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Stem cell tourism – how far would you go?

06:00 PM - Wednesday 23 November, 2011

If faced with an incurable disease or disability, would you travel overseas for an experimental treatment? Many Australians already go abroad for dental work, cosmetic surgery and IVF services which can be more expensive or unavailable here.

Now, stem cell therapy is increasingly on offer in many countries, including China, Germany and India.  Is Australia lagging behind international medical advances—or is this technology too new and unproven to be trusted? What motivates someone to travel abroad to try therapies that haven’t yet been fully tested in the lab? What lessons might be learned from people who travel abroad for reproductive therapies?

This talk will explore the reality and potential for stem cell science, and look at how long Australians may have to wait.

Join ABC Radio National’s Norman Swan and a panel of experts—Stephen Couche, Simon Koblar, Megan Munsie, and Robert Norman—as we weigh up the pros and cons of travelling abroad for experimental treatments.

In Association with ABC Radio National

Where: The Science Exchange, 55 Exchange Place, Adelaide  SA  5000
When: Wednesday 23 November 2011, 6pm to 7.30pm
Free, but booking required, visit RiAus for more details