ONTARIO INSTITUTE FOR REGENERATIVE MEDICINE: STEM CELLS INKED EPISODE 3
Premature babies are at risk of developing a serious lung condition, termed bronchopulmonary dysplasia (BPD). But, the consequences of BPD aren’t limited to lung development and function. The effects of lowered oxygen on the developing brain can be devastating, and can result in learning disabilities, difficulty walking, hearing and vision problems.
At the Ottawa Hospital, Marissa Lithopoulos and her advisor, Bernard Thébaud, have used stem cells derived from umbilical cords to successfully treat the lungs of developing rats. Promising developments in their research have prompted future studies in the brain. They theorize that giving the lungs a boost may also protect the developing brain.
Just one example of the fascinating work young Canadian researchers are doing with stem cells.
This is the third video in the Stem Cells Inked series. To see a more detailed write up of this project and my involvement in this exciting collaboration, take a look at the case studies.