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While investigating a rare genetic disorder, researchers at the UC San Diego School of Medicine discover that a ubiquitous signaling molecule is crucial to cellular reprogramming, a finding with significant implications for stem cell-based regenerative medicine, wound repair therapies and potential cancer treatments. Full report here.

'Tooth Fairy' Brings Insight to San Diego Autism Researchers

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Baby teeth help autism researchers like Alysson Muotri, PhD, understand the condition. Muotri and his colleagues extract cells from children's teeth, then reprogram tooth cells into brain cells using stem cell techniques.

A Better Way to Track Emerging Cell Therapies Using MRIs

Eric Ahrens, PhD, devises a way to track the movement of cells in the body post injection. Ahrens is a member of the Sanford Stem Cell Clinical Center's Diagnostic Stem Cell Genomics & Imaging Program and CIRM Leadership awardee. More information on CIRM's official blog.

Dr. Larry Goldstein Reappointed as Director of UC San Diego Stem Cell Program

Chancellor Khosla is "delighted" to announce Dr. Larry Goldstein's reappointment on September 23, 2014: "Director Goldstein's vision and leadership have been central to the UC San Diego Stem Cell Program's extraordinary achievements and its local, national, and international prominence."

Sanford Stem Cell Clinical Center Will Transition Between the Lab and the Clinic

The Sanford Stem Cell Clinical Center at UC San Diego Health System exists to transform the enormous potential of stem cell science into real therapies for patients. More information is available on the UC San Diego Health System website.

Sanford Consortium is Home to Novel and Evolving Ways of Thinking and Creative, Changeable Approaches in Science

The La Jolla Light features an article by Dr. Scott Lippman on the Sanford Consortium's unprecedented collaboration of five leading scienfic institutions to advance stem cell research; "critical to catalyze major advances in cancer research and care."

Beatriz Freitas Awarded Hertzberg-Schechter Prize for Stem Cell Research

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The Hertzberg Schechter awards committee unanimously approved Dr. Beatriz C.G. de Freitas for the prize, valued at $10,000, to support a research trip to the Weizmann Institute in Israel to engage in collaborative research and seed collaborative research for two to four weeks. Dr. Freitas is interested in modeling normal and affected early stages of human nervous system development using pluripotent stem cells, focusing on human astrocytes. (Image: [left to right] Richard Hertzberg; Sylvia M. Evans, PhD; Beatriz Freitas, PhD; Larry Goldstein, PhD)

CIRM UCSD Training Grant II Call for UCSD Physician Fellows with Research Time Available

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The selection committee is seeking applicants who have an MD degree, are in a fellowship program at UC San Diego, have stem cell related research projects in mind, and have time available during their current fellowship to pursue them. Stipends are competitive, and recipients can perform up to 25% clinical service. Please email jbraswell "@" ucsd.edu for more info.

Larry Goldstein, PhD, Argues the Case for California Funding its Own Sci-tech Research

Larry Goldstein, PhD speaks at an event held by the California Healthcare Institute at the Salk Institute in July, 2013, covered by the San Diego Union-Tribune.

Eric T. Ahrens, PhD, Joins UCSD to Track Stem Cells in Vivo

UC San Diego appoints Eric T. Ahrens, PhD, to the Faculty in Radiology. Ahrens is the recipient of the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine's Research Leadership award. Ahrens was most recently a professor of biological sciences at Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh. Ahrens will be located in the Sanford Consortium for Regenerative Medicine, where he will work collaboratively with stem cell researchers to develop advanced techniques to monitor cell location and fate after delivery to the body.

Events

December 3-5, 2014

World Stem Cell Summit (San Antonio, TX)

December 6-10, 2014

American Society for Cell Biology (Philadelphia, PA)

December 9-11, 2014

Cell Symposia: Stem Cell Energetics (Berkeley, CA)

October 7-8, 2015

Stem Cell Meeting on the Mesa X Industry & Partnering Forum

October 9, 2015

Stem Cell Meeting on the Mesa X Scientific Symposium

Videos

Take a Tour of the Sanford Stem Cell Clinical Center Inpatient Facility

The facility at the Jacobs Medical Center is scheduled to open for patient care in 2016.

Yeo Lab Takes the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

Principal Investigator Gene Yeo and his lab take the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge to raise awareness about Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), a progressive neurodegenerative disease. For more information, visit the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge and Yeo Lab websites.