Recently, Dr. Randy Daughters, who directs the Minnesota Regenerative Medicine internship program, hosted the 3rd annual Regional Regeneration Symposium. Held at Macalester College in St. Paul, the event was comprised of presentations from students and organization representatives to show how their work is advancing regenerative medicine.
Stem cell research is a relatively new branch of science, dating back to the late 1960s, but there are already many biobusiness across the country, particularly in Minnesota, that help advance regenerative medicine. Unfortunately, though, there are only a handful of programs that provide enough training to college students who wish to pursue a career working with stem cells in the private sector. Biobusiness leaders seek qualified applicants who have expertise beyond an undergraduate degree, but they don’t necessarily require students to obtain a PhD, a path often pursued by those who wish to become professors.
Samia Habli and Zahrah Abdul-Shakur, two senior Biology students from Macalester College, were given the opporutnity to participate in an internship program through the University of Minnesota's Stem Cell Institute. This internship was funded by a grant distributed by Regenerative Medicine Minnesota (RMM) and led by Professor Randy S. Daughters.
Regenerative Medicine Minnesota (RMM) helps provide educational opportunities for young people who express an interest in pursuing a career in medicine. This year, RMM distributed education grants to HealthForce Minnesota’s “Scrubs camps” initiative to educate hundreds of middle and high school students about growing, vital health care fields.
On Wednesday, Sept. 2, Regenerative Medicine Minnesota (RMM) went to the Minnesota State Fair with a booth in the Crossroads building. Fairgoers got to learn more about regenerative medicine and how we are helping to make breakthroughs in science and healthcare.