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Retinal Stem Cell Symposium

World's Premier Stem Cell Scientists to Present Latest Research Here

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.

Pre-registration is required by Friday, Sept. 28. To register, please visit the symposium website at www.cedars-sinai.edu/research/retinalstemcells. For more information, contact Beeta Benjy at (310) 423-1202 or by e-mail at beeta.benjy@cshs.org.