Cell-Based Therapy for Degenerative Retinal Disease (Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine)

This book discusses why specific diseases are being targeted for cell-based retinal therapy, what evidence exists that justifies optimism for this approach, and what challenges must be managed in order to bring this technology from the laboratory into routine clinical practice. There are a number of unanswered questions (e.g., surgical approach to cell delivery, management of immune response, optimum cell type to transplant) that very likely are not going to be answered until human trials are undertaken, but there is a certain amount of “de-risking” that can be done with preclinical experimentation. This book is essential reading for scientists, clinicians, and advanced students in stem cell research, cell biology, and ophthalmology.

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Channelopathies in Heart Disease (Cardiac and Vascular Biology)

This book provides an expert overview on ion channel-related arrhythmia mechanisms, and describes important advances in our understanding of how ion channel dysfunction causes cardiac disease. Both, scientific findings and clinical implications are presented and discussed by scientists who have considerably contributed to the field.

The book is organized in three parts: part I  treats the molecular and electrophysiological mechanisms of function and dysfunction of ion channels,  part II focuses on genetics and clinical findings, whereas part III describes novel research techniques, the use of stem cells and animal models and provides an outlook on future investigations and applications.

The book is written for scientists in Cardiovascular Biology and Neuroscience and will be of general interest to Medical Doctors in Cardiology, Cardiac Electrophysiology and related disciplines.

 

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Neural Stem Cells in Health and Disease

This book is a comprehensive guide on neural stem cell behavior in health and disease. It will cover the altered behavior of endogenous neural stem cells in neurodegenerative conditions and the prospects of neural stem cell therapy for alleviating brain dysfunction in a variety of neurodegenerative disorders.First set of chapters will focus on neural stem cell proliferation, neuronal differentiation and maturation of progeny of cells derived from neural stem cells in brain regions, such as the hippocampus and the subventricular zone of the forebrain. Neural stem cell behavior in young and aged brains and functional implications of altered neural stem cell behavior will be discussed as well.The second set of chapters will cover altered behavior of endogenous neural stem cells and their functional implications in disorders, such as temporal lobe epilepsy, cancer, traumatic brain injury, stroke, Alzheimer’s disease, addiction and alcohol use.The third set of chapters will discuss prospects of stem cell therapy for various neurological disorders, which will comprise of their behavior after grafting and functional recovery mediated by them. Additional chapters will discuss how to generate the right neural cell types from induced pluripotent stem cells for screening and cell therapy of central nervous system disorders.

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