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This event highlighted the recent developments in new technologies for deriving stem cells. The panelists included three people from the San Diego community who are recognized as leaders in addressing the scientific and ethical implications of stem cell research:
Dr. Goldstein is Professor of Cellular and Molecular Medicine at the University of California, San Diego, School of Medicine and Director of the UC San Diego Stem Cell Program. He is also an Investigator with the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. He was assistant, associate and full professor at Harvard University in the Department of Cellular and Developmental Biology from 1984 to 1993, when he moved to UCSD and HHMI. Goldstein’s research is focused on understanding the molecular mechanisms of movement inside brain cells and how failures in the movement systems may lead to neurodegenerative diseases. As a co-founder and consultant of the biotechnology company Cytokinetics, he has also had an active role in private industry where he has gained experience in translating scientific insights to new therapeutic approaches.
Mary Devereaux, Ph.D. in philosophy, specializes in biomedical, research, and stem-cell ethics. She is Director of Biomedical Ethics Seminars in the Research Ethics Program at UC San Diego and is responsible for stem cell ethics training at UCSD 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. Devereaux is a faculty associate at the Center for Ethics in Science and Technology, and Co-Founder and Director of the UCSD Biomedical Ethics Seminar Series, a monthly meeting of research scientists, medical clinicians, philosophers and administrators to discuss issues such as human subject research, informed consent, conflict of interest, and end-of-life issues.
John H. Evans is associate professor of sociology at the University of California, San Diego. He has been a visiting member of the School of Social Sciences at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, NJ, a post-doctoral fellow at the Robert Wood Johnson Scholars in Health Policy Research Program at Yale University and has held a Visiting Professorial Fellowship at the University of Edinburgh. His research focuses on the sociology of religion, culture, knowledge, science and, in particular, bioethics. He is completing a book tentatively titled The Religious Citizen, Reproductive Genetic Technology and the Abortion Debate.