CIRM Bridges Interns Learn State-of-the-Art Stem Cell Research Techniques
The 2022-2023 cohort of CIRM Bridges Interns have completed their two-week training course, wherein they learned state-of-the-art techniques used in the study of regenerative medicine. Following this course, they began their year long journey in world-class academic or industry labs working with stem cells, in a quest to find treatments for diseases with unmet medical needs. The interns will work in these labs for a full year, learning more advanced techniques, on their way to becoming effective and well-trained scientists. The interns are working in labs that study how stem cells might provide treatment for cancer, cardiac disease, neurological disorders and Covid 19.
Interns Assist with Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation "Summerfest"
On September 10, 2022 the CSU San Marcos Bridges Interns assisted with the Annual JDRF "Summerfest," an event that helps diabetes patients and their families find much needed resources. The interns helped set up for the event and worked various booths during the event. This event provided the interns with an opportunity to talk with families, especially those with a patient recently diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes. They listened to many stories and heard about what it is like living with diabetes. They learned that "diabetes is not limited to those of higher or lower incomes nor those who are younger or older." One of the interns was suprised to hear that "individuals are healthy one day and come to find out they have T1D the next." The one thing that the patients and their families discussed consistently was the need for constant monitoring of blood sugars and how difficult this is especially for young patients. But with the advent of a new monitor and automated pumps, things are a bit easier.
As of May, 2022, CSUSM has trained 128 interns. Of those 128 interns, 123 have successfully completed the entire 12-month internship over the course of the last 13 years. The majority of these have stayed in the field of regenerative medicine working in labs in both academia or biotechnology companies. Several have completed or are continuing their educations toward earning BS, MS, PhD, MD or combined MD/PhD degrees.
To find out more about the research being done and how it is affecting patients check out the CIRM website below: