Regional Stem Cell Consortium Has Its Second Symposium

About 50 researchers from UCR attended the symposium at Loma Linda University

Photo shows Prue Talbot speaking into a microphone.

UC Riverside’s Prue Talbot, the director of the Stem Cell Center, gave welcoming remarks. Photo credit: Talbot Lab, UC Riverside.

RIVERSIDE, Calif. — A year ago, stem cell research laboratories at the University of California, Riverside, Loma Linda University and the California State University at San Bernardino formed the “Inland Empire Stem Cell Consortium” (IESCC) to enhance collaboration among the three universities and bring focus to stem cell work being done in inland Southern California. The IESCC had its first symposium at UC Riverside last year.

The second IESCC symposium, which was attended by more than 100 participants, took place April 17 at Loma Linda University.  Dr. Philip Schwartz from the Children’s Hospital of Orange County Research Institute was the keynote speaker and gave an exciting presentation on the potential to treat devastating metabolic diseases in children using stem cell therapy.

Some student members of the IESCC gave platform presentations and many students and postdoctoral fellows participated in a poster session followed by a session devoted to outreach activities.

The poster session at the symposium showcased some of the latest stem cell research. Photo credit: Talbot Lab, UC Riverside.

The poster session at the symposium showcased some of the latest stem cell research. Photo credit: Talbot Lab, UC Riverside.

Prue Talbot, the director of the UC Riverside Stem Cell Center, attended the symposium along with about 50 other UCR researchers.

“This year’s symposium was a huge success,” she said. “The Organizing Committee, which was chaired by Dr. Ubaldo Soto from Loma Linda University, did an outstanding job bringing our three campuses together for a terrific day filled with exciting  presentations, posters and discussions on stem cell biology. This symposium has opened new doors for collaboration and interaction between our campuses.”

The goals of the IESCC are to create a collegial environment for interaction of stem cell laboratories in the Inland Empire, to establish broad based training opportunities for students in stem cell biology, and to provide a forum for making the stem cell research in our geographical area better known to people in our communities.

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