The International Society for Stem Cell Research (ISSCR) is pleased to announce it will hold its 2019 annual meeting in Los Angeles, the first time the organization will be meeting in that city.
The meeting is expected to draw more than 3,000 stem cell researchers and professionals from around the globe to the Los Angeles Convention Center 26-29 June, 2019.
“Los Angeles offers a rich scientific and cultural backdrop for the ISSCR’s 2019 meeting and we were delighted by the enthusiasm we received from local government, the biotech industry and the scientific and health communities,” said ISSCR CEO Nancy Witty. “We are excited to have USC Stem Cell’s world-class scientists as our co-sponsor, and we are grateful to Mr. Kin-Chung Choi for his generous support to make this possible.”
A leader in promoting scientific advances, USC Stem Cell is a collaborative initiative that brings together nearly 100 research and clinical faculty members from across the University of Southern California to translate the potential of stem cell research to the clinic. The initiative is supported by Hong Kong-based businessman and philanthropist Kin-Chung Choi, who extended his “thanks to USC for giving me this rare opportunity to support stem cell researchers from all over the world.”
Rohit Varma, M.D., M.P.H., interim dean of the Keck School of Medicine of USC and director of the USC Roski Eye Institute, underscored how the conference will benefit not only stem cell researchers, but also the patients they will ultimately serve.
“We are honored to welcome the international community of leading stem cell researchers to the 2019 ISSCR Conference in Los Angeles,” he said. “By bringing together these exceptional scientific minds, the conference will serve as an incubator for new ideas and research collaborations, which will eventually translate into better, more creative therapies for patients.”
In addition to being the home of USC, L.A. and the surrounding area is the location of several other major research universities, institutions, academic medical centers and hospitals, including: the California Institute of Technology; Cedars-Sinai Medical Center; Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA); City of Hope; University of California, Irvine (UCI); University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA); University of California, Riverside (UCR); and University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB).
“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.”
The ISSCR is the premier international society for stem cell science, an organization dedicated to helping advance research toward new therapies. The ISSCR’s annual meeting provides an opportunity for approximately 3,000 scientists, clinicians, educators and industry professionals from over around the globe to share new data, learn from peers and discover global advances within the stem cell field.