Howard Hosts Special Conference on Stem Cells In Cancer

WASHINGTON (March 10) -- Howard University and Howard University Health Sciences host a special five-day lecture course on stem cells in cancer from Monday, March 14, to Friday, March 19, in the Tower Auditorium of Howard University Hospital.

The free course, “The Frontiers in Stem Cells and Regeneration Course,” is a dynamic, evolving laboratory and lecture course that includes the complete array of biological and medical perspectives from fundamental basic biology of “stemness” through preclinical and clinical trials evaluating human embryonic stem cells for therapeutic benefit.

The course is sponsored by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and designed for postdoctoral fellows, newly independent scientists and established investigators seeking comprehensive and sophisticated training in research strategies and state-of-the-art cellular, molecular and genetic approaches for advancing human embryonic stem cell research.

The course consists of daily lectures from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. from resident faculty and other invited speakers, discussions and informal seminars, laboratory exercises and demonstrations, and one-on-one tutorials.

The Stem Cells and Regeneration Course will exclusively use human embryonic stem cell lines on the NIH Human Embryonic Stem Cell Registry that are being routinely cultured at the Pittsburgh Development Center.

During the week, Pioneer Awards will be presented to three distinguished health clinicians:

Yvonne Thompson Maddox, Ph.D., the deputy director of the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development at the NIH (March 14);

William Brinkley, distinguished service professor, Baylor College of Medicine Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology, senior vice president, Graduate Sciences and
dean of the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences (March 15);

Dr. David Satcher, M.D., Ph.D., director of the Satcher Health Institute and only the second person in history to simultaneously hold the positions of U.S. Surgeon General and Assistant Secretary for Health. (March 18).

To register, contact Maya Holt-Brockenbrough at (202) 865-4802 or For a complete schedule of events, click here.

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