Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Photogenic stem cells on display at UC Irvine event @UCI

This image titled “Passion” shows young brain cells in orange and is part of an art show at UC Irvine tomorrow
At CIRM we have long taken advantage of the fact that researchers track stem cells by labeling them with various colors of florescent markers. When they snap pictures of the tiny cells the result is often a beautiful abstract image of growing and glowing cells. Our images, along with a collection from our image contest a few years ago, are all on our Flickr photostream.

One of our grantee institutions, the University of California, Irvine, has taken this enthusiasm for stem cell images to the next level. The researchers at their stem cell institute will be hosting an art show and reception Thursday evening featuring many images like the one above. That one is dedicated to “stem cell researchers whose enthusiasm for finding cures is like a burning flame while their brilliant minds remain calm and focused.”

Stem Cells Offer Hope is the official name of the art show. It will be at the Sue & Bill Gross Hall, a building dedicated to stem cell research and built with a major contribution from CIRM. It will run from 5:00-7:00, at 824 Health Science Road, Irvine.

The donation request is $35 in advance. To purchase tickets of to get more information, email jbriggs@uci.edu or call 949-824-1677.

I will be attending the event as well as a Huntington’s Disease advocacy event in Irvine later in the week, and will post some photos and notes.

D.G.

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