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Dominican University of California and Zero Breast Cancer hosted a one-day conference at Dominican University of California on Saturday, February 9, 2008. This informative forum brought together internationally acclaimed stem cell researchers, public health professionals, public policy leaders, students and community members for an interactive exchange of information about current issues involving the ethics, policy, and science of stem cell research. The forum highlighted the abundance of stem cell research being conducted throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. Discussions focused on the potential benefits of stem cells as applied to diseases of broad community concern, such as breast cancer, fertility and reproduction, heart failure, and other diseases associated with aging.


Video Part One: Introductions and Keynote Speaker, Dr. Gilberto R. Sambrano, Ph.D.

Dr. Sambrano is a senior scientist with the California Institute of Regenerative Medicine.  He speaks about the political and legal issues surrounding stem cell research in California, and the role of the CIRM in distributing bonds for that research.






Video Part Two: General Overview of Stem Cells, Dr. Mohammed El Majdoubi, Ph.D.

Dr. El Majdoubi is an associate professor in the Department of Natural Sciences and Mathematics at Dominican University of California.  He gives a summary of the science behind stem cells, what they are, and what they can do.




Video Part Three: Breast Cancer, Dr. Mary Helen Barcellos-Hoff, Ph.D.

Dr. Barcellos-Hoff is a senior scientist and deputy director of the Life Sciences division at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.  She discusses the role of stem cells in breast cancer, particularly in reference to experiments done on the mammary glands of rats. 




Video Part Four: Diseases Associated with Aging, Dr. Xianmim Zeng, Ph.D.

Dr. Zeng is an assistant professor and director of the North Bay CIRM Shared Research Laboratory for Stem Cells and Aging at the Buck Institute for Age Research.  Her presentation is on stem cells and neural degenerative diseases.




Video Part Five: Biotechnology Perspective, Dr. Warren Hoeffler, Ph.D.

Dr. Hoeffler is the founder of the biotechnology company Xgene Corporation and an adjunct professor at Dominican University of California.  He speaks about the business of stem cells.




Video Part Six: Panel Questions and Answers

A question and answer session with all of the speakers.


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