February 07, 2013

A research idea by Dennis Clegg, co-director of UC Santa Barbara’s Center for Stem Cell Biology and Engineering, is one of 10 winning submissions from a pool of nearly 500 entries selected by the National Eye Institute (NEI) for its Audacious Goals challenge. 

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October 29, 2012

Biomedical research at UC Santa Barbara has catapulted to a position of leadership in the arena of stem cell biology, offering progress toward cures for vision diseases such as macular degeneration. Stem cell research has the potential to transform the practice of medicine, by replacing diseased tissue with healthy new cells. Interdisciplinary teams of UCSB researchers –– including world-renowned faculty members recruited from the U.S. and Britain –– are leading the charge. The university’s newly renovated lab space is critical to the mission.

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October 16, 2012

Amgen founder Bill Bowes gives $5 million to develop stem cell therapy for ocular disease; donation launches EMBODI, new biomedical initiative

By growing new retinal cells to replace those that have malfunctioned, scientists hope to one day create and fuse entire layers of fresh cells –– a synthetic patch akin to a contact lens –– as a treatment for age-related macular degeneration, the top cause of visual impairment among people over 60.

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September 26, 2012

Congratulations to the new crop of 7 CIRM Scholars at UC Santa Barbara! After rigorous review, the Steering Committee awarded 3 Postdoctoral Scholarships and 4 Predoctoral Scholarships to support a portfolio of projects that includes investigation of stem cells in model organisms, human pluripotent stem cells, human adult stem cells, cancer stem cells, and bioengineering approaches to stem cell research.

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September 12, 2012

U.S. News & World Report has ranked UC Santa Barbara number 10 in its annual listing of the “Top 30 Public National Universities” in the country, and number 41 on its list of the “Best National Universities.”

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May 21, 2012

Dr. Clegg earned his BS degree in biochemistry at UC Davis and his PhD in biochemistry at UC Berkeley, where he used emerging methods in recombinant DNA to study the sensory transduction systems of bacteria. As a Jane Coffin Childs Postdoctoral Scholar at UCSF, he studied neural development and regeneration. He has continued this avenue of research since joining the UCSB faculty, with a current emphasis in stem cell research. Dr. Clegg is the recipient of the UCSB Distinguished Teaching Award in the Physical Sciences, and served as Chair of the Department of Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology from 2004-2009. He is a member of the UCSB Neuroscience Research Institute and Co-Director of the UCSB Center for Stem Cell Biology and Engineering. He is a Co-Principal Investigator of The California Project to Cure Blindness, a multi-disciplinary effort to develop a stem cell therapy for Age-Related Macular Degeneration. In thespirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience.

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October 05, 2011

October 5, 2011 was celebrated throughout the world as Stem Cell Awareness Day, with the goal of educating patients, students and researchers about stem cell research. UCSB sponsored a microscopy contest among local researchers to reward the most creative and innovative depiction of stem cell research. Congratulations to Dr. David Buchholz, whose images of neural “rosettes” derived from human embryonic stem cells won first place.

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December 09, 2010

A team led by Stem Cell Center Professor Ken Kosik has found that pluripotent cells can be defined by their microRNA expression profiles, and differences are related to expression of p53 and p53-controlled genes. Results were published in Cell Stem Cell, with Pierre Neveu and Min Kye as first authors.

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