Experts In Human, Horse Stem Cells Join World Stem Cell Summit

Event Includes Horse Therapies For First Time

By Pat Bailey

Four UC Davis researchers with expertise in the application of stem cell science for therapies in human or veterinary medicine are slated to speak during the World Stem Cell Summit in Palm Beach, Florida, Dec. 6-9.

UC Davis researchers are exploring stem cell technology to treat both horses and humans. Photo by Karin Higgins/UC Davis.

UC Davis researchers are exploring stem cell technology to treat both horses and humans. Photo by Karin Higgins/UC Davis.

This will be the 12th consecutive year that the summit has brought together scientists, physicians and veterinarians, industry representatives and patient advocates from around the world to share medical breakthroughs in stem cell research, also known as regenerative medicine.

This year, for the first time, the summit will include an Equine World Stem Cell Summit, addressing topics related to horse health. The equine program will provide attendees with the opportunity to learn more about the equine community’s economic impact, as well as its influence on veterinary medicine and human health.

UC Davis speakers will be:

Jan Nolta, director of UC Davis Health System’s Stem Cell Program and its Institute for Regenerative Cures, speaking at 11:30 a.m., Dec. 7, about Progress in the Fight Against Huntington’s Disease;

Pablo Espinosa of the School of Veterinary Medicine, speaking at 9:30 a.m., Dec. 8, about Orthopedic Applications of Stem Cells in Equine Surgery;

Mathieu Spriet of the School of Veterinary Medicine, speaking at 11 a.m., Dec. 8, about Stem Cell Tracking in Horses and Other Large Animals; and

Dori Borjesson of the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine, speaking at 11 a.m. Dec. 9 about Equine Regenerative Medicine.

The World Stem Cell Summit, which annually attracts about 1,000 attendees from 40 countries, is designed to provide a complete overview of the stem cell field. It is intended to help accelerate the discovery and development of lifesaving stem cell cures and therapies. The summit agenda, list of speakers and related information are available at: www.worldstemcellsummit.com

The Summit is produced by the nonprofit Regenerative Medicine Foundation.

Pat Bailey writes about agricultural and veterinary sciences for UC Davis Strategic Communications. Follow her on Twitter @UCDavis_Bailey.

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