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UC San Diego Health CIRM Alpha Stem Cell Clinic

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

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