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Stem Cells Online Curriculum

The National Center for Regenerative Medicine (NCRM) at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine is teaming up with Edheads, a provider of online education tools, to launch web-based education modules about stem cells. The modules, based on real clinical trials, are geared toward high school students and designed to enhance classroom curriculum. They offer a highly innovative and interactive learning experience to demonstrate the nature of stem cells and their importance in medicine and the development of new therapies.

The first module, “Create a Line of Stem Cells,” allows students to take a virtual tissue sample from a specific part of the body, such as the bone marrow, and grow it to see which cells are stem cells. Through computerized animation and the use of a virtual microscope, they will learn how to differentiate cells and select the ones they want to culture and grow. The second module, “Stem Cell Transplant,” covers potential clinical applications for stem cells and how different stem cell types may be used. The third module, “Stem Cell Heart Repair,” features how researchers are exploring the potential application of stem cells in the development of new therapies that, if successful, may one day be used to regenerate diseased heart muscle.

Students, teachers and other potential users can access the stem cell activities available online at www.edheads.org.