A key strength of CSCI is the wide spectrum of stem cell research performed by its members. To ensure that information flows freely between quite different areas of basic and translational research and clinical practice, we have put in place three main structures (see below for details):
a) a Stem Cell Committee, composed of the director and 10 young leaders in the field, each representing one of the main research themes. This committee meets once every 2 months.
b) an Executive committee, composed of the director and 3 selected members of the stem cell committee, together with representatives for Training and Meetings/Seminars. This committee meets every 2 weeks.
c) an Internal Advisory Committee, comprising up to 15 members who provide critical oversight and strategic advice to CSCI leadership. This committee also plays an important role in relaying information about CSCI in the wider community. This committee meets at least twice each year.
CSCI is administratively based in the Department of Rehabilitation and Regenerative Medicine, reflecting the department’s conviction that stem cell-based research will ultimately lead to new approaches to enhance function and improve the quality of life of individuals with disabling injuries or diseases. Dr. Joel Stein, the chairman of the Department, co-chairs the Internal Advisory committee and is actively involved in CSCI. For more information about the department, please visit: http://www.cumc.columbia.edu/dept/rehab/.
Current membership of CSCI committees
Stem Cell Committee (by theme)
Angela Christiano (Skin)
Fiona Doetsch* (Brain)
Daniel Kalderon (Stem cell biology)
Jeremy Mao (Bone/Tooth)
Benjamin Ohlstein (Internal organs)
Boris Reizis (Blood)
Lori Sussel (Diabetes)
Gordana Vunjak-Novakovic* (Bioengineering)
Hynek Wichterle (Neurodegeneration
Stem Cell seminars:
Fiona Doetsch and Hynek Wichterle
Stem Cell Day
Internal Advisory Committee
Rudy Leibel (Co-Chair)
Joel Stein (Co-Chair)
External Advisory Committee
Thomas Rando, MD. PhD
Professor, Neurology and Neurological Sciences, Stanford University,
Director, The Glenn Laboratories for the Biology of Aging, Stanford University School of Medicine Director, Rehabilitation Research & Development Center of Excellence, Palo Alto VA Medical Center Deputy Director, Stanford Center on Longevity, Stanford University
David Scadden, MD, PhD
Gerald and Darlene Jordan Professor of Medicine; Co-director, Harvard Stem Cell Institute;
Co-chair and Professor, Department of Stem Cell and Regenerative Biology, Harvard University;
Director, Center for Regenerative Medicine, Massachusetts General Hospital
Michael Boninger, MD
Professor and Chair in the Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, University of Pittsburgh, School of Medicine .
Director, UPMC Rehabilitation Institute.
Medical Director of the Human Engineering Research Laboratories,
VA Rehabilitation Research and Development Center of Excellence
Walter Frontera, MD, PhD
Professor and Chair,
Department of physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Vanderbilt University School of Medicine