World Renowned Scientists and Advocates to Celebrate
International Stem Cell Awareness Day Offers Special Events and Launch of Interactive Website StemCellsOfferHope.com
Oct. 3 marks International Stem Cell Awareness Day, a global celebration where leading scientists, researchers and supporters will acknowledge the scientific advances of stem cell research and its ability to potentially treat a variety of diseases and injuries in the 21st century. This dedicated community is committed to unlocking the potential of stem cells and has made significant strides since the discovery of a method to grow human stem cells less than 15 years ago.
“This is a critical and historic time for stem cell research,” said Peter Donovan, Ph.D., director, Sue & Bill Gross Stem Cell Research Center, UC Irvine. “We’re literally on the brink of developing new treatments for some of the world’s most devastating diseases and injuries. The act of simply raising awareness about this research is one of the best things people can do to help accelerate the process. This event is a great opportunity for everyone to help spread the word and build momentum through a timely mass effort.”
Scientists at UC Irvine and other research facilities around the globe continue to work diligently to develop therapies to treat life threatening and debilitating conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease, multiple sclerosis, macular degeneration, cancer, Huntington’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, brain disorders and paralysis caused by spinal cord injuries. These efforts continue to give hope to millions who suffer from these devastating conditions by offering revolutionary treatments and potential cures.
There are several research programs taking place at the Sue & Bill Gross Stem Cell Research Center at UC Irvine that continue to break down barriers and open doors to new treatments for major diseases and injuries: