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Dr. Toru Kondo named new Associate Editor of STEM CELLS

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Dr. Toru KondoSTEM CELLS is proud to announce the appointment of new Associate Editor, Dr. Toru Kondo of Hokkaido University, Japan. Dr. Kondo has served as an outstanding member of the STEM CELLS Editorial Board since 2007 and we are delighted that he has accepted our invitation to become an Associate Editor. He joins Associate Editors, Dr. Majlinda Lako and Dr. Noel Buckley, Concise review Editor Dr. Terry Lappin, and Editor Dr. Jan Nolta.

Dr. Kondo brings a high level of additional expertise to our group of editors. In 2012 he was appointed as a full professor at the Institute for Genetic Medicine, Hokkaido University in Sapporo, Japan. His laboratory studies how neural stem/precursor cells are involved in the development of CNS diseases, such as brain tumor and Alzheimer’s disease. He is particularly interested in identifying new molecules associated with these disorders, characterizing them and developing new therapeutic methods. He has also a keen interest in the molecular mechanism of oligodendrocyte precursor cell differentiation. He hopes one day the knowledge gained from his work will contribute to the development of therapeutic applications.

Dr. Mark Pittenger

Dr. Kondo had formerly been a group leader at the Cambridge University Centre for Brain Repair UK, a team leader at the RIKEN Center for Developmental Biology (CDB) Japan and a full professor at the Ehime University Proteo-Medicine Research Center Japan.

Dr. Kondo is replacing Associate Editor Dr. Mark Pittenger, who is stepping down at the end of his term. Dr. Pittenger has been fundamental in helping STEM CELLS remain at the top of the field. STEM CELLS is grateful for his contributions in the advancement of the Journal.

We welcome Dr. Kondo and the outstanding expertise that he brings to our editorial team and wish Dr. Pittenger all the best in the New Year.