SC 205 UCI STEM CELL RESEARCH CENTER: Policy, Ethics, Traumatic Brain Injury and Alzheimer’s Update: Class presentation available.

OLLI TBI Lecture - CummingsStem cell technology is beginning to revolutionize medical practice, heralding humankind’s next giant leap forward in understanding and treating illness. In fact, the core understanding scientists are gaining will likely be the key to further expansion of the human lifespan.  At UCI’s Sue and Bill Gross Stem Cell Research Center, researchers believe our growing ability to direct the design and engineering of cellular function will be the key to treatment of a number of currently incurable diseases and injuries, including traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, stroke, heart disease, cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, diabetes and more. But what exactly are stem cells, must they come from embryos, and what are the ethical issues surrounding manipulation of human life?

Monday, February 22: Stem Cell Research Overview: Policy, Funding, Ethical Safeguards, and Challenges

Presenter: Sidney Golub, Ph.D., Director, Sue and Bill Gross Stem Cell Research Center, UCI, and Professor, Microbiology and Molecular Genetics, School of Medicine

Wednesday, March 2: Traumatic Brain Injury Research Update

Class Presentation: Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Research Lecture – By Brian Cummings

Presenter: Brian Cummings, Ph. D., Professor and Vice Chair for Research, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation/Neurological Surgery, Institute for Memory Impairments & Neurological Disorders, Sue & Bill Gross Stem Cell Research Center, UCI

Alzheimer’s Disease Research Update

Presenter: Mathew Blurton-Jones, Ph. D., Assistant Professor, Neurology and Behavior, Sue and Bill Gross Stem Cell Research Center, UCI

Developer:  Marc Nussbaum


Monday, February 22, 2:00 – 4:00 PM

Wednesday, March 2, 10:00 AM – 12:00 Noon

Location:      Woodbridge Onken Classroom



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