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Andy McMahon speaks at stem cell symposium featuring USC, UCLA and UCSF researchers

Last Friday, scientists from USC, UCLA and UCSF gathered at a symposium to celebrate the tenth anniversary of their three stem cell research centers, established with support from Eli and Edythe Broad and the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM). As the guests of honor, the Broads marked the milestone by surprising the centers with a $1 million gift to support eight grants for early-stage stem cell research projects.

At the symposium, Andy McMahon highlighted the Broads’ enormous influence not only on science, but also on art and education.

“Art, education and science hold special and personal meanings for us all,” said McMahon. “Through art, we explore our imaginations. Through education, we realize our potential. Through science, we improve our lives. And through the Broads’ lifelong and transformative philanthropy, art and education and science have flourished to the great and obvious benefit of all.”

McMahon also underscored the need for more scientists to dedicate their energies to helping the transplant patients who can’t obtain kidneys due to the severe donor shortage. To begin addressing this problem, he has focused his lab’s full efforts on using stem cells to generate a human nephron, the functional unit of the kidney. To better understand how a human nephron develops, his lab is studying organoids, 3D assemblies of cells possessing rudimentary kidney structure and function.

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