UC San Diego CIRM Alpha Stem Cell Clinic

  • Alpha Clinics Network Meeting at UCSD

    Geoffrey Lomax, DrPh, Senior Officer of CIRM Strategic Infrastructure (CSI), presents all 36 Network-wide trials grouped by their disease areas at the quarterly CIRM Alpha Stem Cell Clinics Network meeting on May 19th, 2017 at UCSD. Cancer-based studies have been the most prevalent across the network. In fact, UCSD developed cirmtuzumab (UC-961), a drug currently being investigated across 3 clinical trials for certain blood cancers.

  • Patient Advocate Event at UCSD

    Jennifer Braswell, Executive Director of the Sanford Stem Cel Clinical Center (home to our Alpha Clinic), answers an audience question among patients and other community members on April 20th, 2017. Read CIRM's review of the event which included Chair of the CIRM governing board, Jonathan Thomas, local patient advocate David Higgins, PhD and UCSD CIRM Alpha Stem Cell Clinic Director Catriona Jamieson, MD, PhD.

  • UCSD at CIRM ASCC Symposium at City of Hope, 2017

    Alpha Clinic members presented TED-style talks on our projects at the 2nd Annual CIRM Alpha Stem Cell Clinics Network Symposium at City of Hope on March 23rd. Watch the talks free on YouTube Pictured: M. Ghani, C. Jamieson, R. Kidwell, C. Kozlovich with co-author of Prop 71, R. Klein

  • Drs. Larry Goldstein and Catriona Jamieson with T. Denny Sanford.

    Dr. Larry Goldstein and Dr. Catriona Jamieson with T. Denny Sanford. On Friday, September 23, 2016, UC San Diego Health guests celebrated the ribbon cutting of Jacobs Medical Center. This exceptional hospital is home to the Sanford Stem Cell Clinical Center that includes the UC San Diego CIRM Alpha Stem Cell Clinic. Mr. Sanford's generous gift enables us to accelerate the delivery of regenerative medicine to patients with unmet medical needs--the mission of each CIRM Alpha Stem Cell Clinic. Alpha Stem Cell Clinic trials are now open at UC San Diego Health. We are thrilled to continue these studies in the new state of the art buildings for inpatient care at Jacobs Medical Center and for outpatient care at the Koman Family Outpatient Pavilion.

  • Alpha Clinic team tours JMC

    Alpha Clinic members tour Jacobs Medical Center before its official opening, where inpatients visits and Alpha Clinic trials will occur.

  • Alpha Clinic Advisory Meeting

    Two Alpha Clinic Advisors (Jeremy Pettus, MD and Michael Caligiuri, PhD) try out our interactive e-consent on iPads in the following demonstration.

Things to Know When Considering a Stem Cell Clinical Trial

Thinking about joining a stem cell-based clinical trial? Here are 4 things you should know before agreeing to participate. Remember, your doctor and the study team are available to answer your questions to help you make a good decision.


Third Annual CIRM Alpha Clinics Network Symposium - April 19, 2018

UCLA-UC Irvine CIRM Alpha Stem Cell Clinic will be hosting the 3rd Annual Symposium on Thursday, April 19, 2018 at UCLA Meyer & Renee Luskin Conference Center in Los Angeles, CA. Further details can be found here.

Recently, the Division of Regenerative Medicine at UC San Diego held its 4th Annual Symposium on March 9, 2018. Please see our Events page for more information, including upcoming footage.


Translating Stem Cells: A New Educational Course for Spring, 2018

The UC San Diego CIRM Alpha Stem Cell Clinic is committed to educating patients and professionals, including study staff. We are pleased to invite all clinical research professionals, from coordinators to physicians, to enroll in Translating Stem Cells (CLRE-237), a course offered via the CTRI CREST program. Enroll by April 30, 2018 to be considered. Please contact the CTRI CREST program with questions. The course may count as an elective in the MAS program, but applicants need not be enrolled in the CREST or MAS program to take this course! 



The mission of the UC San Diego CIRM Alpha Stem Cell Clinic is to accelerate the design of innovative stem cell research to advance the testing and delivery of safe and effective stem cell-based therapies in regenerative medicine.

For more information, please visit the CIRM Alpha Stem Cell Clinic on the UC San Diego Health website.



We are one of five “Alpha Clinics” in a network designated by the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM), the state’s stem cell agency. The UC San Diego CIRM Alpha Stem Cell Clinic is the cell therapy arm of Sanford Stem Cell Clinical Center at UC San Diego Health. We specialize in early phase, first-in-human trials. The Sanford Stem Cell Clinical Center also supports pre-clinical, laboratory, IND-enabling (clinical trial enabling), translational and related research and education in stem cells.

The Alpha Stem Cell Clinics are established to launch and conduct numerous, extensive clinical trials of stem cell-based drugs and therapies in California, testing products developed by independent California-based investigators and companies. These trials are required before any new drug or treatment can be approved for clinical use.

The clinics' unchanging goal is educate the public, raise awareness, and encourage understanding of stem cell science. This will combat “stem cell tourism” (the act of visiting domestic and foreign places to receive cell therapies which may not work and may not even contain stem cells) and will also combat the marketing of unproven, unregulated and potentially dangerous therapies. The clinics also help establish sustainable business models for future, approved stem cell treatments.




1-844-317-STEM (7836)

Betty Cabrera, MPH, CCRC
Clinical Operations Manager UC San Diego CIRM Alpha Stem Cell Clinic
Sanford Stem Cell Clinical Center
9500 Gilman Drive # 0695
La Jolla, CA 92093-0695
Phone: 858-534-5932
E-mail: blcabrera@ucsd.edu

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