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Stem Cells in Revolution: Transforming cell biology and medicine


World renowned authority on stem cell research Alan Trounson. Ph.D., speaks at MSU

Stem cell research and in vitro fertilization expert, Alan Trounson, Ph.D., will present "Stem Cells in Revolution: Transforming Cell Biology and Medicine," Wednesday, March 14, at 7 p.m., at Wharton Center for Performing Arts - Pasant Theatre.

Dr. Trounson is president of the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine in San Francisco -- California's $3 billion stem cell research agency.

"This is an exciting opportunity for MSU and our community tolearn about stem cell therapies from the leading scientist in the field," said Asgi T. Fazleabas, PhD, co-director, MSU Reproductive and Developmental Sciences Program. "We are looking forward to an inspiring evening hearing about the promise of the use of stem cells to cure human disease.”

The event is free and the public is invited. Sponsors of the event include the Michigan State University Reproductive and Developmental Sciences Program and the MSU College of Human Medicine.

President California Institute for Regenerative Medicine
Emeritus Professor Monash University
MSc (UNSW), PhD (SydU), Dr (VU Belg), FRCOG, FACOG

Alan Trounson, Ph.D., is President of the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine in San Francisco, California, the state’s $3billion stem cell agency. Prior to joining CIRM in January 2008, Trounson was Director of the Monash Immunology and Stem Cell Laboratories at Monash University.  Dr. Trounson founded the National Biotechnology Centre of Excellence – ‘Australian Stem Cell Centre’.  

Trounson received BSc(hons) and MSC at the School of Wool and Pastoral Sciences and PhD at Sydney University studying animal reproduction. He spent 3 years as a postdoctoral fellow at Cambridge (ARC Unit Reproductive Physiology and Biochemistry) studying embryology and embryo transfer in sheep, cattle, pigs and horses. He held various positions at Monash University beginning in 1977 - Director of the Centre for Early Human Development in 1985; Deputy Director Institute of Reproduction and Development 1990. He held a Personal Chair in Obstetrics and Gynecology/Pediatrics in 1991 and a Personal Chair of Stem Cell Sciences 2003.

He was a pioneer of human in vitro fertilization (IVF) and associated reproductive technologies; the diagnosis of inherited genetic disease in pre-implantation embryos; the discovery and production of human embryonic stem cells and of their directed differentiation into a wide range of cell and tissue types. He is currently driving basic research in stem cell biology and medicine and facilitating the translation of stem cell discoveries into clinical treatments for patients. He has globalized these endeavours by linking California to all the leading nations working on human stem cell science.