Stem Cell Therapy: Are we ready?

Date & Time

Wed, 05/06/2009
5:30pm-7:00pm

Overview

It is now close to 5 years since the voters of California decided to provide $3 billion for human embryonic stem cell research. Since that time the debate about the use of human embryos has continued, but so has the research. Both in California and throughout the world, key discoveries have been announced regularly. However, for all practical purposes, the research has not yet involved clinical trials in humans.
This is not necessarily a bad thing, because we may not yet be ready for those first studies. This event considered many important questions about the science and ethics that need answers, including:
* How, if at all, is human embryonic stem cell research different from other research with human cells?
* What do we need to know before we use these stem cells in humans?
* Are the risks of this research greater than for other kinds of clinical trials?

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Speaker

Michael Kalichman
The Center for Ethics in Science and Technology

Dr. Kalichman is the founding director of the UC San Diego Research Ethics Program.  He is project director for a Web-based resource for instructors of courses in the responsible conduct of research (http://research-ethics.net) and directs NIH-funded projects to assess the effectiveness of teaching research ethics and the standards of conduct in research. Kalichman also leads the Responsible Conduct of Research Education Committee (RCREC,http://rcrec.org) of the Association for Practical and Professional Ethics. He is co-founder and co-director of the Center for Ethics in Science and Technology (http://ethicscenter.net) for the San Diego region, and he is the founding director of the San Diego Research Ethics Consortium (http://sdrec.ucsd.edu).

Mary Devereaux
San Diego Research Ethics Consortium

Mary Devereaux, Ph.D. in philosophy, is a fellow with the Center for Ethics in Science and Technology and specializes in biomedical, research, and stem-cell ethics. She is a member of the Research Ethics Program at UC San Diego and is responsible for stem cell ethics training at UC San Diego and the San Diego Research Ethics Consortium (SDREC), a multi-institution core resource to support the ethical conduct of stem cell and other research programs.

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