Symposium on Adult Stem/Progenitor Cells

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The Naff Symposium was established in honor of Anna S. Naff, a UK graduate through support by Benton Naff of the National Institutes of Health. The symposium has an interdisciplinary character and is attended by students and faculty from chemistry, engineering, biology, biochemistry, pharmacy and medicine.

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Photo of Pasko Rakic
Pasko Rakic

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Catherine Verfaillie

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Steven Goldman

LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 30, 2004) -- The 2004 Naff Symposium on Chemistry and Molecular Biology sponsored by the University of Kentucky College of Arts and Sciences chemistry department will focus on adult stem/progenitor cells. The symposium is set for 9 a.m. Friday, April 2, in the auditorium of the William T. Young Library.

Attendance at the symposium is free and open to the public.

“Increasing evidence supports a role for adult stem/progenitor cells in the repair and maintenance of a variety of systems in the human body,” said Mark A. Lovell, an assistant professor in the UK Department of Chemistry and the Sanders-Brown Center on Aging. “In particular, stem/progenitor cell research holds considerable promise for the treatment of diseases of aging including Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease. The 2004 Naff Symposium provides a unique opportunity for the Department of Chemistry and the University of Kentucky to bring together world-renowned researchers that have advanced our understanding of the factors that control stem/progenitor cell division and differentiation into mature cells.”

Speakers for the conference are:

  • Pasko Rakic, professor and chairman of neurobiology, Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, Conn.;
  • Catherine Verfaillie, professor of medicine and director of the Stem Cell Institute, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minn.; and
  • Steven Goldman, professor of neurology and chief of the department of neurology division of cell and gene therapy, University of Rochester Medical Center, Rochester, N.Y.

The Naff Symposium was established in honor of Anna S. Naff, a UK graduate through support by Benton Naff of the National Institutes of Health. The symposium has an interdisciplinary character and is attended by students and faculty from chemistry, engineering, biology, biochemistry, pharmacy and medicine.


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