Getting high-school students excited about biomedicine on Stem Cell Awareness Day

By Susan Gammon, Ph.D.
October 3, 2013

On October 2, 2103, the Sanford Consortium for Regenerative Medicine hosted more than 175 high-school students for an overview of stem-cell research, discussions, and demonstrations to encourage interested students to pursue careers in stem-cell science.

Sanford-Burnham organized a full day of activities at the Sanford Consortium in La Jolla for the students to celebrate the sixth annual Stem Cell Awareness Day. The event was organized to educate students about stem-cell research, what stem cells are, and what researchers are doing with them to develop new therapies to treat diseases for which there is no cure.

The students, from High Tech High in Point Loma, Calif., spent the day touring laboratories, participating in discussions with researchers, and seeing how the world’s keenest minds work side by side, conducting research that will translate into clinical solutions.

After an initial presentation by Brian Tobe, M.D., Ph.D., postdoctoral fellow at Sanford-Burnham on “stem cells and biology,” the students broke out into groups to view stem cells through microscopes, watch time-lapse videos of neural stem cells moving in their environment, and learn first-hand how researchers perform scientific experiments.

The day closed with a presentation on careers in science by Nick Glembotski, a California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM) Bridges to Stem Cell Research Awards graduate, and Mike Fino, professor, bioprocess technology, Mira Costa College.

Celebrated by research institutions, patients, and educators around the world, Stem Cell Awareness Day provides insight into how stem-cell research and regenerative medicine have revolutionized the way scientists are using stem cells to diagnose, treat, and cure diseases both now and in the future.

The Sanford Consortium in La Jolla is one of the world’s leading stem-cell facilities and has helped transform California into an internationally renowned leader in basic and translational stem-cell research. The Consortium hosts researchers from Sanford-Burnham; the University of California, San Diego; the La Jolla Institute for Allergy & Immunology; The Scripps Research Institute; and the Salk Institute for Biological Studies.

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Susan is editor of Communications at SBP.


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