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USC rolls out the cardinal carpet on Stem Cell Awareness Day

The annual open house offers art, research and networking opportunities

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.”

Stem cell open house 2014

Visiting scholar Guangfang Wang, doctoral candidate Keerthi Boddupally and research associate
Vicky Yamamoto show that stem cell science can be cool. (Photo/Cristy Lytal)

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

“Because it’s the future.”

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

All guests had the opportunity to enjoy stem cell-inspired paintings, sculpture and images; tour the labs; view research posters; participate in an array of activities; and nibble on light refreshments. They also mingled with researchers and faculty at the event hosted by USC Stem Cell and the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine.

“Our public events give us the opportunity not only to educate our friends and supporters about the research that we do here at USC, but also to come face to face with the real-world significance of our work,” said Andrew McMahon, who spearheads the university-wide USC Stem Cell initiative. “Whether it’s a patient hoping for a cure, a clinician waiting for better treatments or an average citizen dreaming of a brighter future, every person who comes to our events is a reminder of the urgency of our mission — to translate discoveries to cures.”

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