Dr. Jeremy Mao to present research findings on dental stem cells

Nov. 24, 2008
Columbia University professor will discuss the medical, health-care, and business implications of preserving patients' dental stem cells during Greater New York Dental Meeting.

WHAT: More than 55,000 health-care professionals are expected to gather at the Greater New York Dental Meeting where Dr. Jeremy Mao, DDS, PhD, will discuss the medical applications of dental stem cells and how dentists can incorporate this discovery into their practices.

Dentists are now in the position to help patients preserve their stem cells. Instead of discarding a patient's tooth during a routine medical procedure, a new technology allows dentists to preserve these teeth so patients can bank their stem cells.

Dr. Mao, one of the leading stem cell researchers in the world, and scientific advisor to StemSave, will discuss his latest scientific findings and why dentists should expand their practice to incorporate the recovery and cryo-preservation of dental stem cells on behalf of their patients.

WHY: Recovering and cryo-preserving dental stem cells gives people the opportunity to benefit from future regenerative services and medical technology. In addition, it gives dentists the opportunity to expand their practice while providing a potentially life-saving service to patients.

Many dental professionals are simply unaware that powerful stem cells exist within dental pulp. It is only in the past decade that researchers at the National Institutes of Health discovered stem cells within teeth have the ability to grow into a wide range of cells and tissues.

This discovery has opened the door to tremendous medical applications, as these stem cells could be used to treat many of today's most difficult diseases including Parkinson's disease, cancer, Alzheimer's, spinal cord injury and arthritis to diabetes, infertility, osteoporosis, and brain trauma.

WHO: Dr. Jeremy J. Mao, DDS, PhD is an oral surgeon and a scientific advisor to StemSave He is also the Director of the Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine Laboratory (TERML) at Columbia University, as well as a Professor of Dental Medicine and Biomedical Engineering at the University. Dr. Mao has published more than 300 scientific papers, book chapters, conference proceedings and other articles in the areas of tissue engineering, stem cells and regenerative medicine. He also serves on the editorial boards of several scientific journals. Dr. Mao holds numerous patents in the areas of stem cells, tissue engineering and regenerative medicine and is a standing member of the Musculoskeletal Tissue Engineering Study Section of the NIH. In addition to serving as a review panelist for the NIH, Dr. Mao's scientific expertise has also been sought on a regular basis by NSF and the US Army, as well as many other significant grant-review panels in more than 18 countries.

WHEN: Wednesday, December 3, 2008 11:45am

WHERE: Exhibit Floor / Room 2; Greater New York Dental Meeting, Jacob K. Javits Center in New York City

CONTACT: Taryn Langer / Group SJR / (212) 751-3392 / Taryn Langer.

For more information, go to StemSave.

To read more about Dr. Jeremy Mao, go to Dr. Jeremy Mao.

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