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For Immediate Release

Friday September 21, 2007

For More Information:

Edye Fineman
(609) 984-1671

Event features groundbreaking public and private research in New Jersey

Trenton The Commission on Science and Technology has announced its Third Scientific Symposium discussing Stem Cell Research in New Jersey. The symposium will convene at 9 a.m. Monday, October 29, 2007 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in New Brunswick.  

The conference will provide scientists an opportunity to network with other researchers, industry representatives, venture capitalists and funders. The conference schedule will include renowned speakers, poster presentations, an update on New Jersey stem cell research initiatives, panel discussions and networking sessions.

“New Jersey is making huge strides in the field of stem cell research,” said Dr. Wise Young, director, W.M. Keck Center for Collaborative Neuroscience. “This symposium creates an valuable opportunity for researchers to come together and create collaborations that have the potential to further life-changing research.”

Since December 2005, the Commission has awarded over $15.2 million for 33 individual research grants and two core facilities grants through the New Jersey Stem Cell Research Grant Program. The symposium will include poster presentations from grant recipients, demonstrating the progress of their funded research. 

This conference, sponsored by the New Jersey Commission on Science and Technology, will convene scientists from academia and industry to discuss important stem cell research underway in New Jersey. Building on the success of previous symposiums, several hundred scientists are expected to attend and more than 50 scientific posters will be presented.

This year the keynote address will be delivered by Dr. John D. Gearhart, director of the Stem Cell Program at the Institute for Cell Engineering, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. Dr. Gearhart is a developmental geneticist and his research over the past several decades has been directed at understanding the molecular and cellular basis of human embryonic development. Dr. Gearhart is a leader in the development and use of human reproductive technologies, embryo and germ cell manipulations and in the genetic engineering of cells. 

For more details about the conference, contact the New Jersey Commission on Science and Technology at (609) 984-1671 or www.nj.gov/stemcellsymposium  

About The Commission

NJCST, established in 1985, is responsible for the development and oversight of policies and programs promoting science and technology research and entrepreneurship in New Jersey. Commission members include business leaders, university leaders, scientists, the Secretary of Commerce and Economic Growth Commission, the Commissioner of Education, a representative of the Governor and four legislators.