The Wisdom of Waisman

It has always been a challenge to describe the Waisman Center on the University of Wisconsin–Madison campus. This is due in part to the very nature of the research conducted at the facility, which claims as its mission “the advancement of knowledge about human development, developmental disabilities and neurodegenerative diseases through the life span.”

Friends of the Waisman Center 2013 Annual Reception

The Friends of the Waisman Center Annual Meeting was held on Tuesday, August 13, 2013 in the Waisman Center’s Ziemann Suite to celebrate the previous year’s achievements. Waisman Center Director Marsha Mailick, PhD, began the program with an overview of activities and accomplishments that occurred throughout 2012-2013 and discussed future plans for the center’s 40th anniversary. Friend’s board members, staff, students and families of the Waisman Center attended the event to honor the recipients of this year’s student fellowships and awards.

Waisman Center joins disability partners to support governors’ employment initiative

Finding workers who improve the bottom line is the goal of any successful business. However, too often workers with disabilities get overlooked. In Wisconsin, the employment rate is 70% for working-age persons without disabilities, while only 37% of people with disabilities are on the job. In other related employment measures for these workers, Wisconsin is in the bottom half of states.

Waisman scientists model human disease in stem cells

Many scientists use animals to model human diseases. Mice can be obese or display symptoms of Parkinson’s disease. Rats get Alzheimer’s and diabetes. But animal models are seldom perfect, and so scientists are looking at a relatively new type of stem cell, called the induced pluripotent stem cell (iPS cell), that can be grown into specialized cells that become useful models for human disease.