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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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November 15, 2010

An international collaboration between UC Santa Barbara, the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California (USC), and several other research institutions, is bringing together leaders in the fields of stem cell biology, basic science, and ophthalmology to develop a treatment for blindness caused by age-related macular degeneration.

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October 28, 2009

The California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM) and UK Medical Research Council (MRC) are funding a $20 million multi-institutional grant on vision research. UC Santa Barbara will receive $2.5 million for their stem cell-related research. This funding will help translate basic stem cell research to clinical trials on treating macular degeneration.

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June 11, 2009

Age-related macular degeneration and other eye diseases are possible candidates for future stem cell therapies. Researchers from UC Santa Barbara’s Center for Stem Cell Biology and Engineering and Center for the Treatment of Macular Degeneration are collaborating with the Doheny Eye Institute and the London Project to Cure Blindness at the University College London to generate ocular cells from stem cells. A recent article in Nature discusses ongoing efforts to develop stem cell therapies for the eye.

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January 30, 2009

UC Santa Barbara has received a $1.2 million training grant from the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM) to continue an interdisciplinary training program in stem cell biology and engineering. The three-year grant will make it possible for pre-doctoral and postdoctoral students to participate in groundbreaking research in two broad but interrelated areas: the fundamental molecular biology of stem cell proliferation and differentiation, and bioengineering approaches to develop novel biotechnologies for stem cell research.

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