Royan summer school on stem cells

Royan Institute’s seventh summer school on the theme of ‘Interdisciplinary Sciences for Future Medicine’ will be held July 23-28 at the research center with the aim of enhancing young researchers’ knowledge on the subject of stem cells and their use in medicine and treatment.

In a talk with IRNA, Dr. Sareh Rajabi, scientific secretary of the school, said the program would provide “a favorable and pleasant environment allowing students of different disciplines including biology, engineering and medicine to familiarize themselves with various functions of interdisciplinary sciences.”

It is a major step towards generating motivation and discovering hidden talents in the young generation as well as helping skilled enthusiasts to enter the realm of stem cells and reconstructive medicine, said Rajabi.

The program has been received well in its earlier six rounds with around 2,000 participants and is expected to draw over 500 students this year.

Forming connections and fostering cooperation between domestic and foreign teachers and students of interdisciplinary sciences, educating students about interdisciplinary thinking and helping them better understand the concepts of the above-mentioned sciences, increasing their knowledge and experience and teaching them about cutting-edge laboratory technology, are among the objectives of the event.

Foreign Scientists to Speak

Rajabi said scholars and scientists from the US, Canada, Germany and Singapore will give lectures on tissue engineering, cancer and diseases of the nervous system and liver.

“Local speakers will talk on subjects such as the methods of producing laboratory embryos and commercializing stem cells.

Other programs on the sidelines include a visit to the umbilical cord blood bank and research sections of the institute along with training courses in cardiovascular tissue engineering, cancer, nervous system diseases, liver stem cells and embryology.

Royan Institute is a public non-profitable organization affiliated to the Academic Center for Education, Culture and Research (ACECR) and was established in 1991 by the late embryologist Dr. Saeid Kazemi Ashtiani, as a research institute for reproductive biomedicine and infertility treatments.

In 1998, the institute was approved by the Ministry of Health as a cell-based research center. Today, it is a leader in stem cell research and also one of the best clinics for infertility treatment. Royan has three research institutes, namely for  stem cell biology and technology, reproductive biomedicine and animal biotechnology

By Financial Tribune