The Dentist that Builds Bones
Cecilie Gjerde, dentist and specialist in oral surgery and oral medicine, held a presentation at Bioteknologirådet on how she builds new bone for patients using stem cells. Gjerde is a former winner of the research dissemination award Forsker Grand Prix and works as an associate professor at the Department of Clinical Dentistry at the University of Bergen.
Stem cells are the starting point for all the body's cells and tissues, both when a completely new human arises from a single fertilized egg cell, but also after birth. Every day, thousands of cells die in various places in your body and are replaced from small stores of unspecialized stem cells found in every tissue. How can stem cells' unique properties of regeneration and specialization be exploited in medicine to help diseased or damaged organs to repair themselves? Link to Recording of the presentation