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UCSF Stem Cell Forum to Highlight State of Research

Five leading UCSF scientists will discuss the state of stem cell research – in fields ranging from cardiovascular disease and Parkinson’s disease to cancer – in a free public forum in San Francisco on Thursday evening, May 7.

The forum will be moderated by Dave Iverson, KQED-FM radio host and co-producer and co-director of the recent PBS Frontline film on Parkinson’s disease, My Father, My Brother, and Me.

The event will take place at the Westin St. Francis Hotel, Alexandra’s Room, 335 Powell St. Registration is from 5 to 5:30 p.m. The program runs from 5:30 to 7 p.m. A reception follows. Registration is required. Call 415/502-4337 or email.

The scientists, all members of the Eli and Edythe Broad Center of Regeneration Medicine and Stem Cell Research at UCSF, will discuss issues such as the steps that need to be taken to make stem cells a viable treatment for diabetes; recent advances that may allow scientists to produce cells in the culture dish that provide a genetic match for patients needing cell replacement therapy; the potential for targeting cancer stem cells; and the state of development of clinical trials.

The panelists include:

  • Harold Bernstein, MD, PhD, professor of pediatrics (cardiology)
  • Jeffrey Bluestone, PhD, A.W. and Mary Margaret Clausen Distinguished Professor in Metabolism and Endocrinology, director of the UCSF Diabetes Center, and director of the Immune Tolerance Network
  • Thea Tlsty, PhD, professor of pathology
  • Arturo Alvarez-Buylla, PhD, professor of neurological surgery, and
  • Arnold Kriegstein, MD, PhD, director of the Eli and Edythe Broad Center of Regeneration Medicine and Stem Cell Research at UCSF