(Feb. 12, 2014) -- Meet Brian Hermann. He, his students and staff are conducting stem cell research that has the potential to impact generations.
Each year, millions of patients undergo chemotherapy and radiation treatments to battle devastating diseases such as cancer. Often, those treatments render the patients infertile, which can shatter their dreams of having children in the future.
While men can preserve their fertility by storing their sperm before harsh treatments and later using those sperm for assisted reproductive technologies, prepubescent boys don't have that option.
In collaboration with researchers at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine Magee-Womens Research Institute, Hermann and his collaborators have developed a promising technique to give these patients hope for their future fertility. Their process involves harvesting and transplanting spermatogonial stem cells, the precursors to sperm production. And, it's already proven to work in monkeys.
Hermann and his UTSA students are now working to help move that research forward. They are currently studying ways to improve the transplants so more sperm are produced. Likewise, they're also studying ways to make more spermatogonial stem cells in the petri dish.
"For a long time, oncologists have been unable to address the long-term consequences of life-saving chemotherapy and radiation treatments such as infertility," said Hermann. "That is now beginning to change."
Hermann is among two dozen researchers and business leaders who will share their progress at this week's San Antonio Conference on Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine, Feb. 13-14. The local conference is a precursor to the 2014 World Summit, the nation's largest stem cell conference, which is slated for San Antonio in December.
Do you know a UTSA researcher whose work has the potential to improve lives? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org so we can consider your suggestion for our next installment of Meet a Roadrunner.
Celebrate homecoming as the Roadrunners take on Rice. Come early for the Spirit Walk, tailgating, games, music and food. Stick around for a halftime show with SOSA and the crowning of Mr. and Ms. UTSA.
Alamodome, 100 Montana St., Downtown San Antonio
The Leadership Storytelling Homecoming Brunch brings together UTSA alumni and students to share a delicious meal as well as a roundtable conversation about how experiences in college carry us forward on unique leadership journeys.
University Center, Denman Room (UC 2.01.28), Main Campus
The conference is dedicated to sharing recent knowledge and experiences gained in the area of Big Data by researchers in academia, industry and the government sectors within the areas of business, national security, infrastructure, healthcare and visualization.
H-E-B University Center Ballroom (HUC 1.104), Main Campus
Former National Security Advisor Susan Rice, via webcast, will examine America’s economic, political and security relations with China during CHINA Town Hall, an 80-city live discussion and Q&A on China and Sino-American relations.
Building Building, Richard Liu Auditorium (BB 2.01.02), Main Campus
The African American Studies program proudly presents William "Cruz" Shaw, San Antonio City Councilman and UTSA Alumnus. Event is free and open to the public.
University Center, Retama Auditorium (UC 2.02.02), Main Campus
The graduate fair is an opportunity for the UTSA student body and local San Antonio community to learn about graduate education opportunities. The event is free and open to the public.
H-E-B University Center Ballroom (1.104), Main Campus
President Taylor Eighmy is inviting all UTSA students to "Pizza With The Prez." Come grab a slice of pizza and take the opportunity to introduce yourself to the President. Pizza while supplies last.
Frio Street Building, Food Court Commons Area, Downtown Campus
President Taylor Eighmy is inviting all UTSA faculty and staff to "Tacos With Taylor." Take the opportunity to introduce yourself to the President at any one of these casual meet and greets.
Biotechnology, Science and Engineering Building atrium, Main Campus
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