The Cell Press-TNQ India Distinguished Lectureship Series

Lectureship Series

Planned as an annual event, the Cell Press – TNQ India Distinguished Lectureship Series are held in three Indian cities each year and are aimed at bringing internationally renowned scientists face to face with the Indian scientific community.

This year, Shinya Yamanaka, the Japanese physician and celebrated adult stem cell researcher, will deliver the Third Edition of The Cell Press-TNQ India Distinguished Lectureship Series in Bengaluru, Chennai, and New Delhi in January-February 2012. His Lecture is titled "New Era of Medicine with iPS Cells".

Professor Yamanaka's scientific breakthrough was the creation of embryonic-like stem cells from adult skin cells. Robert Lanza, Chief Scientific Officer of Advanced Cell Technology and Adjunct Professor at the Institute for Regenerative Medicine at Wake Forest University, has said that Yamanaka's work "is likely to be the most important stem-cell breakthrough of all time. The ability to generate an unlimited supply of patient-specific stem cells will revolutionize the future of medicine."

The stated goal of Professor Yamanaka's laboratory has been to generate pluripotent stem cells from human somatic cells. The ability to "reprogram" adult cells back into an earlier, undifferentiated state has helped to reshape the ethical debate over stem-cell research by providing an approach for obtaining pluripotent stem cells that does not require that they be taken from an embryo. Once established, these pluripotent stem cells may be used in regenerative medicine and also to elucidate disease mechanisms and to screen drugs.