Recently on Share the Science, Save the Cord Foundation and Mediware were honored to host Dr. Bernard THEBAUD, neonatologist at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario and a senior scientist with the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute and Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario Research Institute. Dr. THEBAUD discussed using stem cell therapy to improve lung disease and repair organ damage in premature infants.
Dr. THEBAUDS’s research focuses on the clinical translation of stem-cell-based therapies for neonatal disease. Perinatal care has improved tremendously over recent generations. Thus, the survival rate of premature children has likewise increased. However, with this improvement in survival rates come new challenges. Dr. THEBAUD sees this first hand in his work.
A premature infant faces numerous challenges in terms of organ development. One of the biggest challenges is protecting premature lungs from injury.
Premature infants are at risk of developing chronic lung disease or bronchopulmonary dysplasia (BPD). The long-term consequences of early interference with lung development are not completely understood and there are no specific treatments to prevent complications of extreme prematurity.
Dr. THEBAUD and his team are on the cutting edge of stem cell biology and using stem cells to repair damaged organs. In recent years, investigators have captured the repair capabilities of a variety of stem cells in experimental models of BPD. While it is clear that further pre-clinical studies are needed, this webinar with Dr. THEBAUD will highlight the exciting potential for umbilical cord blood derived stem cell based therapies for the prevention or treatment of BPD and other complications.
Dr. THEBAUD’s sucesses in this area of research are leading to promising results with patients; yet, challenges still remain. He will discuss this and more during our next Share the Science:
Dr. Bernard THEBAUD presents
“Recycling Matters: Cord-Derived Stem Cell Treatment of Neonatal Diseases”
RECORDED: Thursday, April 28th, 11 a.m. – Noon U.S. Central Time
Specialist in stem cell therapies for lung diseases, Dr. Thébaud is a senior scientist with the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute and a neonatologist with the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario, where he provides care to critically ill newborns. He is also a professor of Pediatrics at the University of Ottawa.
Dr. Thébaud obtained his medical degree at the University Louis Pasteur in Strasbourg, France in 1991 and trained in pediatrics and neonatology at the University Paris V in Paris, France, where he also obtained his M.Sc. and Ph.D. before completing a 2-year post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Alberta.
He received the “Rising Star in Perinatal Research” award from the CIHR Institute for Human Development, Child and Youth Health in 2008, and the “Best in Current Canadian Child Health Research” Sanofi Pasteur Research Award in 2007. Dr. Thébaud currently holds the University of Ottawa Partnership Research Chair in Regenerative Medicine.
We wish to thank Dr. THEBAUD for his time and Mediware for their continued support in bringing you the Share the Science series to you.
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