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October 21, 2014

Jon-Paul Pepper is a surgeon, scientist, student and award-winner

Jon-Paul Pepper (Photo by Cristy Lytal)

Jon-Paul Pepper (Photo by Cristy Lytal)

By Cristy Lytal

USC’s Jon-Paul Pepper is not the average award winner. He’s also not the average facial plastic surgeon, faculty researcher or master’s student — in part, because he’s currently all of these things.

At a ceremony held Orlando, Florida, in September 2014, Pepper received the first Research Scholar Award from the Educational and Research Foundation for the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS). The award provides two years of funding for his study on reprogramming skin-derived stem cells into nerve grafts for the treatment of facial paralysis. He’s tackling this project in collaboration with cell reprogramming expert Justin Ichida, assistant professor of stem cell biology and regenerative medicine at USC.

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October 15, 2014

USC rolls out the cardinal carpet on Stem Cell Awareness Day

Stem cell scientists win the popularity contest. (Photo by Cristy Lytal)

From left, visiting scholar Guangfang Wang, PhD candidate Keerthi Boddupally and research associate Vicky Yamamoto from the Keck School of Medicine of USC show that stem cell science is cool. (Photo by Cristy Lytal)

By Cristy Lytal

When asked why stem cell research matters, guests at this year’s Stem Cell Awareness Day gave many creative answers.

“Because it has unlimited potential to treat human diseases.”

“Because every part of us except the soul comes from stem cells.”

“Because it’s the future.”

Held on October 8 at the Eli and Edythe Broad CIRM Center for Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell Research at USC, this annual open house attracted more than 100 guests ranging from high school students to patients to alumni.

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