In September 2010, the journal Cell Stem Cell released important findings by Children’s Hospital Boston researcher Derrick Rossi, PhD. Rossi is an investigator at the Immune Disease Institute/Program in Cellular and Molecular Medicine at Children’s, Assistant Professor in the Department of Pathology at Harvard Medical School, and a member of the Principal Faculty of the Harvard Stem Cell Institute.
His paper involved the invention of a safer method for creating pluripotent stem cells, and it received widespread coverage. In fact, when TIME Magazine released their 2010 “Person of the Year” issue, Rossi was included in the special “People Who Mattered” section alongside a variety of public figures ranging from pop singers to politicians. According to TIME journalist Alice Park, “[Rossi’s] new method could help move stem cell–based treatments for diseases such as diabetes and Parkinson’s more quickly from the lab to the clinic.”
For a more in-depth look at Rossi’s work, please visit Vector, Children’s blog dedicated to science and innovation.