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OHSU Breakthrough makes Time's Top 10 List

Friday December 06, 2013

Elizabeth Hayes

Portland Business Journal - Oregon Health & Science University made the Time Magazine Top 10 list of medical breakthroughs of 2013, with a discovery that could accelerate treatments for Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, cardiac disease and spinal injuries.

OHSU isn’t named by name, but it was the university's breakthrough that is referenced here: “Scientists are now convinced that the most common neurodegenerative diseases, like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s, might be better treated if it were possible to identify patients early in their disease and intervene with treatments.”

By the time the first symptoms of Parkinson’s appear, damage to the brain is well underway, Time noted. Proteins in the spinal fluid may help identify patients in the first stages of the disease.

We wrote about the breakthrough when it was announced back in May. The university said at the time that its researchers were able to reprogram human skill cells and make them embryonic stem cells that can transform into other cell types.

The research was led by Shoukhrat Mitalipov, a senior scientist at OHSU’s Oregon National Primate Research Center.

Other discoveries on the Time list included new genes linked to Alzheimer’s, hair transplants, the dosage level for the HPV vaccine and a better pregnancy test.

Hayes, E. (6 Dec. 2013). Portland Business Journal. OHSU breakthrough makes Time's Top 10 list. www.bizjournals.com.