Medicine in Our Backyard

Join us for the continuation of this popular series featuring internationally known UC Irvine Health physicians who will discuss research and cutting edge technology in their various fields of expertise.

Lectures scheduled for the fourth Monday of each month beginning September 2017 through May 2018.


  • 6:30pm doors open
  • 7:00–8:30pm lecture, Q&A
  • 949.717.3818
  • Newport Beach Central Library
  • No charge to attend

May 21


Is a Clinical Trial Right for You?

Daniela A. Bota, MD, PhD

Medical Director, UC Irvine Health Comprehensive Brain Tumor Program

Dr. Daniela A. Bota is a board-certified neuro-oncologist who specializes in the treatment of primary and metastatic brain and spinal cord tumors, as well as in the neurological complications of cancers. Bota is a lead investigator on several clinical trials, including novel treatments using brain tumor vaccines and the use of electrical fields to inhibit the growth of gliomas.

Using Stem Cells to Cure Blindness
Henry John Klassen, MD, PhD

Director, Stem Cell & Retinal Regeneration Program
UC Irvine Health Gavin Herbert Eye Institute

Dr. Henry Klassen serves as research director for the Retinal Regeneration Program at the UC Irvine Health Gavin Herbert Eye Institute and is affiliated with the Sue & Bill Gross Stem Cell Research Center. He has focused on regenerating damaged retinal tissue to restore sight to people suffering from retinitis pigmentosa and macular degeneration. In addition to his medical degree, Klassen holds a doctorate in neurobiology and has delved into the retina’s unique architecture to understand how to repair the neural system.