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June 23, 2016

USC Stem Cell researchers receive the inaugural Broad Innovation Awards

By Cristy Lytal

Two teams of scientists have won the inaugural Eli and Edythe Broad Innovation Awards in Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine at USC. This year’s competition provides $120,000 each to the teams for developing new ways to engineer and study what are known as “organs in a dish” or “organs on a chip.”

Since the 1950s, scientists have harvested organs from embryonic mice, and cultivated them in the laboratory to study their subsequent development—which is limited and abnormal. More recently, stem cells have provided scientists with a new tool for seeding self-assembling organoids, or miniaturized “organs in a dish.” Stem cells have also enabled scientists to create “organs on a chip” by arranging various cell types on inorganic scaffolds. These rudimentary organs aren’t ready for transplant, but they do provide new perspectives on mammalian organ development, repair and function.

Pushing the boundaries of this frontier are this year’s Broad Innovation Award winners.

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June 16, 2016

Los Angeles wins bid to host international stem cell conference

By Cristy Lytal

In recognition of its growing stature as an incubator for the biosciences, Los Angeles will be the host city for the 2019 International Society for Stem Cell Research (ISSCR) Conference. With the generous support of the Choi Family, USC Stem Cell will co-host the conference, and the city-owned Los Angeles Convention Center will serve as the venue.

“We are extremely excited to welcome the International Society for Stem Cell Research to Los Angeles for the first time ever and look forward to their 17th annual meeting in 2019,” said Mayor Eric Garcetti. “L.A. is the latest and most innovative bioscience hotspot in the state, and ISSCR’s choice is a reflection of the scientific advances occurring in our city today.”

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June 15, 2016

The Choi Family’s gift inspires USC Stem Cell scientists to “Return to the Beginning”

By Cristy Lytal

Twenty-five years ago, philanthropists Kin-Chung and Amy Choi marked the occasion of their 25th wedding anniversary by purchasing the sculpture “Return to the Beginning,” by renowned Taiwanese artist Yuyu Yang. Now in honor of their 50th wedding anniversary, they have donated the sculpture to grace the lobby of the Eli and Edythe Broad Center for Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell Research at USC.

“With the establishment of USC Stem Cell, I am inspired by your goal to reduce patient suffering and enhance quality of life,” said Kin-Chung Choi. “Amy and I would like to pass along this beautiful sculpture to USC Stem Cell in hopes that it inspires creativity in your medical pursuits.”

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