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Removing Barriers: L.A. Philanthropist Elliott Broidy Gives Top Performing Inner City High School Kids Opportunity to Attend Elite Stem Cell Camp
Date:7/17/2013

LOS ANGELES, July 17, 2013 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- Philanthropist and L.A. native Elliott Broidy is being called a "visionary" for making it possible for young inner city high school scientists to conduct stem cell research at a one-of-a-kind summer camp affiliated with USC.

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The summer program offers top performing students the opportunity to gain hands on experience in stem cell research. Broidy is removing the economic barriers that would normally keep away some students by providing scholarships.

"The EIHS program does amazing things for high school students across the city," said Jeffrey Gunter, M.D., Chair, Executive Board of the Ambassadors for Stem Cell Research at the USC Keck School of Medicine. "Elliott Broidy sees that by allowing these talented high school students to participate in advanced medical stem cell research, it not only changes their lives, but the entire community's perspective."

The USC Early Investigator High School Program in Stem Cell Research provides students an opportunity to be involved in leading research on stem cells and regenerative medicine.

More than 20 students receive hands-on training and mentorship at the USC Stem Cell Core facility and research laboratories. These students also attend weekly forums, such as the upcoming USC Stem Cell Public Policy and Education Forum, which provide a foundation in the ethical and political issues relating to stem cell science and regenerative medicine.

Elliott Broidy, an executive board member, has worked tirelessly with the program to allow students a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to work side by side with some of the top researchers in the field.

Supported by the Eli and Edythe Broad Center for Regenerative Medicine, Stem Cell Research at USC, The California Institute of Regenerative Medicine, and private philanthropy, the USC EiHS Program in Stem Cell Research is a science education and outreach program run in partnership with both private and public high schools in Los Angeles including Harvard-Westlake School, Milken Community High School, Life Line Charter School in Compton, the Bravo Medical Magnet School in East Los Angeles, and others. 

Logging 40-hour weeks in the lab at USC's Eli and Edythe Broad Center for Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell Research, the students are from all walks of life.

"One of the best parts of our program is that it provides deserving students from lower income areas an opportunity they otherwise wouldn't have," said Broidy. "It's important to make sure every student gets a chance to make a difference."

The USC EiHS Program in Stem Cell Research will conduct on Friday, July 12, a USC Stem Cell Public Policy Education Forum in conjunction with the California Institute of Regenerative Medicine.

"State Senator Art Torres, CIRM Chairman John Thomas, Dr. Andy McMahon, and Dean Carmen A. Puliafito, MD have done a phenomenal job leading California in stem cell research," says Broidy. "Their vision and leadership is unparalleled. I am humbled to be a part of their team."

The USC Stem Cell Public Policy Education forum features speakers including, Los Angeles Times Science Writer Eryn Brown, State Senator Art Torres, CIRM Chairman John Thomas, Carmen A. Puliafito  MD., Dean of Keck School of Medicine at USC, Rabbi David Wolpe, and many others. Event speakers will provide a historic and current perspective on the politics and public policy issues that impact the future of stem cell research.

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