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The Atlantic Meets the Pacific | The Sanford Consortium for Regenerative Medicine, Oct 3rd

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Lab Tours

The Atlantic Meets the Pacific is enhanced by exclusive “insider” visits to groundbreaking research labs and interactive laboratories.

Registered attendees will select one of the first five labs listed below to tour on Thursday afternoon, October 3rd. Information on lab tour sign-up will be emailed to all registered attendees. On Friday, October 4th, all attendees will be invited to participate in tours at Calit2.

Please note there will be considerable walking, including up and down stairs, and standing at the various labs. If you need special consideration, please let us know and we will be happy to accommodate you.

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The Sanford Consortium for Regenerative Medicine,  Oct 3rd

The Sanford Consortium for Regenerative Medicine, Oct 3rd

Stem Cell Research – Witness Science as it Happens
2880 Torrey Pines Science Drive, La Jolla, CA 92037


The Sanford Consortium for Regenerative Medicine, a stem cell research facility, was founded with the mission of creating multi-disciplinary scientific collaborations. Coined “Collaboratory,” this environment brings together biologists, chemists, technologists, bioengineers, computer scientists, and clinicians from various institutions around the world to work side-by-side in a facility specifically designed to achieve breakthrough discoveries.

Stem cell research – a field of study that did not exist a mere 15 years ago – has the potential to revolutionize the diagnosis and treatment of many human diseases. Collaboration is vital to scientific progress, and at Sanford Consortium, bright minds come together every day to invent research tools and technologies that hasten the pace of stem cell research, and to discover and develop diagnostics, therapies, and cures that will relieve human suffering from chronic disease and injury.


Placental Pathology in Obstetrics
Mana Parast, M.D., Ph.D. Assistant Professor, Department of Pathology, University of California San Diego
Dr. Parast’s laboratory is interested in the development and function of the placenta, a unique transient organ essential for proper fetal development. The placenta is derived from fetal trophectoderm, which differentiate into various subtypes called trophoblasts – each with their own cellular characteristics and function. Certain trophoblasts facilitate oxygen and nutrient exchange, while others establish a blood supply for the growing placenta. Alterations in trophoblast can lead to placental hypoxia and insufficiency, and to various obstetric diseases and complications, including pre-eclampsia and intra-uterine growth restriction. By studying primary mouse trophoblast stem cells, primary human trophoblast cultures, placental explants, and human embryonic stem cells, Parast’s lab hopes to gain a better understanding of the role of several transcription factors involved in trophoblast lineage specification, differentiation, and regulation.

Brain Development and Mental Disorders
Alysson R. Muotri, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics and Cellular & Molecular Medicine, University of California San Diego’s School of Medicine
Dr. Muotri’s research focuses on human brain development and evolution, exploring mobile elements as generators of neuronal diversity. Using animal models, stem cells, and several molecular tools, Muotri’s lab investigates fundamental mechanisms of brain development and mental disorders, such as Autism Spectrum Disorders. His work has revealed that autistic brain cells have a different shape and structure, and have problems connecting to neurons. Going even further, he has shown that in the laboratory that autistic cells can be made to revert back to normal cells, something his team will next endeavor to show can also be done in a patient’s brain.

Neuronal defects in Alzheimer's and Niemann Pick type C
Larry S.B. Goldstein, Ph.D., Professor of Cellular and Molecular Medicine, University of California, San Diego School of Medicine.
Dr. Goldstein’s lab’s primary goal is to understand how molecular motors interact with, and control the behavior of, axonal vesicles, and to relate this understanding to the molecular basis of neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's Disease (AD) and Niemann Pick type C disease. His lab provided the first molecular descriptions of kinesin structure and organization, and recently discovered important links between the transport processes for diseases such as Alzheimer's disease and Huntington's disease. Goldstein hopes

  • 02 oct
    Wednesday, October 2
    Scripps Seaside Forum
    5:30 PM:
    Registration and Cocktail Reception
    6:30 PM:
    7:30 PM:
    Welcome and Headline Interview
    • Roni Zeiger
    8:15 PM:
    Big Data, Big Disease, Mining for Medical Breakthroughs
    • Russ Altman
    • Eric Horvitz
    • Steve Miller
    9:00 PM:
    Closing Remarks
  • 03 oct
    Thursday, October 3
    Scripps Seaside Forum
    8:00 AM:
    8:55 AM:
    Welcome and Headline Interview
    • Deepak Chopra
    9:30 AM:
    What’s next in Medical IT: Wireless Health and Wearable Trends
    • Todd Coleman
    • Mick Ebeling
    • Ian Shakil
    • Halle Tecco
    10:20 AM:
    Virtual Headline Interview
    • Siddhartha Mukherjee
    11:00 AM:
    Scanning the Horizon: Accelerating Innovation in Cancer Care
    • Scott Lippman
    • David Sadava
    • Christopher Slapak
    • Greg Sorensen
    • Kristiina Vuori
    12:00 PM:
    Buffet Lunch
    1:15 PM:
    Chronic diseases: How Technology Is Changing the Patient Experience
    • Pat Christen
    • Naser Partovi
    • Jordan Shlain
    • Peter Yu
    2:00 PM:
    Closing Remarks
    2:30 – 4:30 PM:
    Lab Tours (attendees tour one of five institutes)
    5:30 PM:
    Cocktail Reception
    6:30 PM:
    7:30 PM:
    Welcome and Headline Interview: How Far Away is a Cure for Cancer?
    • Clifton Leaf
    8:15 PM:
    Headline Interview: Transformative Trends in Medicine
    • Eric Topol
    9:00 PM:
    Closing Remarks
  • 04 oct
    Friday, October 4
    Calit2's Qualcomm Institute
    8:00 AM:
    8:55 AM:
    Welcome and Headline Interview: Future Trends in Technology
    • Chris Anderson
    9:40 AM:
    Technology for Social Change
    • Clark Gibson
    • Jamie Alexandre
    • Peggy Johnson
    10:20 AM:
    Headline Interview: Global Health and Global Threats
    • Laurie Garrett
    11:10 AM:
    Living Longer, Living Smarter: Innovations in Longevity Research
    • Kunal Sarkar
    • Larry Smarr
    • Deborah Szekely
    12:00 PM:
    Buffet Lunch and Lab Tours on Visualization Technology
    1:15 PM:
    Brain Mapping: Pushing the Frontiers of Neurology
    • Nicholas Spitzer
    • Kris Famm
    • Ralph Greenspan
    2:00 PM:
    Closing Remarks
  • *Please Note: All speakers confirmed, dates and times subject to change.
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The Locations

La Jolla, California

Scripps Seaside Forum

Find a Hotel

The Atlantic and UC San Diego have negotiated a discounted rate for our attendees at the La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club and will run a shuttle from the property to our various event venues. When calling for a reservation, please reference “The Atlantic Meets the Pacific”.

La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club
2000 Spindrift Drive
La Jolla, CA
(888) 828-0948

For a list of other hotels in the area,
please click here.

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