The Progress of Stem-Cell Research and Therapeutics in California
Jacqueline Ward, PhD
With the passage of Proposition 71 in 2014, California dedicated $3 billion to the advancement of stem-cell research and therapies. This investment has rapidly expanded our knowledge. Successes include the conduct of over 30 clinical trials, the publication of thousands of scientific papers, and a substantial economic boost for our state. There remains, however, some misinformation about what stem cells are and the regulation governing stem cells as a therapy. This presentation will cover the basics of the biology of stem cells, what they can be used for, and what viable therapies exist today.
Instructor: Jacqueline Ward, a scientist at UC San Diego, uses stem cells to study rare neurodegenerative diseases. She completed her PhD in 2016 in the lab of Dr. Albert La Spada and continues to work there. She also serves as Deputy Director of Public Policy and Scientific Programs at Americans for Cures, a foundation that advocates for stem-cell research and therapy development.
Coordinator: Steve Wyte
Course Number: OSHR-70078 Credit: 0 units
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Thursday, 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.