President’s Council Symposium
Thursday, March 14, 2019

Stem Cells: Progress and Promise

Join us for a conversation with Nobel laureate Shinya Yamanaka about how his discovery fundamentally changed biomedical research.

In 2006, Yamanaka made a major medical breakthrough—he discovered how to reprogram ordinary adult skin cells into cells that are capable of developing into any cell in the human body, similar to embryonic stem cells. The discovery of these induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) opened up new opportunities to treat diseases ranging from heart failure to Alzheimer’s to immune disorders.

Yamanaka, along with two leading scientists in the field, Steve Finkbeiner and Kathryn Ivey, will discuss what has been accomplished with iPSCs over the past decade, and what they see for the future of this technology.

This event is intended for friends and supporters of the Gladstone Institutes.

If you cannot attend the event, you can sign up to watch the live-stream.

Schedule of Events

Registration 4:00pm

Program 4:30pm

Reception to Follow


Shinya Yamanaka, MD, PhD
Senior Investigator, Gladstone Institutes

Steve Finkbeiner, MD, PhD
Director, Center for Systems and Therapeutics, Gladstone Institutes

Kathryn Ivey, PhD
Director of Research Operations, Tenaya Therapeutics


Deepak Srivastava, MD
Gladstone President


March 14, 2019
4:00-6:30pm PDT
Mahley Auditorium

The President's Council is a dedicated community of Gladstone’s most loyal supporters and provides critical funding to support strategic priorities in the areas of greatest need. The President’s Council sponsors the spring and fall symposia in order to showcase pioneering science and global thought leaders.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

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We want to effect positive change through our events and activities by providing a platform for discussions on important topics related to increasing diversity and inclusiveness in the sciences.