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Stem cell expert to deliver April lecture

04-10-2013

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Dr. Alan Trounson, president of the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM) in San Francisco, is the final speaker in the University’s Topics in Regenerative Medicine lecture series for the 2012-13 academic year.

He will discuss the progress of CIRM, a $3 billion stem cell initiative created by 2004’s Proposition 71. The lecture begins at 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 30, in the University Union Ballroom. It’s free and open to the public.

Dr. Trounson is an internationally recognized expert in stem cell biology, and he pioneered human in vitro fertilization (IVF) methods and other reproductive technologies. His research led to the discovery and production of human embryonic stem cells and their ability to differentiate into other cell types.

Before joining CIRM in 2008, Dr. Trounson was a professor of stem cell sciences and the director of the Monash Immunology and Stem Cell Laboratories at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia. He also founded the National Biotechnology Centre of Excellence, also known as the Australian Cell Centre.

The Topics in Regenerative Medicine lecture series is presented by Sacramento State’s College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics and the Center for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Excellence. The series is funded through a CIRM grant in collaboration with the UC Davis stem cell program.

For event details and parking instructions, visit www.csus.edu/stem and click on the “Current Lecture” link under “STEM Lecture Series.” For media assistance, contact Sacramento State’s Office of Public Affairs at (916) 278-6156.

– Dixie Reid
dixie.reid@csus.edu