Stem Cell conference set for Oct. 18

SAN ANTONIO (Oct. 11, 2010) — In a collaborative effort through the San Antonio Life Sciences Institute (SALSI), researchers are organizing a conference on stem cell science. SALSI is a joint program of The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio and The University of Texas at San Antonio.

“Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine – New Solutions to Old Problems” is set for Oct. 18-20 at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center and will feature a panel discussion on “Stem Cell Research in Texas”, during which researchers and reporters can submit written questions. The panel, led by John Gearhart, Ph.D., director of the Institute for Regenerative Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, will be from 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 19.

“Stem cell research goes beyond embryonic stem cells,” and the conference will address multiple issues, said, Vivienne Rebel, Ph.D., one of the organizers and an assistant professor in the Department of Cellular and Structural Biology at the Health Science Center’s Greehey Children’s Cancer Research Institute.

Great advances have been made in stem cell research, Rebel said, especially with the discovery of iPS cells (induced pluripotent stem cells), which potentially hold the same therapeutic promise as the often-controversial embryonic stem cells.

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