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STEM lecture focuses on "Tissue Repair"


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The next presentation in the Topics in Regenerative Medicine lecture series at Sacramento State will be at 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 17, in University Union Ballroom 1. This is the fourth and final STEM lecture to be held this academic year. The event is free and open to the public.

“Tissue Repair: Enhancing Bone Marrow-Derived Stem Cells for Novel Cell Therapies” will be presented by Fernando Fierro, stem cell research scientist at the Institute for Regenerative Cures in Sacramento. An expert in mesenchymal stem cell research, Fierro will discuss the use of bone marrow-derived mesenchymal stem cells in the treatment of bone, tissue and other types of wound repairs.

Mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) have great potential as therapeutic agents due to their ability to differentiate into many cell types, allowing for replacement of damaged tissues in autologous and allogeneic transplants. 

Advances in the understanding of bone marrow-derived MSC biology have led to improvements in determining optimal subpopulations, growth conditions and gene signatures for therapeutic purposes. Work on altering gene/micro RNA expression levels of human MSCs for bone repair, non-healing ulcers and limb ischemias, as well as the basic mechanisms involved in differentiation, proliferation and self-renewal will also be presented.

Presented by the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics and the Center for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Excellence, 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. Questions regarding the event may be directed to the Center for STEM Excellence at (916) 278-2789 or For more information on the Topics in Regenerative Medicine lecture series, contact Christine Kirvan at

For media assistance, contact Sacramento State’s Public Affairs office at (916) 278-6156.

– Alan Miller