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Georgia Stem Cell Initiative meets on MCG campus Feb. 10
Date:2/3/2009

AUGUSTA, Ga. The Georgia Stem Cell Initiative, a partnership of academia, industry and public officials to advance stem cell research in the state and educate the public about its impact, will meet Feb. 10 on the campus of the Medical College of Georgia.

The free daylong symposium is open to the public and designed to give participants an overview of the clinical potential of stem cells in areas such as stroke, heart attack and pediatric brain injury, says Dr. William D. Hill, neuroscientist in the MCG Schools of Medicine and Graduate Studies and meeting organizer.

"We want to build synergy among Georgia's already strong stem cell programs," Dr. Hill says of the dynamic field with broad therapeutic potential. That includes bringing together research universities, such as the University of Georgia and the Georgia Institute of Technology, with academic medical centers, such as MCG and Emory University, that can carry out clinical trials. As examples, UGA's Steve Dalton recently began collaborating with Dr. Hill and other MCG scientists in studies of the potential for stem cells to enhance stroke recovery and other conditions.

MCG researchers also will be working with UGA scientists and others to develop lines of induced multipotent cells that result from reprogramming of adult cells. In late 2007, researchers from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Japan's Kyoto University and Harvard Medical School began sharing their success at turning adult cells into the embryonic-like cells with the potential to become many tissue types.

This is the third meeting of the Georgia Stem Cell Initiative, which formed in 2007 and currently has 125 members who are faculty or trainees at Georgia institutions.

Preregistration is requested at http://www.mcg.edu/som/cba/gsci/ for the event that begins with breakfast at 9 a.m. on the first floor of MCG's Health Sciences Building, off Laney-Wa
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Contact: Toni Baker
tbaker@mcg.edu
706-721-4421
Medical College of Georgia
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