Convergent neurophysiological phenotypes in a Human iPSC Model of Idiopathic Autism

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  • Director, Neural Stem Cell Research Investigator, Program in Neuroscience, Hussman Institute for Autism
    Biography
      Dr. Michael W. Nestor is the Director of Neural Stem Cell Research, an Investigator at The Hussman Institute for Autism and Co-Chair, Neural Stem Cell Working Group, Center for Stem Cell Biology & Regenerative Medicine at the University of Maryland, School of Medicine. Dr. Nestor received his Ph.D. in Neuroscience from The University of Maryland, School of Medicine and completed postdoctoral fellowships at the National Institutes of Health, Rutgers University as an NIH IRACDA Fellow, and at The New York Stem Cell Foundation, where he was also a Staff Scientist. Dr. Nestor is an Early Career Policy Ambassador for The Society for Neuroscience and Volunteer at The University of Maryland, UM Ventures-Department of Technology Transfer. Dr. Nestor is a neurophysiologist with 15 years of experience and a focus on electrophysiology, neural stem cell biology and project management. His laboratory works on assay development with an emphasis on the development of cell based pre-clinical high content drug screens and phenotyping assays involving both 2D and 3D human iPSC-derived neurons from individuals with autism.

    Abstract:

    Pluripotent stem cells can reproduce indefinitely and develop into any cell type in the body.  We are putting pluripotent stem cells to use, for a neuron replacement therapy for Parkinson’s disease, treatment of multiple sclerosis, understanding autism, and rescuing endangered species.


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