UCSF opens new stem cell research building 

click to enlarge In this file photo, a scientist works in the lab at University of California San Francisco. UCSF opened a new new stem cell research center Wednesday. (Getty Images file photo) - IN THIS FILE PHOTO, A SCIENTIST WORKS IN THE LAB AT UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA SAN FRANCISCO. UCSF OPENED A NEW NEW STEM CELL RESEARCH CENTER WEDNESDAY. (GETTY IMAGES FILE PHOTO)
  • In this file photo, a scientist works in the lab at University of California San Francisco. UCSF opened a new new stem cell research center Wednesday. (Getty Images file photo)
  • In this file photo, a scientist works in the lab at University of California San Francisco. UCSF opened a new new stem cell research center Wednesday. (Getty Images file photo)

A new stem cell research building opened Wednesday at UC San Francisco’s Parnassus campus.

The Ray and Dagmar Dolby Regeneration Medicine building will be the headquarters for UCSF’s regeneration and stem cell research program, one of the largest programs of its kind in the U.S.

“It is a great day for the field of stem cell research, and, most importantly, for the human race,” UCSF Chancellor Susan Desmond-Hellmann said.

The $123 million building encompasses 125 laboratories with scientists researching the earliest stages of human and animal development.

Scientists are looking to understand diseases and how using stem cells and other early-stage cells could treat certain conditions.

“The work that scientists are carrying out in this building is significantly advancing efforts to move discoveries in the lab toward clinical trials for a host of diseases,” said Eli Broad, founder of the Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation.

Researchers hope to find answers about conditions like birth defects, diabetes, heart disease, Parkinson’s disease, stroke, spinal cord injury and cancer.

Officials planned an 11 a.m. news conference with UC President Mark Yudof, philanthropists Eli and Edythe Broad, and San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee.

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