<p>LOS ANGELES–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Genetics Policy Institute (GPI), producer of the 2011 World Stem Cell Summit, and Keck School of Medicine of University of Southern California announced today that the Keck School has joined the Summit as a co-organizer. This year, the interdisciplinary Summit is the largest stem cell meeting in the United States and one of the largest regenerative medicine conferences in the world.</p>
<p>GPI executive director Bernard Siegel, founder and co-chair of the Summit, said, &ldquo;We are tremendously honored that the Keck School of Medicine of USC has joined the Summit leadership. The Summit will showcase Keck School researchers and their important contributions to the global community.&rdquo;</p>
<p>&ldquo;We&rsquo;re excited to be part of the World Stem Cell Summit&rsquo;s first meeting in Southern California,&rdquo; said Keck School Dean Carmen A. Puliafito, M.D., M.B.A., who is also a member of the California Institute of Regenerative Medicine&rsquo;s (CIRM) governing board. &ldquo;Last year, when we opened the Eli and Edythe Broad CIRM Center for Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell Research at USC, we envisioned being part of an ongoing dialogue on stem cell research that knows no borders. This is an important opportunity to be part of that conversation.&rdquo; </p>