NY Stem Cell Foundation's 2nd Annual Translational Stem Cell Research Conference

(NEW YORK, NY July 17, 2007) -- The New York Stem Cell Foundations (NYSCF) second annual Translational Stem Cell Research Conference will be held from October 15-16 at The Rockefeller University in Manhattan. The conference will bring together many of the most prominent figures in human embryonic stem cell (hESC) research from across the United States and abroad. These pre-eminent scientists will present the latest and most exciting breakthroughs in this revolutionary field of research in the search for cures of the major diseases of our time.

This year, the NYSCF Translational Stem Cell Research Conference will be co-chaired by John Gearhart, PhD, Director, Stem Cell Program, Institute for Cell Engineering, Johns Hopkins Medicine; Douglas Melton, PhD, co-director of the Harvard Stem Cell Institute; and Paul Nurse, PhD, president of The Rockefeller University.

The conference opens on October 15 with a public policy panel, featuring top stem cell scientists, advocates and policy leaders, who will discuss the continuing challenges facing the field of hESC research. The panel will be moderated by R. Alta Charo, JD, Professor of Law and Bioethics at the University of Wisconsin at Madison, and will include David A. Carmel, Vice President, Business Development, StemCyte, Inc.; Dr. Gearhart; Michael Manganiello, principal, Whyte Hirschboeck Dudek Government Affairs; Dr. Melton; William B. Neaves, PhD, president and CEO, Stowers Institute for Medical Research; and Susan L. Solomon, JD, CEO of the New York Stem Cell Foundation.

The second day of the conference, October 16, Unlocking the Potential, will begin with opening remarks by Susan L. Solomon, welcoming remarks by Paul Nurse, followed by a special address by R. Alta Charo and presentations on Somatic Cell Nuclear Transfer (SCNT), the most advanced hESC technique. Among the presenters with be Kevin Eggan, PhD, assistant professor of molecular and cellular biology at Harvard University and NYSC

Contact: Mary Kate Burke
The New York Stem Cell Foundation

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