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Retinal Stem Cell Symposium

World's Premier Stem Cell Scientists to Present Research on October 1

The Cedars-Sinai International Stem Cell Research Institute, in conjunction with the Eye Defects Research Foundation, will host a symposium on Monday, Oct. 1, featuring an international line-up of world-renowned stem cell scientists whose research focuses on retinal degeneration.

The 2007 International Symposium on Retinal Stem Cells will be held in Harvey Morse Auditorium from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Lunch will be provided, and the registration fee is waived for all Cedars-Sinai staff and attending physicians.

"Recent scientific reports suggest that implanting stem cells in the eyes of animals may have the potential to repair damaged cells in retinal degenerations. This symposium will present the latest findings in this area and is the first step in our quest to foster research which could ultimately lead to cures for these blinding eye diseases," said Yaron S. Rabinowitz, M.D., director of Ophthalmology Research at Cedars-Sinai and director of the Eye Defects Research Foundation.

The Cedars-Sinai International Stem Cell Research Institute aims to bring laboratory discoveries from the bench to the bedside in the fastest, safest and most effective way possible. The symposium features 10 speakers whose findings in the field of vision research and stem cell biology have resulted in numerous publications in top-tier academic journals.

"The 21st century is recognized as the century of the cell," said Nissim Benvenisty, M.D., Ph.D., co-director of the International Stem Cell Research Institute. "Our aim is to encourage collaborations between stem cell investigators and clinicians to make cell therapy a reality for a large array of human disorders."

For more information, contact Beeta Benjy at (310) 423-1202 or by e-mail at Beeta.Benjy@cshs.org.