Stem cell research at the University of California, Riverside is about
to gather speed thanks to the establishment of a new Stem Cell Core
Facility (SCCF) - a shared facility providing infrastructure,
equipment, and trained personnel for doing stem cell research that
ordinarily would not be available in most laboratories.
More than 200 visitors from all over Southern California attended a recent celebration that included tours of the Core labs, demonstrations of the
facility's new equipment, posters on stem cell research being done at
UCR, information on how to get started in stem cell research, and
contests with prizes for the best posters and images. Several vendors
demonstrated their products related to stem cell research.
"We are the only such core facility in the Inland Empire," said Prue Talbot
, the director of the Stem Cell Center
and the SCCF. "Such a facility is needed on campus to give an
opportunity to UCR researchers who are interested in doing stem cell
research but who don't have a facility for it. The facility also
greatly benefits labs on campus that are already doing research on stem
cells but that lack the expensive equipment the SCCF has to offer."
The SCCF was funded primarily by a grant from the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine
The $2.8 million grant helped construct the 2000-square-foot facility,
purchase state-of-the-art equipment, and manage day-to-day operations.
Talbot expects the SCCF to produce breakthroughs in stem cell research
at a much faster pace than before, assisted by its Nikon BioStation CT
incubator with a powerful microscope that already has generated useful
data in conjunction with video bioinformatics. UCR is the first
institution in the country to purchase the Nikon BioStation CT
"The BioStation technology coupled with UCR's expertise in video
bioinformatics will greatly facilitate our ability to understand
dynamic cell processes and will provide data essential for attacking
degenerative disease," Talbot said. "Faculty planning on using this
instrument and other Core facilities have interests in osteoporosis,
diabetes, wound healing, neurodegeneration and brain damage, and
infertility. UCR also has labs that use BioStation technology to
prevent disease by identifying environmental toxicants before they can
Approximately 10 laboratories on campus will use the SCCF. The facility
is open also to scientists not at UCR. Users will be recharged for
supplies at a fair price.