The University of California, San Diego Stem Cell Program is using induced pluripotent stem cells to test new hypotheses of disease mechanisms that may lead to innovative preventative, diagnostic and treatment options for patients suffering from devastating neurodegenerative diseases.
In September 2006, UC San Diego established a multidisciplinary Stem Cell Program to capitalize on the University’s strengths in scientific inquiry, clinical translation and innovative faculty. Operating across disciplinary bA scientist manipulates an ordinary skin cell and is able to turn it into a neural cell that can be used to study Alzheimer’s disease and other neurodegenerative disorders.
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In September 2006, UC San Diego established a multidisciplinary Stem Cell Program to capitalize on the University’s strengths in scientific inquiry, clinical translation and innovative faculty. Operating across disciplinary boundaries, the UC San Diego Stem Cell Program works to dramatically speed the pace of research and solve major problems in disease biology and treatment by bringing together top UC San Diego faculty and community partners who have a common interest in stem cell research.
Lawrence S.B. Goldstein, PhD, director of the UC San Diego Stem Cell Program, is an internationally renowned expert on stem cells. He has testified in the U.S. House of Representatives and the Senate on issues regarding stem cells. Goldstein was also the co-chair of the scientific advisory committee to the campaign for California’s Stem Cell Research Initiative, Proposition 71.
Goldstein’s leadership enabled the formation of the Sanford Consortium for Regenerative Medicine, a collaboration between five of the most innovative research institutes in Southern California. Together, UC San Diego, The Sanford Burnham Medical Research Institute, The Salk Institute, The Scripps Research Institute, and the La Jolla Institute for Allergy and Immunology are working to expand collaborative work in stem cell research and facilitate its translation into clinical cures.
Private philanthropy has a significant impact on the University, the San Diego community and the world. Through funding for leading-edge research, recruiting innovative faculty, supporting students and training tomorrow’s leaders, the UC San Diego Stem Cell Program can achieve the extraordinary.