Stem Cells: The Body's Mulligan

Evan Snyder
Orlando, FL

Science Health & Medical


Evan Snyder, MD, PhD
Program Director, Professor
Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute
Dr. Evan Snyder, program director at Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute is an expert on stem cells and how they can be used to treat diseases in adults and children. Dr. Snyder is also well versed on the public policy implications of stem cell research and is very knowledgeable about advances in the field.
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Considered one of the fathers of the stem cell field,  Dr. Snyder was the first to demonstrate the therapeutic potential of solid organ, non-hematopoietic stem cells (particularly in the nervous system), and was the first to identify, isolate and transplant human neural stem cells. By gaining a better understanding of how stem cells function, he  hopes to better exploit their therapeutic potential. The Snyder laboratory also investigates how stem cells can be used to treat neurodegenerative diseases in adults and children, spinal cord injury, stroke, cancer, developmental disorders, neuropsychiatric diseases, vascular and cartilage abnormalities and other conditions.

Recently, Dr. Snyder co-authored a paper that showed how transplanted stems cells, when in direct contact with diseased neurons, send signals through specialized channels that rescue these neurons from death. These direct cell-to-cell connections may also play a role in normal development by laying down the blueprint for more mature electrical connections between neurons and other cells.

Evan Y. Snyder earned his M.D. and Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania. He completed clinical residencies and fellowships in pediatrics, neurology, and newborn intensive care (neonatology) at Children's Hospital-Boston, Harvard Medical School. He served as a chief resident in both medicine and neurology at Children’s Hospital. In 1989, he became an attending physician in the Department of Pediatrics and Department of Neurology. In 2003, Dr. Snyder was recruited to Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute as a full professor and director of the Program in Stem Cell & Regenerative Biology. He inaugurated the Stem Cell Research Center and helped create the Southern California Stem Cell Consortium. Dr. Snyder is a practicing pediatrician (principally in pediatric neurology and neonatal intensive care) and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

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The promise of stem cell therapies is getting closer and closer
Imagine the possibilities of stem cell treatments. Imagine physicians taking a few cells from a patient's skin and learning the exact nature of their disease and the exact treatment to combat it.
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