On May 31st we are back with three new and amazing topics. Don’t forget to like our page Seattle Science Slam to stay up to date.
Kalli Trachana, postdoctoral fellow at Institute for System Biology
«And, then they turn right»
Understanding how pluripotent stem cell decide to commit to a certain cell type can accelerate the discovery of patient-specific cell therapies. Recently, a novel tool that can predict such decision points have been published promising to accelerate the production of patient-specific cardiac cells.
Andrew Berry, researcher and designer, pursuing a PhD in Human-Centered Design & Engineering at UW
“Helping Doctors Understand What Matters Most to Individuals with Multiple Chronic Health Conditions”
Two out of three adults over 65 have multiple chronic health conditions, like diabetes, chronic pain, heart disease, and depression. These individuals work hard every day to balance illness management (things like exercising and taking medications) with what they value and enjoy (things like hobbies or spending time with family). But, doctors don't always understand what these individuals value and enjoy. The purpose of our project is to design new ways for individuals with multiple chronic conditions to communicate with their doctors so the care they receive enables them to do what matters most in their lives.
Anneke Kakebeen, PhD Student at University of Washington, Department of Biochemistry
“How do tadpoles regenerate their spinal cord, and why can't humans?”
With 17,000 new cases of spinal cord injury per year, we often ask «how can we fix the injury?» instead of the more compelling question,«why can't we regenerate our spinal cords?». Learning how spinal cord regeneration works in other organisms and why it fails in humans will provide the key to a fully functional therapy.