2014 Symposium

The Saban Research Institute 2014 Annual Symposium

“Regenerative Medicine and Cellular Therapies: Inventing the Future for Children”

On Feb. 21, 2014, The Saban Research Institute Annual Symposium highlighted recent advances that hold great promise in many areas for improving child and adult health, including organ regeneration, stem cell-based therapy and tissue engineering. Researchers and clinicians presented cutting edge findings and David Warburton, MD, was honored as the holder of the inaugural Pasadena Guild Endowed Chair in Developmental Biology and Regenerative Medicine.

Message from the Director, The Saban Research Institute

The Saban Research Institute of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles is dedicated to understanding the developmental origins of health and disease; one path that holds great promise in this regard is regenerative medicine and cellular therapies. As technology enables innovative imaging capabilities and more flexible data management, processing and analyses, scientists are empowered to uncover how the body builds and renews itself so that we may harness this knowledge to create better health.

Recognizing our role in this vital field, Children’s Hospital has partnered over the years with the University of Southern California and our many supporters to build strength and influence through the Developmental Biology and Regenerative Medicine Program. Most notably, since 2003 the Pasadena Guild of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles has been a generous supporter of this program.

Today, I am honored to announce the Pasadena Guild Endowed Chair in Developmental Biology and Regenerative Medicine, the inaugural holder of which will be David Warburton, OBE, DSc, MD, MMM, FRCP, FRCS, FRCPC. Warburton has led The Saban Research Institute’s Developmental Biology and Regenerative Medicine Program since its inception, growing the program to include more than 25 collaborating scientists ranging from talented junior faculty to established and internationally recognized experts with publications in high-impact journals such as Nature, Nature Cell Biology, Development and the New England Journal of Medicine. The many accomplishments of the Developmental Biology and Regenerative Medicine Program have brought visibility to Children’s Hospital and The Saban Research Institute, contributing to our outstanding reputation as a leading pediatric academic medical center and bringing key sources of federal and philanthropic funding to further support our mission of creating hope and building healthier futures. We are now poised to expand our research enterprise through the Regenerative Medicine and Cellular Therapies focus area, one of three synergistic areas identified by Children’s Hospital leadership for strategic investment and growth to accelerate our discovery, development and delivery of improved clinical outcomes.