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Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Discussion with Stephen Hawking

  • Published: 2016-02-14 : Author: Bioscience Americas, LLC : Contact: +1 888-623-0337
  • Synopsis: Renowned physicist discussed the progress the science team is making to cure Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS).
Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig's disease and Charcot disease, is a specific disorder that involves the death of neurons. The disease belongs to a group of disorders known as motor neuron diseases, which are characterized by the gradual degeneration and death of motor neurons. ALS is characterized by stiff muscles, muscle twitching, and gradually worsening weakness due to muscle wasting. This results in difficulty speaking, swallowing, and eventually breathing.

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"With the rapid progress we are experiencing in the field of stem cell science, we are not far from finding permanent cures for many devastating diseases that are considered incurable."

Bioscience Americas, LLC, the leading international developer of adult stem cell therapy clinics (www.bioscienceamericas.com), is pleased to announce that its science team at the Global Institute of Stem Cell Therapy and Research met recently with acclaimed physicist Stephen Hawking to discuss the Global Institute's progress in the treatment of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS).

Dr. Hawking suffers from a rare early-onset, slow progressing form of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis commonly known as motor neuron disease that has gradually paralyzed him over the decades.

He spent time with the team to learn about recent developments in the field of stem cell, especially as these developments relate to ALS. Deven Patel, the Global Institute's CEO, said that Dr. Hawking "had many questions and was very encouraged with the progress of stem cell science in the field of neurology."

The Global Institute's Chairman and lead scientist Dr. Anand Srivastava added, "With the rapid progress we are experiencing in the field of stem cell science, we are not far from finding permanent cures for many devastating diseases that are considered incurable." Dr. Srivastava concluded by saying that his science team has made great progress in treating ALS and welcomed Dr. Hawking's interest.

This assessment was shared by Bioscience Americas' CEO Eric Stoffers who welcomed the news regarding Dr. Hawking. "Our research team at the Global Institute is considered to be the best collaboration of stem cell scientists in the world. We are pleased that Dr. Hawking shares our view."

Bioscience Americas has partnered with the Global Institute to develop autologous stem cell treatment facilities throughout the world. Initial efforts are focused on the Western Hemisphere, including South America.

The Global Institute of Stem Cell Therapy and Research is the world's leading consortium of stem cell scientists and researchers. Based at the University of California Medical Center Campus in San Diego, they maintain affiliations with other universities and research groups including Harvard University, the Salk Institute for Biological Studies and the Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute.

Dr. Hawking is an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, a lifetime member of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences, and is a recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian award in the United States. Dr. Hawking was the Lucasian Professor of Mathematics at the University of Cambridge between 1979 and 2009.

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