January 11-15, 2009
Keystone Symposium: Mobilizing Cellular Immunity for Cancer Therapy, Snowbird, UT
January 14-16, 2009
CRF: 5th International Conference on Cell Therapy for Cardiovascular Disease, New York, NY
January 26, 2009
Phacilitate Cell & Gene Therapy Forum 2009, Washington, DC
January 30, 2009
Winter Conference on Brain Research, Copper Mountain, CO
February 4-5, 2009
California Institute for Regenerative Medicine Immunology Workshop, San Francisco, CA
February 13, 2009
University of California, Davis, CA
February 17, 2009
4th Annual Stem Cell Summit, New York, NY
February 27-28, 2009
ISCTR, San Diego, CA
March 9-10, 2009
GTCbio: 5th Stem Cell Research & Therapeutics Conference, Boston, MA
March 29 - April 3, 2009
Keystone Symposium: Dendritic Cells, Banff, Alberta, Canada
April 20-21, 2009
CTS2009, Okayama, Japan
May 12-14, 2009
World Stem Cells & Regenerative Medicine, London, England
May 15, 2009
University of Miami Stem Cells Institute Annual Symposium, Miami, FL
January 23, 2009, 6:00 am PST / 9:00 am EST
Geron Discusses FDA Clearance for World's First Human Clinical Trial of Embryonic Stem Cell-Based Therapy, Menlo Park, CA
Click here to access the webcast.
February 9-10, 2009
11th Annual BIO CEO & Investor Conference, New York, NY
The company site link:
Geron Investors Factsheet
Saturday, January 31, 2009
Friday, January 30, 2009
Petition to End Federal Funding Ban
Since Invitro Fertilization (IVF) clinics have killed 500,000 embryos simply helping infertile women have their own babies (when adoption is a better alternative), and stem cells have only been pulled from 20-25, the whole "killing embryos" argument is a moot point - we need to ban IVF first, and allow stem cell research which will save lives. Undifferentiated stem cells can be directed to grow into hearts, livers, kidneys, eyes - any of 220 cell types in humans. New cells can be cloned from existing cells so a few can provide an endless stream of cells for research and drug creation.
Geron has first conquered cellular aging with these, they simply injected their stem cells into aged cells and rejuvenated them (DNA strands get frayed with age); they had cells with 6 week lifespans they've kept alive since the 80's now; called the "immortal line", they just never get old, and never die. This can lead to Alzheimer's cures, halt aging, senility, senile dementia, bone deterioration, you name it. Their work on rats with severed spinal columns have repaired the damaged nerves and brought back movement when previously they'd be paralyzed with no hope. These are the human tests that were approved on Jan 21 by the new administration. No one is prohibited from funding adult stem cells, but those are already the type of cell they're going to be, they can't be directed to become what's needed. Cells from the individual patient will work best as these won't face rejection like a transplanted organ.
Other nations don't ban this research or its funding - a few (so-called) religious people here along with Bush have set us back a decade while other nations went forward, and we're supposed to be free from religious tyranny and church control. This petition will lift the federal ban on funding; the private sector is allowed to FUND it now anyway, which also makes this a moot point: it's being done anyway and will continue to be. Major advancements have been made already at Duke Univ, Johns Hopkins, and U of Wisconsin Madison, and others using stem cell technology, usually developed by Geron, they have 160 patents so far, including the cloning of animals - their lab techniques cloned Dolly the Sheep in the 90's.
This is a petition site to send a petition to the administration to lift the federal ban -- it WILL HAPPEN EVENTUALLY, this will just speed up the cure.
Petition to End Federal Funding Ban
"Nothing can stop an idea whose time has come" - Albert Einstein
Thursday, January 1, 2009
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