Public Symposium to Showcase How UCR’s Stem Cell Therapies Help Patients

Free event at UC Riverside on April 16 will also include a poster session

Human embryonic stem cells.

RIVERSIDE, Calif. – The public is invited to attend a poster session and symposium at the University of California, Riverside, focused on stem cell research performed on campus.

The free event, which takes place from 11 a.m. to 2:20 p.m. on Monday, April 16, in the Genomics Auditorium, will also give the public an opportunity to learn about the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM), the world’s largest institution dedicated to bringing the future of cellular medicine closer to reality and the organizer of the event.

The poster session and lunch will take place from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the foyer of the Genomics Auditorium. The symposium will take place from 12:30-2:20 p.m. in the Genomics Auditorium.

Constituting a class of undifferentiated cells, stem cells can develop into many different cell types in the body during early life and growth. Because they can repair and replace human tissue they have extraordinary ability to heal.

“Stem cell research at UCR is making possible cures and treatments that can bring tremendous relief to patients suffering from a number of diseases,” said Prue Talbot, director of the UCR Stem Cell Center and a professor of cell biology. “At the poster session and symposium, attendees will get a chance to learn about CIRM’s roles in developing new stem cell therapies, UCR’s latest stem cell research, and get better informed on its implications and potential.”

In addition to the poster session and short faculty talks at the symposium, CIRM leadership will describe the work of the institute and its grant-making activities.

Members of the public interested in attending the event must register by Monday, April 9. Registration can be completed here.

Speakers at the symposium include:

  • Deborah Deas, dean and chief executive officer of clinical affairs, UCR School of Medicine, and member of CIRM’s governing board
  • Gillian Wilson, interim vice chancellor for research and economic development at UCR
  • Maria Millan, president and chief executive officer of CIRM
  • Jonathan Thomas, chair of the CIRM Board

The event will also feature UCR researchers presenting a synopsis of their work.

Complimentary parking will be available in Lot 6.

About the UCR Stem Cell Center

The UCR Stem Cell Center advances the stem cell field by fostering basic and translational research and engaging in education and outreach. Research focuses on understanding the basic mechanisms that control stem cell function and deciphering how the tremendous potential of stem cells can be used to improve human health.

About CIRM

CIRM was created by the people of California to accelerate stem cell treatments to patients with unmet medical needs, and act with a sense of urgency to succeed in that mission. California’s stem cell agency was created by state voters in 2004 when they passed Proposition 71, authorizing $3 billion in funding for stem cell research in the state.

Media Contact

Tel: (951) 827-6050
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Additional Contacts

Kevin McCormack, CIRM
Tel: (510) 340-9147

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