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Nobel Winner Yamanaka to Speak on Stem Cells

Cedars-Sinai will host a workshop featuring Shinya Yamanaka, MD, PhD, co-winner of the 2012 Nobel Prize for his stem cell discoveries, in association with the International Society for Stem Cell Research annual meeting in June. Research abstracts for the annual meeting are due Feb. 13.

The International Society for Stem Cell Research, with over 4,000 members from more than 60 countries, is a cross-disciplinary, nonprofit organization dedicated to stem cell research. The daylong Cedars-Sinai workshop will be June 25 at Harvey Morse Auditorium, followed by the annual meeting June 26-29 at the Los Angeles Convention Center.

The workshop, "Advancing Clinical Trials With Stem Cells," is designed for scientists, physicians and those interested in the latest clinical applications of stem cell research. It will feature experts from industry, academics, regulatory agencies and healthcare, including Clive Svendsen, PhD, director of the Cedars-Sinai Board of Governors Regenerative Medicine Institute, which is sponsoring the workshop. Yamanaka, from Kyoto University in Japan and Gladstone Institutes in San Francisco, will be the closing speaker. He shared the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for discovering that mature, specialized cells can be reprogrammed to become immature stem cells capable of developing into all tissues of the body.

Registration for the Cedars-Sinai workshop is due June 23, with a registration fee of $205 for trainee members of the International Society for Stem Cell Research, $225 for full or affiliate members and $245 for nonmembers. The registration fee for the annual meeting, which does not include the workshop fee, ranges from $370 to $1,295 based on membership status and registration date. Regular research abstracts for the annual meeting are due Feb. 13, with a $60 fee. Late-breaking research abstracts may be submitted Feb. 19 to April 10, with a $90 fee.