Pasadena hosts international stem cell conference

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Pasadena will play host Monday through Wednesday to the 7th Annual World Stem Cell Summit. The conference at the Los Angeles Convention Center brings together hundreds of world experts in the field of regenerative medicine.

More than a thousand participants from 50 nations representing scientific societies, universities, medical philanthropies, industry organizations and patient groups are expected at the three-day stem cell summit.

"We have a hard science track where the scientists learn more science," said event organizer Bernie Seigel, "we have an industry track where we figure out how the science from the labs are going to be translated and we have a society track where we have the regulators, patients, medical philanthropists, funders all together, plus plenty of networking to try to actually solve the problems, remove the roadblocks so we can move this field forward."

The speaker panels include topics ranging from stem cell application to diseases like cancer, HIV and Alzheimer's to the potential cure for blindness, paralysis and the regeneration of whole organs. The conference is open to the public.