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 Clinc 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.

    Drs. Larry Goldstein and Catriona Jamieson with T. Denny Sanford. On Friday, September 23rd, UC San Diego Health guests celebrated the ribbon cutting of Jacobs Medical Center. Scheduled to open in November, 2016, the high tech hospital will be 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. At UCSD, four Alpha Clinic trials are open. We're thrilled to continue these studies in our new location that will be complemented by a new outpatient pavilion by next winter.

  • Alpha Clinic team tours JMC

    Alpha Clinic members tour Jacobs Medical Center before its official opening, where the Sanford Stem Cell Clinical Center and Alpha Clinic trials will be housed.

  • Alpha Clinic Advisory Meeting

    Two Alpha Clinic Advisors (Jeremy Pettus, MD and Michael Caligiuri, PhD) try out our interactive e-consent on iPads as our data coordinator displays their use (Cory Kozlovich). Our last Advisory Meeting on February 10th focused on cardiology stem cell therapies.

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 (courtesy of CIRM). And remember, your doctor and study team are available to answer your questions to help you make a good decision.

Second Annual CIRM Alpha Clinics Network Symposium - March 23, 2017

The City of Hope CIRM Alpha Stem Cell Clinic hosted the 2nd annual symposium on Thursday, March 23, 2017 at City of Hope (Duarte, CA). Watch the talks today.

Likewise, the Division of Regenerative Medicine at UC San Diego Health held to their 3rd Annual Symposium on March 10, 2017. Please see our Events page for more information, including upcoming footage.

Translating Stem Cells: A New Educational Course for Winter, 2017

UPDATE: Registration is now closed. Thank you to those who enrolled in the inaugural course. More information for the next course offering will be posted when available.

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 November 18th, 2016 to be considered. Please contact the CTRI CREST (not the Alpha Clinic) program with questions. The course may also count as an elective in the MAS program, but applicants do not necessarily need to be enrolled in either the CREST nor 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 page on the UC San Diego Health website.


We are one of three “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. Outside the ASCC, Sanford Stem Cell Clinical Center also supports pre-clinical, laboratory, IND-enabling (clinical trial enabling), translational and related types of research and education in stem cells.

The Alpha Stem Cell Clinics are intended to create the long-term, networked infrastructure needed to launch and conduct numerous, extensive clinical trials of stem cell-based drugs and therapies in humans, including those developed by independent California-based investigators and companies. These trials are requisite before any new drug or treatment can be approved for clinical use.

The clinics will emphasize public education to raise awareness and 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 will also help establish sustainable business models for future, approved stem cell treatments.

See how we're improving the consent process by deploying enhanced electronic consent tablets.

An Overview of the UC San Diego CIRM Alpha Stem Cell Clinic



1-844-317-STEM (7836)

Betty Cabrera, MPH
Clinical Study Coordinator, UC San Diego CIRM Alpha Stem Cell Clinic
Sanford Stem Cell Clinical Center
9500 Gilman Dr. MC 0695
La Jolla, CA 92093-0695
Phone: 858-534-5932
E-mail: blcabrera@ucsd.edu

Alpha Stem Cell Clinic Network Links:

city of hope alpha stem cell clinic                  ucla uci alpha stem cell clinic              CIRM alpha clinics network