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Discussion, Panel IV: Modeling Human Disease

Evan Snyder, Joseph Wu, Juan-Carlos Izpisua Belmonte, Inder Verma

October 9, 2014
15 minutes
Evan Snyder, Joseph Wu, Juan-Carlos Izpisua Belmonte, Inder Verma


Evan Snyder, M.D., Ph.D., Professor & Program Director, Center for Stem Cells & Regenerative Medicine, Sanford Burnham Medical Research Institute; Faculty, Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program & Faculty Physician, Department of Pediatrics, UC San Diego; Scientific Steering Committee, Sanford Consortium for Regenerative Medicine

Dr. Snyder is regarded as one of the fathers of the stem cell field, having identified over two decades ago, that cells, that came to be called stem cells, are a source of neural plasticity. In 2003, after 23 years at Harvard as an instructor and later an assistant professor in neurology, Snyder was recruited to Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute as Professor and Founding Director of the Center for Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine. He recently served as Chairman of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA)’s Cellular, Tissue and Gene Therapy Advisory Committee. Snyder earned his M.D. and Ph.D. in Neuroscience from the University of Pennsylvania. He also completed clinical training in pediatrics, neurology and newborn intensive care at Children's Hospital-Boston, Harvard Medical School as well as postdoctoral scientific training at Harvard Medical School.


Joseph Wu, M.D., Ph.D., Director, Stanford Cardiovascular Institute; Professor, Department of Medicine (Cardiology) & Radiology, Stanford University School of Medicine
Dr. Wu has received numerous prestigious awards, including the Burroughs Wellcome Foundation Career Award for Medical Scientists in 2007, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Director’s New Innovator Award in 2008, the Baxter Foundation Faculty Award in 2008, the NIH Roadmap Transformative Award in 2009, the American Heart Association (AHA) National Innovative Research Award in 2009, the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers in 2010 and the AHA Established Investigator Award in 2013. Wu is a member of the Association of University Cardiologist and American Society of Clinical Investigation. Wu also serves on the Editorial Board of several publications. He has published more than 200 manuscripts. Wu received his M.D. from Yale University School of Medicine and completed his cardiology fellowship training followed by a Ph.D. in Molecular Pharmacology at UCLA.


Juan-Carlos Izpisua Belmonte, Ph.D., Professor, Gene Expression Laboratory, Salk Institute for Biological Studies
Dr. Izpisua Belmonte’s area of research is focused on the understanding of stem cell biology, organ and tissue development and regeneration. He served as the Director of the Center of Regenerative Medicine in Barcelona from 2004-2013. Izpisua Belmonte has published over 350 articles and has received several honors and awards, including the William Clinton Presidential Award, the Pew Scholar Award, the National Science Foundation Creativity Award, the American Heart Association Established Investigator Award and the Roger Guillemin Chair for his endeavors in these fields. He graduated from the University of Valencia, Spain and received his Ph.D. from the University of Bologna, Italy and the University of Valencia, Spain.
Inder Verma, Ph.D., Irwin & Joan Jacobs Chair in Exemplary Life Science, American Cancer Society Professor Molecular Biology, Laboratory of Genetics, Salk Institute for Biological Studies
Dr. Verma currently serves as the Editor-in-Chief of Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. He has been elected a member of several organizations including the American Philosophical Society in 2006, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2000, the Institute of Medicine in 1999 and the European Molecular Biology Organization in 1998. He has received numerous awards including a Vilcek Foundation Prize in 2008, ASGT Outstanding Achievement Award in 2009, the Spector Prize in 2010, the Pasarow Award in Cancer Research in 2010 and an Outstanding Investigator Award from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in 1988. Verma received a Ph.D. from the Weizmann Institute of Science and completed his postdoctoral training at Massachusetts Institute of Technology.