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Seminar Pushes Boundaries for Stem Cell Research

Seminar at UC Riverside Pushes Stem Cell Research Boundaries

Alan Trounson, president of California Institute for Regenerative Medicine, to speak at 4 p.m, Nov. 21

(November 20, 2008)

Alan Trounson is the president of the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine.

Alan Trounson is the president of the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine.

RIVERSIDE, Calif. – Alan Trounson, the president of the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM), will present an hour-long seminar titled “Pushing the Boundaries for Stem Cell Research into the Clinic” at UC Riverside at 4 p.m., Nov. 21.

The free seminar is open to the public and will take place in Room 205/206 in Engineering II. A reception will follow the seminar.

For more information about the seminar, please call 951-827-5903 or 951-827-5909.

The former director of the Immunology and Stem Cell Laboratories at Monash University, Australia, Trounson is a founder of the Australian Stem Cell Centre. He is one of the leading international experts in the field and an early pioneer of both in vitro fertilization and embryonic stem cell research.

Trounson developed techniques that led to the birth of the first Australian baby conceived by in vitro fertilization. He went on to found eight companies devoted to infertility treatment, biotechnology, and stem cells.

By deriving nerve stem cells from embryonic stem cells, he illustrated the potential of stem cells to treat neurological and other incurable diseases.

Trounson divested his interest in his stem cell company to avoid any potential conflicts of interest, as he advanced his academic research and governmental advocacy for the field.

“It doesn't get bigger than this,” he told The Sunday Age in Australia when he accepted the position at CIRM in late 2007. “This is the biggest job in stem cells in the world. It is a fantastic opportunity to be able to help … make stem cell therapies a reality.”

CIRM was established in 2005 with the passage of Proposition 71, the California Stem Cell Research and Cures Act. The statewide ballot measure provided $3 billion in funding for stem cell research at California universities and research institutions.

The institute is the largest research effort in the world devoted to human embryonic stem cells, which many scientists believe can help develop therapies for diseases such as Parkinson's, diabetes, and blindness.

UCR scientists have received approximately $6 million in grants from CIRM to date, with several more pending or in preparation.

For more information about UCR’s Stem Cell Center, please visit

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