a car accident 6 years ago. She says people with spinal cord injuries aren’t as permanently broken as some may think.

Kate O'Connell

The science community was buzzing this week with news of a breakthrough in stem cell research. Stem cells have the potential to transform into any tissue in the body, and are being explored as treatment options for trauma and degenerative diseases.

When we’re born, our cells are programmed to carry out a specific role. They automatically become muscle cells, skin cells, nerve cells, and that role can’t be changed.

Innovation Trail's Kate O'Connell

A new facility in upstate New York is being touted as the ‘bridge’ from research to stem cell therapies that could potentially cure conditions like cancer, Alzheimer’s, and spinal damage.

Marie Cusick / WMHT

Officials from the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) cut the ribbon today on a brand new Stem Cell Research Center.

It's paid for by a $2.45 million grant from the New York State Stem Cell Science Program (NYSTEM) - a state agency dedicated to funding this kind of research.

Picture of a lab
Ryan Morden / WRVO

Syracuse University's Biomaterials Institute (SBI) used to be something of a drifter.  Spread out across multiple campuses, it was homeless.  Today that gets changed.

The institute's lab opened today at Bowne Hall, one of Syracuse University's oldest buildings.  Researchers in chemistry, biology and engineering will now have a central location, as they look at how biomaterials can help repair organ tissue, facilitate drug delivery, or repair cartilage - and to figure out how to commercialize those breakthroughs.