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Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine: The Science Behind Emerging Treatment Advances and Personalized Medicine

Tuesday evenings, June 22 – July 27, 2010

7:00 to 8:45 p.m., 513 Parnassus Avenue

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This course addresses several hot topics that foreshadow the future of modern medicine. You will learn when and how genetic testing informs the delivery of Personalized Patient Care and learn from a NASA Science Astronaut what important basic lessons space travel can teach us about cell biology. Regeneration of damaged tissues is one of the holy grails in medicine and stem cells might be an answer. Recently, there has been a growing awareness that behaviors of stem cells emerge out of the highly complex interactions of dynamic networks of gene regulation and proliferative control involving both the control within the cell itself as well as the cross talk between the cell and its surroundings. In this course you will get a look behind the scenes to learn more about stem cells and get a realistic insight into their potential as therapeutics of the future.

Course Chair Bio / Course Description

Course Chair: Marieke Kruidering-Hall, PhD
Associate Professor, Department of Cellular and Molecular Pharmacology; Co-director, Postdoctoral Teaching Fellowship Program


June 22

“It’s All in the Family” – Genetics in Medicine

Robert L. Nussbaum, MD, Holly Smith Professor of
Science and Medicine; Chief, Division of Medical
Genetics Department of Medicine


June 29

Immune Function in Spaceflight and Aging

Millie Hughes-Fulford, PhD, Professor in the School
of Medicine; Director, Laboratory of Cell Growth


July 6

Pain: It’s all in the Brain

Peter T. Ohara, PhD,
Professor, Department of Anatomy


July 13

The Promise and Challenge of Personalized Cancer Therapy

Martin McMahon, PhD, Efim Guzik Distinguished
Professor of Cancer Biology, UCSF Helen Diller
Family Comprehensive Cancer Center


July 20

Human Embryonic Stem Cells: A Primer

Susan Fisher, PhD, Professor, Obstetrics,
Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences, Center for
Reproductive Sciences, Human Embryology Stem
Cell Center, Broad Institute


July 27

Stem Cells: The Hope, The Hype, and The Science

Arnold Kriegstein, MD, PhD, Professor of
Neurology; Director, Eli and Edythe Broad Center
of Regeneration Medicine and Stem Cell Research,
Department of Neurology

13 Responses to “Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine: The Science Behind Emerging Treatment Advances and Personalized Medicine”

  1. Cristina Ferreira June 15, 2010 at 3:08 pm #

    I will be out of town on 07/20/10. Can I still register? Do you provide any kind of certification?

    • Matt June 21, 2010 at 10:57 am #

      Hello! Yes, you can still register but miss that single class. We will not provide any certification for this course which is a public lecture series and not an official university course. Hope to see you there.


  2. Sam June 16, 2010 at 11:04 am #

    This is the kind of stuff on NOVA. It’s going to be great to see the lecturers live and direct.

  3. Gerard J. Bourguignon June 16, 2010 at 7:46 pm #

    I am only interested in attending the last three classes in the course. Can I register and pay for only those three classes?


    • Matt June 21, 2010 at 10:56 am #

      Yes, you can register for the course as a whole or signup for particular lectures for a $15 per class rate. If you would like to sign up for these three classes in advance, please call our registration office directly and let them know you are planning to attend just the last three lectures. 415-476-5808.


  4. Pam June 17, 2010 at 12:56 am #

    If I miss the first class, will I understand the rest? Are there prerequisites?

    • Matt June 21, 2010 at 10:54 am #

      Thank you for your interest! The series is not scheduled sequentially so you do not need to attend one lecture to understand the following lectures. You can come to one or all of the lectures. If you can only make one, the drop in fee is just $15 a class.


  5. Corinna June 21, 2010 at 6:23 pm #

    I’m interested at the drop in class for $15. Where do I pay and can I pay the same day?

    • Matt June 22, 2010 at 3:20 pm #

      We welcome walk-in registration for this course. The cost is $15 and we accept cash, check and credit card. To sign-up on the day of the course, come to the lobby of 513 Parnassus and look for our registration desk. See you there.

  6. Corinna June 21, 2010 at 6:37 pm #

    I just got this in the mail, so I can’t even call in for information because the office is closed. But if anyone can tell me where exactly the lectures are being held and where do I register in person that would be great. By the way, I was thinking to register online but I saw an option for “student discount” (non-ucsf), so what proof do I need to bring to register in person. Thank you.

  7. Matt June 22, 2010 at 3:22 pm #

    Hi Corinna,

    If you would like to register as a student, please come to the lobby of the Medical Sciences building at 513 Parnassus with your student ID card. The student discount is $15 for the series with valid ID. Make sure to come a bit early because registration can be busy, especially on the first nights. See you there.

  8. Ellen June 23, 2010 at 5:32 pm #

    I attended Dr. Nussbaum’s interesting and fun lecture last night and was wondering if the course materials are available online?

  9. Matt June 24, 2010 at 12:53 pm #

    Hi Ellen,

    No, the course materials are not available online. You will receive the handouts for the lecture each night when you register at the front desk in the Med Sciences lobby. If you didn’t get them last time, please check with me at registration next week. See you then. Matt