Mountain View, CA / Berlin, Germany
We are happy to announce Dr. Jean Hébert as a speaker for the 2018 Undoing Aging Conference.
Dr. Hébert began his career focusing on understanding how organisms are generated during development with the ultimate goal of using the knowledge gained for regenerative purposes.
In 1988, he began his PhD studies with Dr. Gail Martin at the University of California, San Francisco examining the regulation of embryonic stem cell differentiation and early development. Starting in 1994, as a postdoc in Dr. Susan McConnell’s lab at Stanford University, he refined his studies to understanding how extracellular factors regulate the neural stem cells that generate the neocortex, the part of our brains that we use for our highest cognitive functions. This focus continued when, in 2003, he accepted a faculty position at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine.
Since then, the interest of the Hébert lab has since shifted from studying neocortex development to using the current understanding of this process to establish paradigms for neocortex repair and rejuvenation.
"A no-brainer? Often overlooked by many in the aging field is the possibility of using organ, tissue, and cell replacements to reverse age-related damage – even for the brain, for which a body of evidence supports the feasibility of rejuvenation through progressive cell replacement without losing one’s self-identity.", says Dr. Hébert.