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How these 4 women are disrupting the tech scene

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Despite receiving the same education as their male counterparts, women with STEM degrees (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) are actually less likely to work in a STEM occupation.

One important step to closing the gender gap in STEM fields is sharing the stories of women thriving in these careers and not just the role models of STEM women in history, but the stories of those in the field today. University of Phoenix believes that shining a spotlight on women who are making waves will help inspire future generations of female tech geniuses.

Following are stories about four intrepid women who are making a name for themselves in tech and who are helping to shape the future of the industry.

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Meilani Conley

Meilani Conley knew early on that she was destined to pursue a career in science and mathematics. Though the adults in her life tried to dissuade her telling her that women have fewer opportunities in STEM fields than men Conley persevered and currently holds a Bachelor of Computer Science and Mathematics from Southwest Baptist University and a Master of Information Systems from University of Phoenix.

Conley’s passion for computers began when she was nine years old. She was constantly fascinated by the inner workings of electronics. While the kids in her class daydreamed about summer vacation, Conley’s mind was filled with metal, wires and electricity. She’s proved that you can beat the status quo by pushing yourself and is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in Computer Science from Clarkson University.


Kirsten Hoyt

Kristen Hoyt, Academic Dean for the College of Information Systems and Technology at University of Phoenix, has a lot to say about women pursuing careers in tech.

“In 1996, women made up about 37 percent of the IT workforce, but in 2010 that number dropped to 25 percent,” said Hoyt in one radio interview. In fact, as of 2014, the most common occupations for women were secretaries, administrative assistants, and teachers.

Hoyt’s program at University of Phoenix is directly fighting back to change this statistic by developing partnerships to advance women in technology. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, it is projected that there will be 1.4 million computer-science jobs by 2020 but not enough individuals with the skills to apply for those jobs.

Hoyt was persistent in her interests while growing up and says she was fortunate enough to take a coding class early on. This led to a degree in programming that ultimately brought her to the role of Academic Dean for University of Phoenix College of Information Systems and Technology.

What else is to be done to ensure equality in the workforce? Hoyt said she believes in establishing a technology-based foundation from the earliest days of our children’s educations, and cites her own experience as the reason she believes in jumpstarting technology education for students at a young age.


Stephenie Gloden

Stephenie Gloden is the vice president of Enterprise Resource Management for Apollo Education Group, a position she earned through her persistence and years of hard work. With more than 20 years of IT experience primarily focused on software development and IT operations leadership Gloden sought out a Bachelor of Science in Information Technology and a Master of Business Association from University of Phoenix, along with a Master of Science in Information Management from Arizona State University.

Gloden’s most recent initiative is University of Phoenix startup, the RedFlint experience center located in downtown Las Vegas. As co-founder and business lead for strategy, Gloden is responsible for educating, incubating and accelerating ideas that solve the problems facing small businesses and the local community – including non-profits, schools and hospitals. Gloden’s diehard entrepreneurial spirit brought her to where she is today something both men and woman should strive for in their careers.


Charity Jennings

What can you do to be an ally to women and ensure you’re doing everything in your power to help them succeed? The answer is far simpler than you may think.

According to Charity Jennings, to cultivate and sustain diverse perspectives and expand the pipeline of IT talent, women must feel welcome in the industry.

Jennings serves as the program dean for University of Phoenix College of Information Systems and Technology, and has expanded her role to take on high profile technology projects that have University-wide impact.

Whether women are writing code or leading the next IT startup in Silicon Valley, it’s critical to get our young women engaged and excited about becoming future engineers, web developers, tech entrepreneurs and executives.

Jennings says that the responsibility lies in the hands of educators, corporations, policy makers, community leaders and parents to help cultivate and nurture the interests of young women and help them reach their goals.

So when you see your daughter, cousin, niece or student taking apart her PC or fiddling with the HTML of a website, you can play a role in helping her explore opportunities in STEM by encouraging her interests and by showing her all of the opportunities for a career in tech.

The message to women everywhere is clear: the tech industry needs you.

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The Weather Channel takes on stereotypes in STEM

Female meteorologists have a simple request: Stop labeling us educated, highly trained scientists as “weather girls.” And maybe stop commenting on our dresses and lipstick and start asking about our forecasts.

“Women on television can also be scientists. It’s that simple,” said Ginger Zee, a meteorologist on Good Morning America and ABC World News Tonight.

On Sunday, The Weather Channel (TWC) debuted a two-part series exploring the unique challenges that women face in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

In the clip shown here, Zee and two other leading meteorologists Janice Huff of WNBC-New York and Jen Carfagno join Marshall Shepard, host of TWC’s Weather Geek program, to discuss ways to encourage young women to embrace science from an early age.

Left to right: Marshall Shepard, Jen Carfagno, Janice Huff and Ginger Zee on the set of “Women in Science Wx Geeks.”

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“More than ever, there are opportunities for girls and women who are interested in science to … find extra help and support along the way,” Carfagno, who hosts TWC’s AMHQ program, told Mashable.

She noted that stereotypes about women in science extend far beyond the 1950s-notion of the well-heeled weather girl. Think about the recurring movie plot, in which a frizzy, bespectacled geek suddenly gets hair gel, contact lenses and stops droning on about all that “dull” science stuff.

“Society still hangs on to that, and it’s a sort of underlying theme I feel that’s hard to shake,” Carfagno said.

Given those lingering cultural perceptions, and the fact that more men work in meteorology than women, “We decided we really need to do a show about women in science,” she said.

Part one of TWC‘s “Wx Geeks” special on women in science airs Jan. 29 at 12 p.m. ET. Part two airs Feb. 5 at the same time.

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OPTIMAL Pain & Regenerative Medicine Brings Innovative Back Pain Management Options Including PRP Injections and Stem Cell-like Therapies to Dallas/Ft. Worth Metroplex

OPTIMAL Pain & Regenerative Brings Innovative Back Pain Relief to DFW

Experts estimate that up to 80% of the world’s population will experience back pain at some point in life. Back pain can range from a dull, constant ache (chronic) to a sudden sharp pain (acute). In addition to traditional procedures to alleviate back pain such as epidural steroid injections, selective nerve root blocks and rhizotomy treatment, OPTIMAL Pain & Regenerative Medicine now offers Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) injections and stem cell-like regenerative therapies for back pain relief.

Pain can occur in the neck, mid-back or lower back. The discs, facets, pars interarticularis, sacroiliac joints and nerves can all cause back pain. The first step in addressing back pain relief is to determine where the pain is centered, where the pain radiates and what activities cause increased or diminished pain. Once a proper diagnosis is given, treatment options can be discussed. For patients seeking conservative treatment options to replace or delay surgery, OPTIMAL Pain & Regenerative Medicine has a variety of back pain management options to treat back pain.

Innovative therapies such as Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) and Bone Marrow Aspirate Concentrate have become increasingly more popular alternatives to traditional spine injections. These advanced therapies use a patient’s own blood components to rebuild damaged tissue, such as tendons or cartilage. Platelet Rich Plasma and Bone Marrow Aspirate Concentrate therapies use the body’s natural healing abilities to accelerate healing. BMAC contains growth and healing factors similar to what is found in platelet-rich-plasma plus an additional concentration of ‘pluripotent’ stem-like cells, which further contribute to the regenerative process. Both PRP and BMAC can provide back pain relief to patients suffering from degenerative disc disease, bulging discs, spondylosis, sacroiliac joint pain or facet joint pain.

Patients suffering from lower back, neck, arm or leg pain due to nerve irritation or damage should consider more traditional treatments such as epidural steroid injection or a sympathetic nerve root block. Nerves travel through the epidural space and surround the membrane that covers the spinal cord and nerve roots. Inflammation to the nerve roots can cause pain. Epidural steroid injections use an anti-inflammatory medicine that is injected into the epidural space to decrease inflammation of the nerve roots to relieve leg and/or back pain. A sympathetic nerve block involves injecting medicine around the sympathetic nerves in the lumbar or cervical area. By doing this, the system is temporarily blocked in hopes of reducing or eliminating pain.

OPTIMAL also offers rhizotomy treatment to decrease pain caused by the facet joints. Facets can cause neck or lower back pain. Using electrical current, the needle tip heats up creating a lesion or burn in the pain fibers of the facet join, ultimately stopping the pain transmission.

OPTIMAL Pain & Regenerative Medicine is on the cutting edge of back pain treatment. Whether through traditional treatment or innovative new options, each team member is dedicated to finding the best possible solution for each patient. For patients in the Dallas, Ft. Worth or Arlington area who are seeking relief, please call us at 817.468.4343 or visit our website:

About OPTIMAL Pain & Regenerative Medicine

OPTIMAL treats patients in the Dallas, Ft. Worth, and Arlington area with regenerative and back pain management options. Double-board certified in pain management and anesthesiology, each physician is dedicated to providing the highest quality of care and returning patients to a pain-free lifestyle. OPTIMAL specializes in the treatment of neck and back pain, arthritis, neuropathy, diseases, headaches, joint and soft-tissue injuries and sports related injuries.

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The Miami Stem Cell Treatment Center Announces Adult Stem Cell Public Seminars in Sun City Center and Tampa, Florida

The Miami Stem Cell Treatment Center announces a series of free public seminars on the use of adult stem cells for various degenerative and inflammatory conditions. They will be provided by Dr. Thomas A. Gionis, Surgeon-in-Chief and Dr. Nia Smyrniotis, Medical Director.

The seminars will be held on Friday, July 10, 2015 at 11:00 am at the Sandpiper Grille, 1702 S. Pebble Beach Blvd., Sun City Center, FL 33573; and Friday, July 10, 2015 at 2:00 pm at the Courtyard Tampa Westshore/Airport, 3805 W. Cypress Street, Tampa, FL 33607. Please RSVP at (561) 331-2999, all events are by reservation only.

The Miami Stem Cell Treatment Center (Miami; Boca Raton; Orlando; The Villages; Sarasota, Florida), along with sister affiliates, the Irvine Stem Cell Treatment Center (Irvine; Westlake Village; Sacramento, California) and the Manhattan Regenerative Medicine Medical Group (Manhattan, New York), abide by approved investigational protocols using adult adipose derived stem cells (ADSCs) which can be deployed to improve patients’ quality of life for a number of chronic, degenerative and inflammatory conditions and diseases. ADSCs are taken from the patient’s own adipose (fat) tissue (found within a cellular mixture called stromal vascular fraction (SVF)). ADSCs are exceptionally abundant in adipose tissue. The adipose tissue is obtained from the patient during a 15 minute mini-liposuction performed under local anesthesia in the doctor’s office. SVF is a protein-rich solution containing mononuclear cell lines (predominantly adult autologous mesenchymal stem cells), macrophage cells, endothelial cells, red blood cells, and important Growth Factors that facilitate the stem cell process and promote their activity.

ADSCs are the body’s natural healing cells – they are recruited by chemical signals emitted by damaged tissues to repair and regenerate the body’s injured cells. The Miami Stem Cell Treatment Center only uses Adult Autologous Stem Cells from a person’s own fat – No embryonic stem cells are used; and No bone marrow stem cells are used. Current areas of study include: Emphysema, COPD, Asthma, Heart Failure, Heart Attack, Parkinson’s Disease, Stroke, Traumatic Brain Injury, Lou Gehrig’s Disease, Multiple Sclerosis, Lupus, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Crohn’s Disease, Muscular Dystrophy, Inflammatory Myopathies, and degenerative orthopedic joint conditions (Knee, Shoulder, Hip, Spine). For more information, or if someone thinks they may be a candidate for one of the adult stem cell protocols offered by the Miami Stem Cell Treatment Center, they may contact Dr. Gionis or Dr. Smyrniotis directly at (561) 331-2999, or see a complete list of the Center’s study areas at:

Also, you can listen and call into our radio show, The Stem Cell Show, hosted by Dr. Gionis worldwide on (“Listen Live” at 7pm EST) or the KABC app – available on the App Store or Google Play.

About the Miami Stem Cell Treatment Center: The Miami Stem Cell Treatment Center, along with sister affiliates, the Irvine Stem Cell Treatment Center and the Manhattan Regenerative Medicine Medical Group, is an affiliate of the California Stem Cell Treatment Center / Cell Surgical Network (CSN); we are located in Miami, Boca Raton, Orlando, The Villages, and Sarasota, Florida. We provide care for people suffering from diseases that may be alleviated by access to adult stem cell based regenerative treatment. We utilize a fat transfer surgical technology to isolate and implant the patient’s own stem cells from a small quantity of fat harvested by a mini-liposuction on the same day. The investigational protocols utilized by the Miami Stem Cell Treatment Center have been reviewed and approved by an IRB (Institutional Review Board) which is registered with the U.S. Department of Health, Office of Human Research Protection (OHRP); and our studies are registered with, a service of the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH). For more information, visit our websites:,,, or

MediVet Biologics adds Merritt Veterinary Supplies, Inc. as a Distribution Partner of Veterinary Stem Cell and other Biologic treatment options.

MediVet Biologics is pleased to announce the addition of Merritt Veterinary Supplies, Inc. as a preferred distribution partner for MediVet Biologics products and services.

An official launch of the product lines will be held at three regional locations providing access to Merritt customers for live continuing education on the range of cutting edge treatment options in which MediVet Biologics provides to the Veterinary community.

Jeremy Delk, CEO with MediVet Biologics, welcomed the team at Merritt Veterinary Supplies, Inc.:

“Our entire organization is excited to launch our product line with Merritt. The core values of Merritt’s business and commitment to customer service matched our own mission in which we bring products and services to the marketplace. The continued goal of our organization is to assist millions of animals around the world with medical treatment options based in science and affordability. Our distribution partners are extremely important in assisting us achieve that mission as well as allowing us expansion of our product pipeline into the future with new offerings. We look forward to supporting Merritt customers.”

Jeff Morrison Business Development Manager of Merritt said, “Merritt is certainly excited to partner with MediVet Biologics to offer this technology and patient life improvement to our customers. Our sales team excels in developing strategies to implement new science into our industry to better service veterinarians and their clients.”

July Continuing Education Events:

July 14th Merritt-MediVet Biologics Dinner Coral Gables, Florida

July 15th Merritt-MediVet Biologics Dinner Birmingham, Alabama

July 16th Merritt-MediVet Biologics Dinner Charlotte, North Carolina

If would like to RSVP or inquire about event location, times and CE please contact: Sarah Bernard at

About MediVet Biologics:

MediVet Biologics is a leader in Veterinary cellular medicine and the first company to offer in-clinic adipose derived stem cell treatments to Veterinarian practitioners.

Since 2010, the Central Kentucky based company has built a portfolio of thousands of progressive Veterinarians across the globe serving over 10,000 animal patients treated to date. Since 2010 MediVet Biologics has expanded products and services to include tissue engineering products and services, Platelet Rich Plasma and currently in trials for a new canine cancer vaccine.

The company’s mission is to provide novel treatment options based in science at affordable prices that reach the brick and mortar general practice to assist millions of animals needlessly suffering in pain.

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Center of Regenerative Orthopedics Now Offering Stem Cell Therapy for Shoulder Injuries and Arthritis

Fort Lauderdale, Florida (PRWEB) June 08, 2015

The top stem cell therapy clinic in South Florida, Center for Regenerative Orthopedics, is now offering stem cell procedures for all types of shoulder injuries and arthritis. The treatments are offered by Board Certified physicians for rotator cuff injuries, labral tears, degenerative arthritis and tendonitis. Call (954) 399-6945 for more information and to schedule a free consult.

Undergoing surgery for shoulder conditions entails potential complications such as nerve injury, infection, failed reconstruction along with a lengthy rehab. What regenerative medicine often allows for is the ability to provide pain relief, increase shoulder function and avoid the need for the surgery.

The stem cell procedures offered at Center of Regenerative Orthopedics include Bone Marrow Derived stem cell therapy. One’s own bone marrow is used through a minor harvesting procedure, and it is immediately processed to concentrate the stem cells and growth factors. The result is material that is able to regenerate and repair the damaged area.

The procedure is very safe, as the person’s own bone marrow is used. The results have been exceptional for achieving relief and improving patient function. This includes allowing people to get back to high level athletics, recreational activities along with playing with one’s kids and grandkids.

In addition to treating shoulder conditions, the Center also treats all types of hip and knee arthritis, meniscal injuries, chronic tendonitis and ligament injuries as well.

For a free consultation and to discuss shoulder stem cell therapy in Florida, call (954) 399-6945.

VetStem Biopharma, Proudly Announces a New Long Term Partnership with VCA West Los Angeles in Support of Stem Cell Therapy Training and Clinical Opportunities.

Poway, CA (PRWEB) June 02, 2015

“Stem Cell Therapy to help dogs suffering from osteoarthritis joint pain is becoming more mainstream, and it is used often as an adjunct to surgery in large specialty and referral hospitals. Too many general practitioners are not yet aware or comfortable enough with the techniques to offer it widely to their clients. This therapy is most often reserved for the last resort cases – when nothing else works – and when the poor pet can barely lift a paw to get around. It is an easy procedure, and if a pet owner is willing to make the financial commitment (between $ 2,500 and $ 3,000) it is something that can be offered much earlier and in most general practice settings. We want to help our colleagues get comfortable with the science and the applications, so stem cell therapy doesn’t remain purely a ‘specialty hospital’ recommendation” stated Dr Nicole Buote, Head of Surgery at VCA West Los Angeles.

“We are very proud that an institution like VCA WLA has considered us as the premier partner for such an initiative. We work hard to develop new ways to help improve the quality of healing in pets, and attack insidious diseases like joint degeneration. It is great to be able to count on clinical experts such as Dr Buote and Dr Bruyette, to continuously challenge us, pushing us to develop faster and better, so we can help many pets in need” said Dr Harman, CEO and Chief Science Officer for VetStem.

“We hope to educate hundreds of LA veterinarians on the technique, and offer them local expertise and clinical support for difficult cases through this unique type of partnership with a state of the art veterinary teaching hospital. VCA WLA is developing a unique win / win relationship model with local area veterinarians. We are proud to be a conduit to such development, with our high quality stem cell therapy service offering”, added Dr Nahama, President and Chief Commercial Officer for VetStem.

About VetStem Biopharma

VetStem Biopharma is a veterinarian lead company that was formed in 2002 to bring regenerative medicine to the profession. This privately held biopharmaceutical enterprise, based near San Diego (California), currently offers veterinarians an autologous stem cell processing service (from patients’ own fat tissue) among other regenerative modalities. With a unique expertise acquired over the past 12 years and 11,000 patients treated by veterinarians for joint, tendon or ligament issues, VetStem has made regenerative medicine applications a therapeutic reality beyond the realm of research. The VetStem team is focused on developing new clinically practical and affordable veterinary solutions that leverage the natural restorative abilities present in all living creatures. The company’s stated mission being “to extend and enhance the lives of animals by improving the quality of recovery in acute conditions, but also by unlocking ways to slow, stop and ultimately revert the course of chronic diseases”. In addition to its’ own portfolio of patents, Vet-Stem holds exclusive global veterinary licenses to a portfolio of over 55 issued patents in the field of regenerative medicine.

About VCA West Los Angeles Animal Hospital

Established in 1984, VCA West Los Angeles Animal Hospital is one of the largest veterinary hospitals in the country in addition to being the first specialty and referral hospital in Los Angeles. Serving Los Angeles, San Fernando Valley, Orange and Ventura counties and the surrounding communities, the facility provides 24/7/365 emergency and critical care services and offers a full complement of specialty services in virtually all areas of veterinary medical specialties. Recently relocated to a 42,000 sq. ft. facility, the hospital is equipped with the most advanced technology to ensure optimal care for its patients. The hospital is actively engaged in veterinary medical research through participation in clinical trials and in education and outreach within the veterinary community through its intern and continuing education programs. VCA West Los Angeles Animal Hospital, located at 1900 S. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90025, can be reached at (310) 473-2951,


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In August Asymmetrex Will Present Details of Its Crowdsourcing Campaign to Determine the Extent of Application of New Technologies for Counting Adult Tissue Stem Cells

Boston, MA (PRWEB) May 26, 2015

Just the characterization of being a new breakthrough technology that addresses a long-standing unmet biomedical need does not guarantee immediate acceptance. In particular, a new solution to a problem that has seen many prior failures is often met with significant skepticism. The challenge to gaining acceptance and use is an irony that is often an unappreciated aspect of scientific innovation.

As a small, new start-up company, Asymmetrex has found that building acceptance of its new tissue stem cell counting technologies is unexpectedly challenging. Asymmetrex director James Sherley observes, “In January, when we reported online our new technology for counting adult tissue stem cells, I expected our e-mail inbox to be full of letters of interest soon. But, so far, that has not been the case.”

Asymmetrex did not wait long before trying a different approach. On April 29th, the company launched a crowdsourcing campaign with two goals: First, to increase general visibility of its innovation in adult tissue stem cell counting; and second, to engage cell biologists, regenerative medicine physicians, and tissue engineers worldwide in independent evaluation of the technology for detecting and counting their favorite adult tissue stem cells. The technology is universal, being applicable to stem cells in different tissues of different mammalian species, including humans. It would take many years and a prohibitive level of financing for Asymmetrex to demonstrate the projected wide extent of application of its technology. However, a successful crowdsourcing effort could achieve wide acceptance in a year or two.

Asymmetrex’s presentation at the 8th International Epigenetics, Stem Cells, Sequencing & SNiPs-2015 Meeting will be the third event in the ongoing crowdsourcing campaign. The effort was launched with a primary targeting to LinkedIn groups in relevant topic areas like stem cell biology, drug development, regenerative medicine, and tissue engineering. Based on the memberships of these groups, a potential audience of 642,552 was contacted. The second event was the May 12 start of a social media campaign to further extend the reach of the crowdsourcing announcement.

The August meeting will provide a good research forum for Asymmetrex to provide more background and technical details of the stem cell counting technology. The annual meeting addresses important developments in the field of epigenetics; and Asymmetrex’s counting technologies are based on unique epigenetic features of tissue stem cells.

The reagents needed to conduct the stem cell counting analysis for research purposes can be obtained from many different companies, allowing any investigator to evaluate the technology. However, Asymmetrex holds patents required to commercialize the method of detecting and counting adult tissue stem cells. The company projects that a successful crowdsourcing campaign will generate significant demand for such commercial products that will accelerate progress in stem cell research and stem cell medicine.

About Asymmetrex

Asymmetrex, LLC is a Massachusetts life sciences company with a focus on developing technologies to advance stem cell medicine. Asymmetrex’s founder and director, James L. Sherley, M.D., Ph.D. is an internationally recognized expert on the unique properties of adult tissue stem cells. The company’s patent portfolio contains biotechnologies that solve the two main technical problems – production and quantification – that have stood in the way of successful commercialization of human adult tissue stem cells for regenerative medicine and drug development. In addition, the portfolio includes novel technologies for isolating cancer stem cells and producing induced pluripotent stem cells for disease research purposes. Currently, Asymmetrex’s focus is employing its technological advantages to develop facile methods for monitoring adult stem cell number and function in clinically important human tissues.

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West Coast Bird Dog Champion Wins US Bird Dog Association Western States National Flushing Champion with the help of Stem Cell Therapy by VetStem.

Twain Harte, CA (PRWEB) May 12, 2015

Northern California top ten ranked West Coast Bird Dog Championship Springer Spaniel, Blue Smoke Bodacious (lovingly nicknamed Bodie), won the US Bird Dog Association Western States National Flushing Championship in Carson City, Nevada. Bodie was first treated with the VetStem therapy in February of 2013 after suffering from arthritis from severe hip dysplasia. Bodie came back to competition in late 2013 to secure a 3rd place after a rare shell malfunction denied him anything higher in the BDC High River Classic. Bodie achieved the third highest qualifying score overall, coming in just under his brother, Trapper, who is older by one year.

Bodie, now five years old, was diagnosed at only eight months with canine hip dysplasia. His owner began to notice he had difficulty getting up from a lying position, and would often ‘bunny hop’ or resort to using both legs together while running. His veterinarian recommended a medication that would help reduce pain so that he could be worked to build muscle structure early on, but arthritis eventually set in, slowing Bodie’s hunting and competition training. Even through the discomfort he continued to achieve a number of first places, a few second places, and only one 3rd place score in the West Coast Division of BDC before his stem cell therapy.

Bodie was first treated in February of 2013 at Twain Harte Veterinary Hospital with the VetStem therapy for his hips. Twain Harte Veterinary Hospital’s Dr Marvin Ordway has completed the VetStem course on the use of Stem Cells. Although Dr Ordway was not the original veterinarian who treated Bodie, he has now taken over his care. Dr Ordway is one of the only veterinarians in the area to be credentialed in the VetStem Therapy. These injections helped decrease the pain and inflammation in Bodies hips allowing him to return to training. Bodie’s owner, Charlie Speight, explains some of the activities that Bodie enjoys doing now that his pain kept him from doing before, “Lays on his back and stretches his legs out, lifts his leg to go (he used to squat), swims freely, runs with a normal gate and does not bunny hop, sits straight up as opposed to side-saddle, and he is off his medication.”

Bodie received follow up injection in July of 2014, also at Twain Harte Veterinary Hospital, for arthritis in both elbows and his left shoulder. He then received one more treatment in March of 2015 for his right hip just before he went to his championship competition. The last treatment on his hip came after he had a slip and injured his hip during a club hunt. Charlie called this last treatment more of a ‘tune up” to get him ready for this competition.

Why has stem cell therapy had such a positive impact on Bodie’s condition? In contrast to widely used drug therapies for pain management, cell-based therapies can promote healing, reduce inflammation, and decrease pain. In a study using VetStem Regenerative Cell Therapy on dogs with osteoarthritis of the hip joint it was found that regenerative cell therapy (adipose-derived stem cells) decreases patient discomfort and increases patient functional ability.

Charlie said “Bodie is a dynamo. I don’t think he realizes his condition. He is one of a kind”

Charlie goes on to say that it is a bit of a mystery how Bodie ended up with hip dysplasia considering his brother shows no signs, “Having his brother is a real benefit in judging the effectiveness of Bodie’s stem cell therapy. He can run as quickly as his brother now. The boy is driven,” exclaims Charlie.

About VetStem Biopharma.

VetStem Biopharma is a veterinarian led company that was formed in 2002 to bring regenerative medicine to the profession. This privately held biopharmaceutical enterprise, based near San Diego (California), currently offers veterinarians an autologous stem cell processing service (from patients’ own fat tissue) among other regenerative modalities. With a unique expertise acquired over the past 12 years and 10,000 patients treated by veterinarians for joint, tendon or ligament issues, VetStem has made regenerative medicine applications a therapeutic reality beyond the realm of research. The VetStem team is focused on developing new clinically practical and affordable veterinary solutions that leverage the natural restorative abilities present in all living creatures. The company’s stated mission being “to extend and enhance the lives of animals by improving the quality of recovery in acute conditions, but also by unlocking ways to slow, stop and ultimately revert the course of chronic diseases”. In addition to its’ own portfolio of patents, VetStem holds exclusive global veterinary licenses to a portfolio of over 55 issued patents in the field of regenerative medicine.

CIEE Partners with Spelman College and Northeastern University to Launch Custom Study Abroad Programs for Undergrads in STEM Disciplines

Portland, Maine (PRWEB) May 20, 2015

CIEE: Council on International Educational Exchange has partnered with Spelman College, a global leader in the education of women of African descent, and Northeastern University, a global, experiential, research university in Boston, to offer custom study abroad programs this spring with the goal to increase international education opportunities for students majoring in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).

For a second year, CIEE has partnered with Spelman College to support their Going Global initiative, which seeks to provide every student with an international travel experience before graduation. For two weeks, May 10-24, 161 Spelman students are taking part in an immersive program with a customized intercultural engagement curriculum to enhance intercultural competencies and leadership skills in one of six locations: Amsterdam, Netherlands; Barcelona, Spain; Seoul, South Korea; Lima, Peru; Lisbon, Portugal; and Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. Forty-five of the students participating in the program are STEM majors, a 137 percent increase in participation from the previous year.

“Our deliberate efforts to address the major barriers to international travel experience – cost, culture, curriculum, and champions – have yielded much fruition by providing global travel opportunities for a group that is traditionally underrepresented in study abroad,” said Dimeji Togunde, Ph.D., associate provost for global education at Spelman College. “This program has become the most effective strategy for us to achieve both Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) and strategic planning goals of yearly increase in student and faculty international travel experiences.”

CIEE is also supporting a customized program for 23 Northeastern University students in Sao Paulo, Brazil, May 12-June 11. Designed specifically for students in STEM majors and those with an interest in sustainability, the Northeastern program will help students build an understanding of how energy resources are being utilized in the U.S. and Brazil, current alternative energy systems and technologies, and how these alternatives can impact the environment through fieldwork activities and meetings with industry leaders.

“There is a huge need for students to understand the necessity of sustainable development, especially in developing countries that are ahead of the U.S. in this effort,” said Courtney Pfluger, Ph.D., assistant teaching professor of engineering at Northeastern who will lead the students on the four-week program. “Students who become globally competent will be the leaders in shaping our world and realizing the potential in bettering our environment and society.”

A growing segment in study abroad, STEM students today make up nearly 23 percent of U.S. students studying abroad, representing a significant increase over the past 10 years according to Open Doors Data. “CIEE has seen increased interest in STEM programs from both students and faculty and administrators at institutions across the country,” said CIEE President and Chief Executive Officer James P. Pellow. “Colleges and universities like Spelman College and Northeastern University are recognizing the importance of providing access to international experiences for all students. Spelman and Northeastern have both seen the positive impact of creating custom programs built to professors’ curricula and students’ academic requirements and schedules.”

CIEE offers nine semester, summer, and winter study abroad programs focused on STEM disciplines, including tropical marine ecology and conservation, and engineering. The organization recently introduced a new Global Sustainability and Environment program on three continents: Shanghai, China; Berlin, Germany; and Cape Town, South Africa.

CIEE: Council on International Educational Exchange

Founded in 1947, CIEE is the country’s oldest and largest nonprofit study abroad and intercultural exchange organization, serving more than 300 U.S. colleges and universities, 1,000 U.S. high schools, and more than 35,000 international exchange students each year. CIEE operates 61 study centers in 43 countries, sponsors international faculty training programs, teach abroad programs, and various specialty and custom programs for secondary, post-secondary, and international students. Visit

Spelman College

Founded in 1881, Spelman College is a highly selective liberal arts college widely recognized as the global leader in the education of women of African descent. Located in Atlanta, Ga., the College’s picturesque campus is home to 2,100 students. Outstanding alumnae include Children’s Defense Fund founder Marian Wright Edelman; Sam’s Club CEO Rosalind Brewer; Broadway producer Alia Jones; former Acting Surgeon General and Spelman’s first alumna president Audrey Forbes Manley; Harvard University Professor Evelynn Hammonds; author Pearl Cleage; and actress LaTanya Richardson Jackson. Visit

Northeastern University

Founded in 1898, Northeastern is a global, experiential, research university offering undergraduate and graduate programs leading to degrees through the doctorate in nine colleges and schools, and select advanced degrees at graduate campuses in Charlotte, North Carolina, and Seattle. Visit



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