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Neil Segil 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, USC researcher Neil Segil addressed hearing loss, which affects approximately 10 percent of the world’s population and half of the retirement-aged population. Most hearing loss is due to damage to the inner ear’s sensory cells, which do not regenerate in humans. However, they do regenerate in non-mammals, such as birds—thanks to a population of neighboring cells that respond to deafness by differentiating into replacement sensory cells. Segil’s group is exploring ways to stimulate a similar regenerative response in mammals.

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