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Stem Cells: Their Role in the Treatment of Arthritis

Cliff Colwell, MD

For years, hip and knee replacement has been the procedure of choice to repair sick joints. Now, it is hoped, embryonic stem cells — derived chondroprogenitor cells — will be used to repair osteochondral deficiencies. Osteochondroprogenitor cells are progenitor cells that arise from mesenchymal stem cells (MSC) in the bone marrow. They have the ability to differentiate into osteoblasts or chondrocytes depending on the signaling molecules they are exposed to, giving rise to either bone or cartilage respectively. This is the current focus of Dr. Colwell's research and the topic of this lecture.

Instructor: Dr. Cliff Colwell practiced orthopedic medicine for years and now has a research grant from the California Institute of Regenerative Medicine. Colwell is the author of hundreds of research papers, a contributor to 19 books, and a speaker at symposia worldwide. He has received numerous awards for his work. He received his BA from Williams College and his MD from the University of Michigan.

Coordinator: Lyle Kalish

Course Number: OSHR-70158   Credit: 0 units


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08/02/2017 In-class 125113 $0.00  

Day and Time: Wednesday, 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Location: Room 129, UCSD Extension Complex, 9600 N. Torrey Pines Rd., La Jolla