Michael S. Okun, M.D. is internationally celebrated as both a neurologist and a leading researcher. He has often been referred to as, “the voice of the Parkinson’s disease patient.” He was honored at the White House in 2015 as a Champion of Change for Parkinson’s disease. He has an international following on the National Parkinson Foundation’s Ask the Doctor web-forum and he is a Professor of Neurology at the University of Florida Health Center for Movement Disorders and Neurorestoration. His many books and internet blog posts are brimming with up-to date and extremely practical information. This book is the sequel to his runaway bestseller, Parkinson’s Treatment: 10 Secrets to a Happier Life, which was translated into over 20 languages. Dr. Okun is well known for infusing his readers with positivity and optimism. In his latest book he reveals the breakthroughs in Parkinson’s disease that will pave the road to meaningful progress. In this book he reviews all of the recent breakthrough ideas and therapies in Parkinson’s disease, and he reviews the knowledge gained which is extending far beyond a single drug or stem cell. He paints the broader and more exciting picture and reviews the portfolio of breakthroughs spanning drug, cell, vaccine, device, genetics, care, and behavior. He believes that patients and families with personal investments in Parkinson’s disease should be informed and updated about all of these potential breakthrough therapies. This book informs, educates, and will inspire Parkinson’s disease patients, family members, as well as health care professionals and scientists. As Dr. Okun points out, we will journey toward better treatments — and one day a cure.
First published in 1997, Principles of Tissue Engineering is the widely recognized definitive resource in the field. The third edition provides a much needed update of the rapid progress that has been achieved in the field, combining the prerequisites for a general understanding of tissue growth and development, the tools and theoretical information needed to design tissues and organs, as well as a presentation by the world’s experts of what is currently known about each specific organ system.
This edition includes greatly expanded focus on stem cells, including adult and embryonic stem cells and progenitor populations that may soon lead to new tissue engineering therapies for heart disease, diabetes, and a wide variety of other diseases that afflict humanity. This up-to-date coverage of stem cell biology and other emerging technologies is complemented by a series of new chapters on recent clinical experience in applying tissue engineering. The result is a comprehensive textbook that we believe will be useful to students and experts alike.
New to this edition:
*Includes new chapters on biomaterial-protein interactions, nanocomposite and three-dimensional scaffolds, skin substitutes, spinal cord, vision enhancement, and heart valves
*Expanded coverage of adult and embryonic stem cells of the cardiovascular, hematopoietic, musculoskeletal, nervous, and other organ systems