President, Co-Founder – Dr. Sally Temple, Ph.D.
Dr. Temple received her undergraduate degree at Cambridge University, UK, specializing in developmental biology and neuroscience. She obtained her PhD at University College London, UK on optic nerve development and a postdoctoral fellowship at Columbia University, NY on studies of the spinal cord.
In 1989, Dr. Temple discovered that the embryonic mammalian brain contained a rare stem cell that produced both neurons and glial cells. Since then, her group has continued to make pioneering contributions to the field of neural stem cell research.
She has helped identify external factors that regulate stem cell growth, and demonstrated the benefit of sustained release growth factors for stem cell activation and maintenance.
In recognition of her work, Dr. Temple has received the Royal Society Stothert Research Fellowship, the Javits NIH merit award, the MacArthur award and the Ellison investigator award and an R35 award from NINDS.
Chief Executive Officer, Co-Founder –
Dr. Jeffrey Stern, M.D., Ph.D.
Jeffrey Stern received his PhD in Biophysics from Brandeis University followed by further research experience at the Rockefeller University, University College London and the Woods Hole Marine Biological Laboratories. After a postdoctoral fellowship in vision research under the leadership of Nobel Prize Winner Dr. Torsten Wiesel, he went on to obtain an MD degree from the University of Miami School of Medicine. He completed an Ophthalmology residency at Albany Medical Center, and a Retina fellowship at Mt. Sinai Medical Center in New York City.
Dr. Stern is a VitreoRetinal surgeon with a private practice in Albany NY. In 2005, with his wife Sally Temple, PhD, he co-founded the Regenerative Research Foundation and Neural Stem Cell Institute in Rensselaer, NY with the mission of using stem cell research to develop novel therapies for retina, brain and spinal cord damage and disease. Dr. Stern is leading the development of a novel regenerative therapy for age-related macular degeneration.