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Students learn about stem cell research

27/May/2011

YOUNG SCIENTISTS AT WORK: Student Lanaisa Henderson, left, looks into a microscope while Brian Szekely, lab manager for the Scadden Lab, center, and Norford, right, look on.

At every moment, millions of cells in the human body die and are replaced. A certain type of cell, a stem cell, replenishes all of the different types of blood cells. Learning these facts and many more, approximately 20 tenth-grade students in the MGH Center for Community Health Improvement's (CCHI) Youth Programs participated in an April 27 afternoon workshop hosted by the Center for Regenerative Medicine (CRM).

"It's hard to find a career that's more exciting than making discoveries to improve human health," says David Scadden, MD, CRM director. "When students visit, staff love showing them that, and I think the students tune in to their enthusiasm. We all hope one of them will come back and be the next discoverer."   

After Scadden welcomed the students and introduced the topic of stem cell research, Jorg Dietrich, MD, PhD, a CRM researcher, gave a detailed presentation, sharing information about brain stem cells and stem cell research techniques. The students then divided into groups to take a firsthand look at the research conducted at the center.

"My favorite part of the visit was when we stepped into one of the labs and looked through the microscopes," says student Kamal Norford.

The workshop with the CRM was organized by Dave Machon, administrative director of the
center, along with CCHI staff. For more information about Youth Programs opportunities, contact
Joan McCarthy, Youth Programs administrator, at 617-724-3210 or jemccarthy@partners.org.  

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