Fadi Bejjani

Dr. Fadi Bejjani - NIH Liaison at American Cryostem

Dr. Fadi Bejjani recently joined American Cryostem, LLC, as director of clinical research. In this capacity, he was certified by the NIH in the Patient Safety Protocol, and is involved in the process of opening clinics that focus on regenerative medicine in Africa and the Middle East. Dr. Fadi Bejjani is also responsible for developing clinical trials for rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes, ALS, and other chronic and terminal diseases.

Previously, Dr. Fadi Bejjani served as chief medical officer at Cedars Occupational Physical Pain and Spine Medical, PC, in Utica, New York, and at Advanced Minimally Invasive Surgery, LLC, in Morris Plains, New Jersey.

Dr. FJ Bejjani earned his medical degree at the University of Paris V and completed an MA and a PhD at New York University. He also was a resident in orthopedic surgery then a fellow in orthopedic biomechanics at the Hospital for Joint Diseases Orthopedic Institute. Moreover, Dr. FJ Bejjani served as an associate professor at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. In that role, he taught medical students and residents, conducted research, and saw patients.

Understanding Regenerative Medicine

Dr. Fadi Bejjani serves as director of clinical research with American Cryostem, LLC, through which he develops clinical trials that apply regenerative therapies to serious diseases ranging from ALS to rheumatoid arthritis. Regenerative medicine takes an innovative approach to health care in that it focuses on revitalizing damaged or diseased tissues and even entire organ systems. Traditional approaches, in contrast, often are unable to address root causes of disease and are therefore able to treat only symptoms. With the help of cutting-edge researchers such as Dr. Fadi Bejjani, regenerative techniques may, in the coming decades, allow physicians to cure tough-to-manage conditions such as diabetes.

One regenerative technique that interests Dr. F.J. Bejjani and his peers centers on stem cells, which have the ability to transform into many different types of specialized cells. Given to this unique ability, stem cells could one day be used to replace important tissues throughout the body. Other regenerative therapies focus on harnessing the body's natural healing properties to repair organs.

Foreign Language Acquisition in Children

Medical professional and educator Fadi Bejjani has an extensive career in biomechanics, orthopedics, and minimally invasive surgical procedures. Outside of work, FJ Bejjani enjoys spending his time with his children and encouraging multilingualism using linguistic games and exercises over a wide range of languages.

It is possible to introduce children to new languages at any age, and with sufficient motivation and exposure, they may be able to attain fluency. Children can learn a foreign language in their first three years of life while still mastering their first language (simultaneously), or they can learn sequentially, having already achieved fluency in their mother tongue.

From birth to 6 months of age, babies can learn more than one language and show no preference. Their brains construct systems for each language that are similar in strength. From 6 months onward, they distinguish between language patterns and may show a preference for one. Sequential language learners, on the other hand, learn a second language after the age of 3. Sequential language learning usually consists of four periods: an insistence on using their mother tongue, followed by a period of silence, short utterances of words or small sequences, and finally, productive language use.

The Longest Winning Streaks in Tennis

Dr. Fadi “F. J.” Bejjani enjoys staying physically active when he is not working as the director of clinical research with American CryoStem, LLC in Eatontown, New Jersey. For instance, Dr. Fadi Bejjani regularly plays tennis.

Since the start of the open era of tennis in 1968, a number of players have established impressive and historic win streaks. Some streaks involve consecutive titles won. Bjorn Borg, John McEnroe, Ivan Lendl, and Martina Navratilova, for example, have each won eight consecutive tournaments at one point in their respective careers. Rafael Nadal took home the title at Monte Carlo every year between 2005 and 2012, the longest win streak at a single tournament in the history of the men’s game. Perhaps more impressively, Nadal won the Barcelona event in 2013 for an eighth time in a row, tying his own record. Navratilova holds the women’s record at one event, winning in Chicago nine successive times, starting in 1978.

In 1977, Guillermo Vilas set the record for most match wins in a row at 46, a number that has yet to be beaten. Novak Djokovic most recently approached the mark between 2010 and 2011 with 43 consecutive wins. Navratilova once again holds the women’s record, at 74 wins over the course of the 1974 season. Steffi Graf’s 66 wins between 1989 and 1990 is a close second, and Serena Williams’ 35-match win streak is the longest in more than 15 years.

The 2015 International Stem Cell Symposium in China

A former associate professor of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, Dr. Fadi “F. J.” Bejjani spent several years at the head of Advanced Minimally Invasive Surgery, LLC, and Cedars Occupational Physical Pain and Spine Medical PC. Now Dr. Fadi Bejjani serves as the director of clinical research at American CryoStem, LLC. He also maintains membership with the International Society for Stem Cell Research.

In collaboration with Cold Spring Harbor Asia, the International Society for Stem Cell Research (ISSCR) will host an international symposium on stem cells in Suzhou, China. The event, titled Stem Cells: From Basic Biology to Disease Therapies, will take place October 19–22, 2015, and cover a variety of educational topics.

The ISSCR's 2015 international symposium will offer details on some of the most recent stem cell research, such as genome editing techniques. Experts in clinical trials of stem-cell products, mesoderm and endoderm lineage stem cells, and pluripotent stem cell biology will share their knowledge. Speakers will include Sally Temple, PhD, of the Neural Stem Cell Institute and Austin Smith, PhD, FRS, of the Cambridge Stem Cell Institute.