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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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."
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)
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 speaks at an event held by the California Healthcare Institute at the Salk Institute in July, 2013, covered by the San Diego Union-Tribune.
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.
World Stem Cell Summit (San Antonio, TX)
American Society for Cell Biology (Philadelphia, PA)
Cell Symposia: Stem Cell Energetics (Berkeley, CA)
Stem Cell Meeting on the Mesa X Industry & Partnering Forum
Stem Cell Meeting on the Mesa X Scientific Symposium
The facility at the Jacobs Medical Center is scheduled to open for patient care in 2016.
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.