An old saying notes that there is no such thing as a free lunch; however, the UCLA Broad Stem Cell Research Center is not only offering a free lunch but also a free seminar. An excellent opportunity exists for anyone interested in stem cell research next month at UCLA. On Friday, February 8, the 9th Annual Stem Cell Symposium “Stem Cell Pathways to the Clinic” will be held at the UCLA DeNeve Auditorium from 8:00 a.m. to 4:35 p.m. It is free and open to the public.
The UCLA Broad Stem Cell Research Center notes that significant advances in improving our understanding of stem cell biology are bringing the hope of stem cell based therapies ever closer to the clinic. The 2013 conference brings together leading scientists who will present the advances they have made in the fields of pluripotency and cell fate decision-making that bring new hope to patients with incurable diseases. Enrollment is limited and registration at the door is subject to space availability. UCLA anticipates that no spaces will be available on the date of the event; thus, early registration to guarantee lunch and seating is recommended. Boxed lunches will be served in the DeNeve Plaza Room.
Parking is available but limited in lot DD. All UCLA staff and faculty are encouraged to park in their designated lots and enjoy the walk to DeNeve Plaza in the northwest sector of UCLA. The UCLA Broad Stem Cell Research Center gratefully acknowledges the Bloomfield Family Foundation whose generous support made this year’s symposium possible.
8:00-8:30am: Check in/Registration
8:30-8:45: Welcome and Introductory Remarks; Owen N. Witte, MD, Director, Eli and Edythe Broad Center of Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell Research at UCLA
8:45-9:25: Directed Differentiation of Human Pluripotent Stem Cells; Gordon Keller, PhD, University Health Network
9:25-10:05: TCR Engineering to Regenerate a Cancer-Fighting Immune System; Antoni Ribas, MD, PhD, University of California, Los Angeles
10:05-10:30: Coffee Break – DeNeve Plaza Room
10:30-11:10: Chemistry for Controlling Cell Fate Decisions; Laura Kiessling, PhD, University of Wisconsin-Madison
11:10-11:50: Porous Silicon Nanomaterials for in vivo Imaging and Drug Delivery; Michael J. Sailor, PhD, University of California, San Diego
11:50-1:30 pm: Lunch and Poster Session – DeNeve Plaza Room and Auditorium
1:30-2:10: Genomic and Genetic Analysis of Specialized ATP-dependent Remodelers, esBAF and npBAF in Stem Cells; Gerald R. Crabtree, MD, Stanford University
2:10-2:50: Cell Fate Determination in the Vertebrate Retina; Constance L. Cepko, PhD, Harvard Medical School
2:50-3:15: Coffee Break – DeNeve Plaza Room
3:15-3:55: Building and Breaking Down the Neural Stem and Progenitor Cell Niche; Bennett Novitch, PhD, University of California, Los Angeles
3:55-4:35: Using Stem Cell Derived Human Neurons to Probe Mechanisms of Alzheimer's Disease; Lawrence S. B. Goldstein, PhD, University of California, San Diego
4:35: Refreshments – DeNeve Plaza Room
To register for the seminar, click on this link.