Month: October 2013

Interview With Organizers of Tomorrow’s Berkeley Stem Cell Meeting

I’m really looking forward to this Saturday’s Berkeley Stem Cell Meeting. You should go! Tickets are just $5 and the lineup is great. This looks to be one of the best stem cell meetings in Northern California this year. Below is my interview with the organizers giving some background and perspectives on the meeting. 1. …

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Government Shutdown Turns Away Patients, Including Kids with Cancer, from Clinical Trials

The shutdown of the US Federal Government has a wide scope of consequences, all negative. However, some repercussions are more serious than others. One very serious side effect of the shutdown is that upwards of 200 patients per week are being turned away from clinical trials administered and overseen by various federal agencies including the …

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Two upcoming stem cells events I’ll be at this week

Most of the time we all get to interact electronically via blogs, email, Twitter, and so forth. There’s definitely something to be said for in-person interactions though. This coming week I’ll be at two events. First, on Thursday Oct. 10 there will be an event I’ll give a talk on stem cells at the UC …

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Interview with Roman Reed on Guv Grown’s Veto of AB714 Spinal Cord Injury Research Bill

Unfortunately California Guv Jerry Brown vetoed AB714, the Roman Reed Act that would have greatly supported spinal cord research. Roman Reed is of course a top stem cell patient advocate and driving force in research. Roman received my Stem Cell Person of the Year Award last year (See picture at right). The contest for the …

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UC Berkeley 1st Annual Stem Cell Conference

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I’m excited to report that UC Berkeley’s Student Society of Stem Cell Research (SSSCR) is presenting its first annual Stem Cell Conference. The meeting is supported by CIRM and UC Berkeley’s Stem Cell Center. I’m also honored to be one of the speakers. You can get tickets (very affordable at $5 each) and learn more …

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Vote For Stem Cell Person of the Year 2013 Finalists

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Vote For your favorite candidates for Stem Cell Person of the Year 2013 to Determine Finalists! And Happy Stem Cell Day! I’m using this occasion to introduce today an important element of my new book, Stem Cells: An Insider’s Guide, and that is a new international stem cell symbol and logo (see at right). More …

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Nominees for Stem Cell Person of the Year 2013: scientists, advocates, physicians, and the Pope

Nominations for Stem Cell Person of the Year 2013 closed last night and I ended up with a remarkable list of 30 nominees. I have included a few sentences about each one below, often taking verbiage directly from the nominator. The online voting on these nominees will start soon. The top vote getters will move …

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