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Stem Cells for Cardiac Disease Modeling and Drug Discovery

Joseph Wu, Panel IV: Modeling Human Disease

October 9, 2014
30 minutes
Joseph Wu, Evan Snyder


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.


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.