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Public Seminars - Stem cells: the potential, the reality and the dangers

06:00 PM - Monday 25 August, 2014

The National Stem Cell Foundation of Australia are presenting free public forums on stem cells, their potential and their dangers in Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide and Melbourne.

The forums will feature visiting top American scientists – Professor Irv Weissman and Dr Ann Tsukamoto. Come along to hear more about the role of stem cells in cancer, neurological diseases and tissue regeneration. They will also discuss what’s holding us back after the years of hype and why is it a bad idea to pursue unproven stem cell treatments.

Sydney Monday 25 August, 6pm. Masonic Centre, 66 Goulburn Street. RSVP

Brisbane Tuesday 26 August, 6pm. Queensland Irish Club, 175 Elizabeth Street. RSVP

Adelaide Thursday 28 August, 6pm. SAHMRI Building, North Terrace West. RSVP

Melbourne Monday 1 September, 6pm. Melbourne City Conference Centre 333 Swanston St, Melbourne, (Opposite State Library of Victoria) RSVP

Professor Weissman is Professor of Pathology and Developmental Biology at Stanford University where he is the Director of the Stanford Institute of Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine. He is recognised as the discoverer of the human haematopoietic stem cell, has a long history of research into normal and cancer stem cells and has founded three biotechnology companies. He has been an advisor to American Presidents.

Dr Tsukamoto is a leader in the commercial development of stem cell medicine. She gained her Ph.D. degree from the University of California, Los Angeles and has 20 years’ experience in Stem Cell Biology. She was a co-discoverer of the human hematopoietic stem cell with Professor Weissman. She is Executive Vice President of Scientific and Strategic Alliances at StemCells Inc. She will talk about the company’s four active human clinical trials in the broad context of neural stem cell research.