A Parkinson’s disease patient’s neurons at the cellular level

A scientist renowned for her cutting-edge research on Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, and autism will be in St. Louis to speak about her groundbreaking work.

Dr. Jeanne Loring

Dr. Jeanne Loring will be speaking at the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center on Thursday, Oct. 26, from 5 to 7 p.m. to discuss her findings and how they are being transformed into reality.

Loring is advancing human stem cell research by harnessing the remarkable power of Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells (iPSCs). With extraordinary abilities to self-renew and develop into every cell type in the body, Loring’s iPSCs research is fueling powerful, cutting-edge investigations of new therapies for Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis and the underlying cause of autism.

Developing neurons

In addition, through her work with The Stem Cell Zoo, Loring is applying her iPSCs research to explore ways to potentially repopulate endangered species such as the Northern White Rhino.

Loring is currently professor of development and director of the Center for Regenerative Medicine in the Department of Molecular Medicine at The Scripps Research Institute. She is also an adjunct professor at the Graduate School of Public Health at San Diego State University, an adjunct professor of Human Genetics at Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute, and a research fellow at the Zoological Society of San Diego.

Loring’s appearance is presented by the Missouri Cures Education Foundation, a statewide, nonprofit, public-education and advocacy alliance, promotes medical advances to improve the health of Missourians and stimulate the state’s economy, allowing residents to look forward to a brighter and healthier future.

Also that evening, Dr. Ben Borowsky and Robert Klein will be honored with the Missouri Cures Volunteer Advocacy Award for their longtime support of the organization.

Event hosts are Dr. Bill Danforth, Sam and Marilyn Fox, John and Anne McDonnell, and James and Elizabeth McDonnell III.

For tickets and other information, visit missouricures.org.