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A BI-WEEKLY PUBLICATION FROM THE CEDARS-SINAI CHIEF OF STAFF Sept. 30, 2011 Issue | Archived Issues

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- Michael J. Alexander, MD
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Six Cedars-Sinai Scientists, Physicians to Present at World Stem Cell Summit

Six leaders in stem cell research from the Cedars-Sinai Regenerative Medicine Institute will be key presenters at the world's largest interdisciplinary stem cell meeting Oct. 3-5 in Pasadena.

The World Stem Cell Summit, co-sponsored by the Cedars-Sinai Regenerative Medicine Institute, is the flagship event for the global stem cell and regenerative medicine community.

The summit will feature more than 170 scientists, physicians, medical ethicists, legal scholars and technology transfer experts discussing the latest scientific discoveries, business models, legal and regulatory solutions and best practices. The event is expected to attract more than 1,500 attendees from 25 nations and 60 exhibitors.

Cedars-Sinai faculty members scheduled to present include:

  • Shlomo Melmed, MD, senior vice president of academic affairs and dean of the faculty of Cedars-Sinai, will give the summit's Welcome Overview at 8 a.m. Monday, Oct. 3.
  • Clive Svendsen, PhD, director of Cedars-Sinai Regenerative Medicine Institute, will update attendees on his work investigating the causes of and treatments for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), Parkinson's disease and other neurological disorders at 11 a.m., Wednesday, Oct. 5.
  • Leon Fine, MD, chair of Biomedical Sciences for the Cedars-Sinai, will speak about Hospital and Clinical Perspectives on Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine at 2 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 5.
  • Charles F. Simmons Jr., MD, chair of the Cedars-Sinai Department of Pediatrics, will moderate a discussion, The Outlook for the Cord Blood: All Things Considered, at 4 p.m., Monday, Oct. 3.
  • Eduardo Marbán, MD, PhD, director of the Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute, will present a session on Translational and Clinical Studies of Stem Cells for Heart Regeneration at 4 p.m., Monday, Oct. 3.
  • Nissim Benvenisty, MD, PhD, a research scientist at the Regenerative Medicine Institute who primarily works with embryonic stem cells, will participate in a panel discussion, Safety Issues in Stem Cell Therapies, at 12:15 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 4.

"Cedars-Sinai is proud to sponsor this unique and outstanding event that brings together industry, academia and patient advocates to discuss the real advances and challenges of stem cells and translational medicine," Svendsen said.

Dedicated to advancing one of the most promising medical frontiers, the Cedars-Sinai Regenerative Medicine Institute brings together basic scientists and clinicians to translate laboratory discoveries into effective stem cell and other regenerative therapies. It houses leading experts in neurodegenerative, metabolic, skeletal, blood and eye diseases under one roof with shared equipment and other resources.

"The unique combination of an outstanding hospital and rapidly growing research mission at Cedars-Sinai puts it at the cutting edge of the expanding field of regenerative medicine. We plan to move therapies from 'bench to bedside' by taking them out of the laboratory and directly into the clinical environment," Svendsen said.

The institute already has received a number of grants from the National Institutes of Health, the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine and the U.S. Department of Defense.