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Toward Personalized Cell Therapies by Using Stem Cells 2013

Call for Papers

Because there are many patients waiting for curative therapy for intractable diseases such as renal failure and liver cirrhosis, we foresee a heavy demand on the technology offered by regenerative medicine. In current transplantation medicine such as renal transplantation, many patients still have chronic rejection or side effects of nonspecific immunosuppression. Recent advances in stem cell research have raised the possibility of personalized cell therapies for treating human diseases. In particular, Yamanaka’s group in Japan gave new hope to scientists, patients, and the public when they developed induced murine pluripotent stem (iPS) cells in 2006 and human iPS cells in 2007. Thus, stem cell therapy using iPS or mesenchymal stem cells could open new therapeutic options.

We invite researchers to contribute original research articles as well as review articles, which will stimulate the future investigations toward personalized cell therapy using stem cells. Potential topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Development of new technologies for generating iPS cells
  • Disease-specific induced pluripotent stem cells
  • Differentiation of iPS cells or other stem cells to organs or tissue cells
  • Transplantation of stem cells to disease model animal
  • Treatment of disease by pluripotent stem cells

Before submission authors should carefully read over the journal’s Author Guidelines, which are located at http://www.hindawi.com/journals/bmri/guidelines/. Prospective authors should submit an electronic copy of their complete manuscript through the journal Manuscript Tracking System at http://mts.hindawi.com/submit/journals/bmri/biotechnology/tpct13/ according to the following timetable:

Manuscript DueFriday, 14 June 2013
First Round of ReviewsFriday, 6 September 2013
Publication DateFriday, 1 November 2013

Lead Guest Editor

  • Ken-ichi Isobe, Department of Immunology, Nagoya University School of Medicine, Nagoya 464-8550, Japan

Guest Editors

  • Herman S. Cheung, University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL 33124, USA
  • Ji Wu, School of Life Sciences and Biotechnology, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Shanghai, China