The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio has partnered with the World Stem Cell Summit to offer the Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine Public Education Day on Tuesday, Dec. 2. This informational event, free and open to the public, immediately precedes the 2014 World Stem Cell Summit convening Dec. 3-5 in San Antonio.
The Health Science Center is an organizing sponsor of the World Stem Cell Summit, which is the largest interdisciplinary stem cell meeting. William L. Henrich, M.D., MACP, president of the Health Science Center, is a summit co-chair. The Public Education Day, an educational service for the city and region, includes a morning special public lecture and three afternoon expert panels with question-and-answer times.
Tuesday, Dec. 2. The 9 a.m. special public lecture, “Stem Cells: Their Biology and Promise for Regenerative Medicine,” will be delivered by Elaine Fuchs, Ph.D., HHMI Investigator and the Rebecca C. Lancefield Professor at The Rockefeller University in New York. Afternoon sessions starting at 1 p.m. will include Stem Cells 101, Health Care Applications and Hot Topics.
Pestana Lecture Hall and Holly Auditorium on the UT Health Science Center at San Antonio’s Long Campus, 7703 Floyd Curl Drive, San Antonio, TX 78229
Elaine Fuchs, Ph.D., of The Rockefeller University delivers the special public lecture at 9 a.m. in the Pestana Lecture Hall. The afternoon sessions from 1 to 4 p.m. will be in the Holly Auditorium. Moderators, speakers and panelists in the afternoon sessions are from the UT Health Science Center at San Antonio, The University of Texas at San Antonio, Texas Biomedical Research Institute, U.S. Army Institute of Surgical Research, South Texas Veterans Health Care System, Texans for Stem Cell Research, BioBridge Global, INCELL Corp. and Baylor College of Medicine.
In Session 1 of the afternoon, “Stem Cells 101,” speakers will answer questions such as “What are stem cells?” and “What can we do with them?” The expert panel will also discuss ethical questions surrounding stem cells.
In Session 2, “Health Care Applications,” speakers will discuss how stem cells are being used in the study of neurological disease and trauma and burn wounds. Panelists will address stem cell and marrow donation, as well as the safety of clinical trials and the potential danger in seeking unproven treatments overseas.
In Session 3, “Hot Topics,” speakers will discuss emerging technologies to treat diabetes and brain disorders such as stroke and Parkinson’s disease.
Information and interactive booths including microscopes will be available in the afternoon. Please visit the Public Education Day website for more details: www.uthscsa.edu/op/stemcell.asp
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