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For Immediate Release

Monday, September 15, 2008

For More Information:

Arti Sahni: (609) 984-1671


Hundreds of researchers will gather to spotlight scientific progress in New Jersey

Trenton The New Jersey Commission on Science and Technology in collaboration with the Rutgers Stem Cell Research Center and Applied Biosystems, Inc. will host the New Jersey Stem Cell Research Symposium on September 18 and 19, 2008 at the Bridgewater Marriott in Bridgewater, NJ.

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

The Commission on Science and Technology’s mission is to encourage economic development by emphasizing the translation of scientific ideas into marketplace.

Representatives from various New Jersey institutions will be on hand to discuss the world class research ongoing in New Jersey. The symposium will include scientific posters and presentations from many former grant recipients, demonstrating the progress of their funded research. 

Building on the success of previous symposiums, several hundred scientists are expected to attend and scientific posters will be presented. The Keynote speakers will be 

  • Kenneth S. Kosik, M.D., Harriman Professor of Neuroscience Research, MCDB and Co-Director Neuroscience Research Institute for the first day of the symposium. His laboratory focuses on the role of MicroRNA in regulating differentiation.
  • Andreas Androutsellis-Theotokis, Ph.D., Staff Scientist at the laboratory of Molecular Biology, National Institute of Health will be presenting on day two of the Symposium. His focus is on the elucidation of signal transduction mechanisms that regulate neural stem cell functions in vitro and in vivo and their outcome in models of disease.

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

The New Jersey Commission on Science and Technology, 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, Commerce Commission, the commissioner of Education, a representative of the Governor, and four legislators.