Stem Cell as Tool for Drug Development

A special issue of Pharmaceuticals (ISSN 1424-8247). This special issue belongs to the section "Biopharmaceuticals".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (29 February 2024) | Viewed by 195

Special Issue Editors

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French National Institute of Health and Medical Research, Inserm, France
Interests: neurodegenerative disorders; regenerative medicine; personalized medicine; disease modeling

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1. Laboratory of Neurobiology, VIB-KU Leuven Center for Brain & Disease Research, Leuven, Belgium
2. Department of Neurology, University Hospitals Leuven, Leuven, Belgium
Interests: neuroimmunoloy; glial cell biology; neurodegenerative disorders; neuroimaging

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The key changes for drug discovery are the lack of adequate model systems and compound-screening tools. With recent advances in the culturing and differentiation of induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs), it is now possible to study human disease-specific cell types to identify disease mechanisms and to develop large-scale screens for drug discovery. Specifically, the applications of using human-derived stem cells in drug discovery include the following: (1) it enables us to build up disease modeling from patients themselves; (2) it provides the basis for performing large-scale screens to find new drug targets; (3) the sophisticated 3D culture and organ-on-chip based on human iPSCs enable personalized diagnosis and drug testing. These advancements hold promise for the development of effective treatments that can diagnose disease onset early on, slow down disease progression, improve clinical symptoms, and ultimately provide hope for patients. One of the key challenges in developing effective drugs for neurodegenerative disorders is the lack of appropriate cellular models that accurately recapitulate the complexity of the human brain. This is where stem cells come into play. The use of stem cells in drug therapy for neurodegenerative disorders is important because it enables disease modeling, accelerates drug discovery, allows for personalized medicine approaches, provides insights into disease mechanisms, offers potential transplantation therapies, and ensures the safety of drug candidates. These advancements hold promise for the development of effective treatments that can slow disease progression, improve patient outcomes, and ultimately provide hope for individuals affected by neurodegenerative disorders.

Dr. Wenting Guo
Dr. Pegah Masrori
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  • stem cells
  • drug discovery
  • modeling
  • screens
  • personalized medicine

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