Stem Cell Awareness Day

Stem Cell Awareness Day 2014

Every family knows they are one phone call or one diagnosis away from needing what stem cell research can yield for us.

- Nancy Pelosi, U.S. House of Representatives

Wednesday, October 8, 2014 marks Stem Cell Awareness Day, which brings together organizations and individuals around the world working to ensure that we realize the benefits of one of the most promising fields of science in our time. The day is a unique global opportunity to foster greater understanding about stem cell research and the range of potential applications for disease and injury.

For the millions of people around the world who suffer from incurable diseases and injury, Stem Cell Awareness Day is a day to celebrate the scientific advances made to-date and be hopeful of what is yet to come.

Research and academic institutions and educators are encouraged to participate by hosting public talks and other activities and events in their community.  In particular, we encourage efforts to get stem cell researchers into high school classrooms that day.

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2014 Events


University of California, Berkeley

"Culturing a Stem Cell Community," a conference hosted by the UC Berkeley Student Society for Stem Cell Research, will feature talks by industry scientists, clinical study principal investigators and patient advocates, as well as student poster presentations.  Saturday, October 4, 2013, 10:00AM-5:00 PM, Li Ka Shing Center, UC Berkeley campus. For a full list of speakers please visit:!program/ctlb


Events from 2013


California Institute for Regenerative Medicine

California’s stem cell agency has coordinated getting the researchers it funds at institutions around the state into high school classrooms October 8. They will deliver guest lectures to more than 75 classes that day in cities up and down the state. The agency expects to reach nearly 3,000 students that day.

University of California, Los Angeles

On October 22. UCLA will be hosting “Transforming Medicine: An Evening with UCLA Stem Cell Scientists.” The event begins at 6:30 and will be at the UCLA Ronald Reagan Medical Center, Tamkin Auditorium [B-130], 757 Westwood Plaza, in Los Angeles. Speakers will include: Daniel Geschwind, Donald Kohn, and Antoni Ribas, as well as CIRM chairman Jonathan Thomas. A reception will follow. Please RSVP to

Sanford Consortium for Regenerative Medicine

On October 8 the San Diego consortium will host more than 200 high school students for an overview presentation on stem cells, discussion of the path to careers in stem cell science and laboratory tours.

Scripps Research Institute

Scripps will be hosting a public talk and question-and-answer session on stem cell research in Parkinson’s Disease October 2 from 2:00-3:00. It will be at 3030 Science Park Road, 2nd floor conference room. Refreshments will follow the talk. For more information contact Suzanne Peterson at

San Diego State University

SDSU will be hosting the campus community as well as the surrounding neighborhoods for a symposium on October 2, at 5:30 pm in the Shirley BioScience Center at 5500 Campanile Drive.

Speakers include: Ralph Feuer on influences of virus on stem cells, Suzanne Peterson on stem cells and Parkinson's disease, and two alumni from the SDSU/CIRM Bridges program that provides stem cell research internships for undergraduates. Nick Glembotski will discuss how stem cells are helping treat osteoarthritis and Susanne Montag will talk about research on endangered species being conducted at the San Diego Zoo.

University of Southern California Stem Cell Division

USC will be hosting a Stem Cell Social Friday October 25 from 3:30 to 5:00 at the Eli and Edyth Broad CIRM Center for Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell Research, 1425 San Pablo Street, Los Angeles, in the first floor lobby. Researchers, clinicians and the public are invited to view research posters and mingle with the USC stem cell faculty.

USC’s Stem Cell Tuesday Seminars during October will feature the following guest speakers at noon:

  • October 1, Philipp Kaldis, of the Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology in Singapore
  • October 15, Andrew Brack of Harvard and Massachusetts General Hospitals
  • October 22, Su Guo of the University of California, San Francisco
  • October 29, Richard Harland of the University of California, Berkeley

All are open to the public at the Broad Center at 1425 San Pablo Street, Los Angeles in the 1st floor seminar room.

University of California, Irvine, Stem Cell Research Center

The UCI Center will host an open house October 2 from 1:00 to 3:00. Members of the UCI campus, patient groups and the local community are welcome. They will offer lab tours, a “meet the scientist” session, viewing of posters from young researchers, and brief talks by Sidney Golub, director of the center and others. Refreshments will be served. The Center is in the Sue and Bill Gross Hall at 845 Health Sciences Road on the UCI campus. For more information call 949-824-9621.

University of California, Davis

On September 26, stem cell scientists from Davis staffed a table at the community Farmers Market highlighting ongoing and planned clinical trials at the campus.

University of California, Berkeley

"Culturing a Stem Cell Community," a conference hosted by the UC Berkeley Student Society for Stem Cell Research, will feature talks by industry scientists, clinical study principal investigators and patient advocates, as well as student poster presentations.  Saturday, October 12, 2013, 9:00AM-5:00 PM, Li Ka Shing Center, UC Berkeley campus. For a full list of speakers and poster presenters visit:

Tickets are available at:

University of California,  Santa Barbara

UCSB’s stem cell center co-director Dennis Clegg will give a public lecture at Santa Barbara City College September 28. 

Bay Area Science Festival, Bay Area Biotechnology Education Consortium & CIRM

CIRM has paired up with two Bay Area wide groups to host a students and parents from several local high schools on October 29 for talks and discussion on Current Research & Applications for Stem Cells. The event will be at Los Altos High School, with refreshments available at 6:00 and the discussion running from 6:30 to 8:00. Speakers included CIRM science officer Zachary Scheiner and Stanford’s Julie baker. For more information go to

United States

Missouri Cures Educational Foundation

MCEF will be hosting a seminar “Accelerating Cures in Our Community” from 8:00 to 9:00 in the morning on October 2.  Speakers will include Dr. Betty Drees, Dr. Nelson Sabates and Anne Foundas. Continental breakfast will be served beginning at 7:30. Event will be at the University of Missouri, Kansas City School of Medicine Theatre A, 2411 Holmes, Kansas City. Please RSVP online at
Or call 314/993-1900

Maryland Stem Cell Research Fund

The MSCRF will be hosting The Sickle Cell Summit: Sickle Cell Disease in Maryland, How Can we Optimize Therapy and Care? on September 24 at the Baltimore Washington International airport Marriott in Linthicum Heights Maryland. It will feature panels on research, including stem cell approaches, and on prevention and advocacy. For more information and to register:

University of Wisconsin

University of Wisconsin will be presenting an interactive exhibit from now through the fall semester at the Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery, 330 N. Orchard St., Madison, WI.  The Exhibit is titled “Exploring solutions for Parkinson’s Disease.

At the same venue, UW’s stem cell researchers will participate at Saturday Science Discovery on October 5 from 10:00 to noon. Saturday Science at Discovery is a monthly series that consists of free science exploration and education programs aimed at families and learners of all ages. More information is available on their website

Texas Cures Education Foundation

The foundation is promoting Stem Cell Day events around the world on its homepage.


Brazilian Association for Cellular Therapy (ABTCEL)

ABTCEL will host the symposium “Stem Cells: From quality control to novel derivation procedures” for the research community in Brazil. The October 17-19 event will take place at the Hotel Atlantico Buzious in Rio de Janeiro. More information is available on their website.  

Canadian Stem Cell Network

Till & McCulloch Meeting

The network is hosting this year’s Till & McCulloch Meetings October 23-25 at the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel in Banff Alberta.  The meetings are designed for stem cell scientists, clinicians, bioengineers, ethicists and representatives from industry and government. More information is available on their website

StemCellShorts video launch

StemCellShorts is a series of animated short videos, each under two minutes, that introduce basic concepts in stem cell research. The first three videos, supported by a public outreach grant from Canada's Stem Cell Network, will be released in fall 2013, with an additional five videos currently in production.

  • Sept 27: Online launch of "What is a stem cell?" animated short video on Signals Blog
  • October 11: Online launch of "What is an embryonic stem cell?" animated short video on Signals Blog
  • October 25: Online launch of "What is an induced pluripotent stem cell?" animated short video on Signals Blog

StemCellTalks is an outreach initiative established to facilitate knowledge transfer between academia and high school students pertaining to the science and practical ethics of stem cells. StemCellTalks volunteers will be speaking to high school students in 6 cities across Canada as part of Stem Cell Awareness Day. Please visit to learn more.

Irish Stem Cell Foundation

The Foundation will conduct a sponsored national media campaign through radio, TV and print highlighting how to get accurate stem cell information and avoid potential dangers of stem cell tourism. A key issue remains Ireland's comparative underdevelopment of stem cell legislation and we shall discuss the negative implications of this on the regenerative medicine sector in Ireland. The Foundation will also issue a press release reminding Government of its promise to introduce legislation in the lifetime of the current Government.

On October 2, in association with the One Health Society, the Irish Stem Cell Foundation will conduct a public session at University College Dublin on the state of the art of stem cell research globally from both a scientific, medical and financial perspective. More at


This partnership of over 90 European stem cell labs was created to coordinate engagement with the public about stem cell research. Its members will be actively talking about Stem Cell Day on social media.

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