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Ray Dolby Donates $20M To Fund Stem Cell Research

Ray and Dagmar Dolby

Ray and Dagmar Dolby

Ray Dolby Donates Millions to Fund Stem Cell Research – The University of California San Francisco reported today that they have received a 20 million dollar donation from Ray Dolby, founder of Dolby Laboratories. (aka Dolby sound) This is the second large donation made by Dolby to UCSF for stem cells, as in 2006 he and his wife donated $16 million to launch a $123M fund raising campaign for the same stem cell building.

(Dolby’s 2006 donation, like many others, occurred only days after then President Bush vetoed the embryonic stem cell research bill with baby in arms)

The new stem cell research building will be named the Dolby Regeneration Medicine Building, and is set to open its doors next week. (February 9th) The building will be the headquarters of UCSF’s stem cell research.

Stem Cell Donors: Dolby is one of several prominent wealthy individuals to donate to stem cell research. Others include Michael Bloomberg, Larry Ellison (founder of Oracle), Bill Gates, and Michael J Fox.

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Dog Receives Stem Cell Therapy for Arthritis

dog receives stem cell therapy

Sam the Border Collie

Dog Receives Stem Cell Therapy for Arthritis – Sam, a 12 year old border collie and champion show dog from Memphis, recently received the first same-day stem cell therapy for dogs in the state of Georgia. The stem cell therapy was performed in an effort to relieve Sam’s pain and inflammation that he suffers due to arthritis.

The stem cell therapy procedure, which cost about $3000, involved harvesting stem cells from Sam’s own fat, processing them, and then injecting them back into his arthritic joints. Stem cells take on the functions of other cells in the body, and have the capacity to rebuild and repair diseased or damaged tissue.  In this case, the stem cells are intended to interrupt the inflammatory cascade in Sam’s joints, thereby taking away the pain.

The “same-day” nature of the dog’s stem cell therapy is important, as in the past the procedure would have sent the cells to a lab in California for processing, taking 3 to 5 days. This amount of time would surely kill a number of the stem cells, and cause other stem cells to lose their effectiveness.

The Stem cell therapy for arthritis performed on Sam is expected to show results in a few weeks. The obvious hope with stem cell therapy such as this, is its tremendous promise with similar conditions like arthritis in humans.

Full story and video from Fox 5 in Atlanta

Stem Cell Therapy for Arthritis in Dogs