Asilomar is known in the field of biomedical sciences as a great place to go for small meetings.
I was there recently for the First Annual Bay Area Stem Cell Conference, which I helped to organize. It was an exciting meeting and all the presenters (except keynoters) were trainees. The amount of great stem cell science being done by these and other young researchers is amazing. They are the future of science and medicine.
From the data presented at the meeting, one could also see the many potential translational paths to the bedside. These kinds of bench-to-bedside connections ranged from development of treatments for genetic diseases to new insights into different types of cancer to heart disease research to efforts at increased milk production for women having trouble nursing. That last topic was probably the most unexpected for me. The presentations included almost every type of stem cells.
Overall, the science was great.
Asilomar also has a beautiful beach. It’s just south of Monterey, but I’ve never seen so many shells on the beaches in Monterey. More generally, I always find the beach to be like a magnet for me and I enjoy taking photos (you can see some past nature and garden photos here). In this post I’ve included a few of my favorite pics from a walk on the beach on this recent visit to Asilomar.
Anyone know what plants these flowers are?
They must be incredibly salt tolerant to be right on the beach dunes.
The “stars” on the yellow flowers looked like the sugary parts of Lucky Charms cereal.