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Symposium 2016


Joint Basic Sciences Research Symposium and Annual
Symposium of the Inland Empire Stem Cell Consortium (IESCC)

Date: Tuesday, November 8, 2016
Location: Centennial Complex
Sponsor: LLU School of Medicine Basic Sciences Department and the IESCC

About the 19th Annual Basic Sciences Research Symposium and the 5th Annual Symposium of the Inland Empire Stem Cell Consortium

The Annual LLU Basic Sciences Research Symposium is held every fall and is generally organized around a central research theme. This year Loma Linda University is also hosting the annual  Inland Empire Stem Cell Consortium (IESCC) symposium . Hence, we are delighted to organize this symposium together between LLU Basic Sciences and the IESCC. The IESCC is comprised of researchers undertaking stem cell research at the University of California, Riverside (UCR), Loma Linda University (LLU), California State University, San Bernardino (CSUSB), and the Western University of Health Sciences. Approximately 25 laboratories belong to the Consortium. The goals of the Consortium are to create a collegial environment for interaction and collaboration between stem cell laboratories in the Inland Empire, to establish broad based training opportunities for students including CIRM Bridges students in stem cell biology, and to provide a forum for making the stem cell research in our geographical area better known to people in our communities.

For this symposium we have invited an external keynote speaker, as well as others speakers to present their recent work. We have also invited students and investigators to present and discuss their recent research in a poster session. The presentations and poster sessions provide an excellent opportunity for incoming students to be exposed to the local research environment and provides a forum for which students and mentors can interact to discuss potential collaborations.

For this year’s symposium, the theme is “’Stem Cell Research and Novel Therapies". We are privileged to have Dr. Aileen Anderson, Ph.D. from the Sue and Bill Gross Stem Cell Research Center at the University of California at Irvine as our keynote speaker. Her talk is entitled, "Stem Cell Therapy and Spinal Cord Injury" and a mini-biography can be found here. Additionall, our Basic Sciences Symposium special guest and Ryckman lecture is Dr. Elizabeth Blaber, Ph.D. (NASA Ames Research Center) speaking on “Stem Cells in Space: Does Gravity Regulate Tissue Regeneration?”.  Dr. David Baylink, MD from the Division of Regenerative Medicine at the Loma Linda University School of Medicine will open the morning session. We will have two poster sessions to feature the research of our students and attendees, one at morning and one in the afternoon. We will finish with two parallel sessions in the afternoon, one of them will be a panel discussion organized by the LLU Basic Science Student Council, and the other session will be short talks on stem cells presented by students and post docs from the IESCC.

Registration ends October 25, 2016. Registration is required for all participants, so please sign up. For organizational and programming purposes, we recommend that you register according to your desired affiliation either to the LLU Basic Sciences or the IESCC. Other than the parallel afternoon sessions, the program will be the same for both the Basic Sciences and IESCC. Abstracts are also due by October 25, 2016. Awards will be given to the top three outstanding student posters. We look forward to seeing you there!


Christopher G. Wilson
Chair, 2016 LLU-Basic Sciences Steering Committee
Associate Professor
Division of Physiology, School of Medicine
Loma Linda University

Prue Talbot
Director of the Inland Empire Stem Cell Consortium
Director of the UCR Stem Cell Center
Professor of Cell Biology
University of California Riverside

Contact Information

LLU Basic Sciences
Christopher G. Wilson
Phone: 909-651-5895
Fax: 909-558-4029
Email: cgwilson@llu.edu

Ubaldo Soto
Phone: 909-558-7562
Fax: 909-558-4035
E-mail: usoto@llu.edu

For Poster Presentation Information:

LLU Basic Sciences
Kylie Watts, PhD
Phone: 909-558-1000 Ext. 83394
Fax: 909-558-4035
Email: kwatts@llu.edu

Juli Unternaehrer, PhD
Phone: 909-558-7691
Fax: 909-558-4887
Email: junternaehrer@llu.edu

For Symposium Organization:
Maria Villarreal
Phone: 909-558-7464
Email: mvillarreal@llu.edu

Jacqueline Brower
Phone: 909-558-4480
Fax: 909-558-4035
Email: jbrower@llu.edu