Broad Stem Cell Research Center Annual Symposium
The Annual Stem Cell Symposium features leading national and international scientists who are experts in the field of stem cell science and regenerative medicine. The Symposium is free and open to the public, but pre-registration is required.

The 10th Annual Stem Cell Symposium “Cancer, Stem Cells & the Immune Response” will be held Friday, January 31, 2014 at DeNeve Auditorium on the UCLA campus.

The 2014 conference will be honoring Dr. Owen Witte (Director, Broad Stem Cell Research Center), for his significant contributions to stem cell research and the scientific community.

Featured Speakers include:
David Baltimore, PhD (California Institute of Technology)
Sanaz Memarzadeh, MD, PhD (University of California, Los Angeles)
Ann Marie Pendergast, PhD (Duke University)
Caius G. Radu, MD (University of California, Los Angeles)
David J. Rawlings, MD (University of Washington)
Charles L. Sawyers, MD (Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center)
Inder M. Verma, PhD (Salk Institute)
Irving L. Weissman, MD (Stanford University)

Our past nine annual conferences have encompassed Molecular Biology and Therapeutics of Stem Cells (2005), Cancer Stem Cells (2006), Developmental Biology and Stem Cells (2007), Stem Cell Regulation and Reprogramming (2008), Stem Cells: From Pluripotency to Tissue Regeneration (2009), Stem Cells and Development: From the Lab to the Clinic (2010), Stem Cells: Basic Biology to Translational Medicine (2011), Stem Cells and Cancer: Shared Paths, Different Destinations (2012) and Stem Cell Pathways to the Clinic (2013). The meetings have been extremely successful with more than 400 attendees and have included notable local, national and international speakers.

For more information on the Symposium, please visit:

Presented by the Eli & Edythe Broad Center of Regenerative Medicine & Stem Cell Research, Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center, and in cooperation with UCLA Extension


"Transforming Medicine: An Evening with UCLA Stem Cell Scientists"

Tuesday | October 22, 2013
6.30PM - 8.30PM
Ronald Reagan Medical Center
Tamkin Auditorium (B-130)
757 Westwood Plaza

This important evening will highlight the developing therapeutic applications of stem cells and the accomplishments of the UCLA stem cell research community.

Featured Speakers:
Daniel Geschwind, MD, PhD
Director, Center for Autism Research and Treatment (CART); Professor, Neurology, Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences
"Autism: Disease in a Dish"
Donald B. Kohn, MD
Director, UCLA Human Gene Medicine Program; Professor, MIMG/Pediatrics
"Sickle Cell Disease: Gene Therapy"
Antoni Ribas, MD, PhD
Director, JCCC Tumor Immunology Program Area; Professor, Department of Medicine, Hematology/Oncology
"Cancer: Engineering Immunity"
Owen Witte, MD
Director, Eli & Edythe Broad Center of Regenerative Medicine & Stem Cell Research at UCLA

Special Guests:
Jonathan Thomas, PhD, JD
Chairman of the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM)
A. Eugene Washington, MD, MSc
Vice Chancellor, UCLA Health Sciences; Dean, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA

Reception following program at 8.00PM


"Oncolytic Viruses: Killing Cancer by Infection"

DATE: Monday, September 23, 2013
TIME: 9:00AM - 1:00PM
LOCATION: California NanoSystems Institute (CNSI) Auditorium, UCLA

Featured speakers
Antonio Chiocca, MD, PhD (Brigham and Women's)
Robert S. Coffin, MD (Founder, BioVex)
Nori Kasahara, MD, PhD (UCLA)
David Kirn, MD (Founder, Jennerex)
Donald B. Kohn, MD (Director, UCLA Human Gene Medicine Program)
Stephen J. Russell, MD, PhD (Mayo Clinic)

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Sponsored by the UCLA Human Gene Medicine Program
For further information contact: Dr. Sylvia Kiertscher, (310) 206-8318,



The UCLA Broad Stem Cell Research Center is a proud sponsor of the World Stem Cell Summit. The Summit is the largest interdisciplinary meeting of stem cell stakeholders, with an overarching purpose of fostering biomedical research and investment targeting cures.

DATE: December 4-6, 2013

Program and Registration Information:


Broad Centers’ Retreat
In order to advance the stem cell research field, the Broad Foundations have generously named three stem cell centers in California: UCLA, USC and UCSF. The retreat provides a unique opportunity for faculty, postdocs, and graduate students from each stem cell center to meet in an informal setting to share their research and foster future scientific collaborations.

The next tri-institutional Broad Centers’ Retreat will be held from April 14-16, 2014 at the Asilomar Conference Grounds in Pacific Grove on the Monterey Peninsula.