Keynote Address – Dr. Craig Cady

Dr. Cady’s primary interest is in Neurophysiology, and he completed an NIH fellowship in the Neurology department at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine investigating the effects of aging on the brain as related to neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease. 

He has published papers on age-related changes in neuron function, how to extend neuron survival, and how estrogen protects the brain from neurodegenerative diseases. 

As the Director of the Bohlander Stem Cell Research Laboratory in the Biology Department at Bradley University, he is actively investigating a diverse range of topics in regenerative medicine beyond neurodegenerative diseases. Current research projects include investigating an autologous stem cell therapy for ovarian and pancreatic cancer, producing cardiomyocytes and pacemaker cells from hiPS stem cells, creating functional parathyroid hormone-producing cells from adult stem cells, and utilizing nanofiber materials to enhance the production of mature cells from stem cells for transplantation. 

Dr. Cady’s laboratory recently worked with an international team, which was the first to transplant a nanofiber trachea lined with stem cells into a 3-year-old girl born without a functioning trachea.

In the video below, you can get to know about Dr. Cady's work in 90-seconds!