Monday, October 7, 2013

New UC Davis Video Features CIRM-Funded High School Stem Cell Researchers

The back-to-school ads have already receded and thoughts of Halloween, and dare I say it, the winter holidays are suddenly on the horizon. And yet, here at CIRM, we’re still receiving a steady stream of terrific stories from this past summer’s Creativity Awards, a stem cell research internship program for high school students.

The CIRM-funded program supported the training of 70 students from over 40 high schools at nine research universities throughout California. (Over the course of the three-year program the agency will have supported over 220 high school interns.) One of the participating universities was UC Davis, which recently posted a video, UC Davis Nurtures Next Generation for Stem Cell. The video features some of the Creativity Award scholars who spent their summer vacation doing hands-on research at UC Davis’ Institute for Regenerative Cures.

Stem cell research is still in its infancy so while I watched the video, it felt gratifying and reassuring to see that CIRM funding is prepping the next generation of stem cell scientists who will make regenerative medicine a standard method of care for the millions suffering with incurable chronic disease and injury. Program director Gerhard Bauer described these students and their stem cell futures this way:
They will actually be treating the patients, they will be developing the cures, and they will be hands-on manufacturing these cures.
In addition to news stories like this one, we also asked all of the Creativity scholars to describe their summer research internships through social media. You can browse our extensive archive of their Instagram photos, YouTube videos, and blogs on our website.

Todd Dubnicoff

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