Many reasons why you should attend this year’s World Stem Cell Summit!

This year’s World Stem Cell Summit is looking to be an amazing meeting and I highly recommend that you attend.

By going you can learn a great deal about stem cells whether you are a stem cell scientists or not. But in addition, the Summit offers the opportunity to learn a lot more including about stem cell policy and politics. You can meet some of the most amazing people and maybe even become friends with them, such as patient advocates. In addition, the speakers are awesome. Plenary speakers include Andy Grove, Rudolf Jaenisch, Chris Mason, Gil Van Bokkelen, Ian Wilmut. Talk about an all-star cast.

Hey, I myself am participating in a panel discussion at the Summit so you can meet me (just don’t throw tomatoes during the talk, OK?)

You can learn more about the summit by going to this link.

The Summit is held on an annual basis by the Genetics Policy Institute (GPI), one of the true good guys out there promoting positive and productive stem cell causes. CIRM is a co-sponsor this year.

You can look through the schedule here.

More info is below from my friends who are running the Summit:

The 2011 World Stem Cell Summit is happening October 3-5 at the Pasadena Convention Center in Pasadena, CA.  The 2011 Summit Organizing Partners include the City of Hope, Cedars Sinai Regenerative Medicine Institute, Caltech, California Institute for Regenerative Medicine, University of Southern California and the Consulate General in Canada in Los Angeles. Past GPI event partners include Stanford University, Baylor College of Medicine, the Harvard Stem Cell Institute, University of Wisconsin – Madison, WiCell Research Institute, Johns Hopkins University, University System of Maryland, Maryland Economic Development Corporation, University of Michigan, Michigan State University, Wayne State University and the Michigan Economic Development Corporation.

The 2011 World Stem Cell Summit interdisciplinary program is designed to cover the field’s most pressing topics including: progressive research strategies, translational and preclinical findings, cross disciplinary initiatives, drug discovery, funding opportunities (federal, public and private), commercialization plans, technology transfer platforms, venture capital insight, market trends, regulatory issues, ethical and societal implications, philanthropic opportunities, medical tourism challenges, cell banking projects, intellectual property landscapes, insurance questions, international perspectives, clinical use and the pressing advocacy agenda, and much more.  There will be stem cell science translation reports on Spinal Cord Injury, Paralysis and MS.  Diabetes, Aging, Cancer, HIV/AIDS and Diseases of the Eyes.  There will be 5 keynotes (Andy Grove, Rudolf Jaenisch, Chris Mason, Gil Van Bokkelen, Ian Wilmut), 5 plenary sessions, 25 focus sessions and an expert lunch, exhibit hall, a interdisciplinary poster session, networking receptions, and GPI’s annual awards ceremony.  GPI will publish its annual World Stem Cell Report as well. The 2011/12 World Stem Cell Report will have country, state and organization updates, as well as science articles.  GPI is producing this years report with the Future Medicine Group, publishers of Regenerative Medicine Journal.   See the 2011 World Stem Cell Report Table of Contents at

The 2011 World Stem Cell Summit will draw between 1500+ attendees from 30 countries, from research institutions, industry, ethics, policy, law, finance, insurance and many patient advocacy organizations. The exhibit floor will be comprised of over 50 companies, universities/institutes, organizations and other.  Over 250 institutions, state biotech associations, foundations and other not-for-profit organizations, media partners will endorse the Summit.  See more on the World Stem Cell Summit at 

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