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STEM lecture spotlights neonatal stem cell research


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“Neonatal Stem Cells: A Window to Perinatal Health and Resources for Regenerative Medicine” is the topic of the next discussion in Sacramento State’s STEM lecture series.

Dr. Suzanne Pontow, co-director of the California Umbilical Cord Blood Collection Program at the UC Davis Health System, delivers the talk at 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 13, in the University Union Ballroom 1. This is the third of four lectures on regenerative medicine this academic year.

Pontow, a leading expert in neonatal hematopoietic and mesenchymal stem cell research, will discuss current research on neonatal stem cells, which function as building blocks during fetal life and can be isolated from the placenta, umbilical cord, and umbilical cord blood after birth. Often discarded as medical waste, these cells can offer a window to life in the womb and can be used to study diseases that become evident long after birth. Neonatal stem cells also are a source of cells for transplantation and tissue engineering. Current understanding and usage, as well as a new public banking option for California cord blood, will be presented.

This event, presented by the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics and the Center for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Excellence, is free and open to the public. The Topics in Regenerative Medicine lectures are funded through a California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM) grant in collaboration with the UC Davis Stem Cell Program. For more information, contact the Center for STEM Excellence at (916) 278-2789, email, or visit the Center’s website. For more information on the Topics in Regenerative Medicine lecture series, contact Dr. Christine Kirvan at

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– Ahmed V. Ortiz