Policy impediments to using stem cells and regenerative medicine to be discussed

first_imgShareMEDIA ADVISORYDavid [email protected] [email protected] impediments to using stem cells and regenerative medicine to be discussed at Rice’s Baker Institute Oct. 21HOUSTON – (Oct. 14, 2014) – Dr. Deepak Srivastava, a leading biomedical research policy expert, will discuss “Stem Cells, Regenerative Medicine and Policy Impediments to the New Future” at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy Oct. 21. The event is free and open to the public, but registration is required.Credit: thinkstockphotos.com/Rice UniversityWho: Dr. Deepak Srivastava, the Baker Institute’s nonresident scholar for biomedical research policy and the Younger Family Director and senior investigator at the Gladstone Institute of Cardiovascular Disease.Neal Lane, the Malcolm Gillis University Professor, senior fellow in science and technology policy at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy and a professor of physics and astronomy, will give introductory remarks.What: A presentation titled “Stem Cells, Regenerative Medicine and Policy Impediments to the New Future.”When: Tuesday, Oct. 21, 7:45-9:30 a.m. Breakfast will be served at 7:45.Where: Rice University, James A. Baker III Hall, Kelly International Conference Facility, 6100 Main St.Stem cells and regenerative medicine are exciting and emerging fields of biomedical research, according to event organizers. Proposed applications include treating conditions such as blindness, diabetes and heart disease. Regenerative medicine could also help heal failing organ systems and replace damaged tissue. While these fields hold great promise for medicine, external factors limit and, in some cases, stall research, organizers said. Ethical controversies surrounding human embryonic stem cells, policy issues affecting federal and state funding and regulation, and economic pressures all play a role in determining the future of research.In his presentation, Srivastava will explore the current and future potential of stem cells and regenerative medicine. Following the presentation, he will discuss policy challenges and opportunities with Lane.The event is sponsored by the Baker Institute’s Science and Technology Policy Program and the Health Policy Forum.Members of the news media who want to attend should RSVP to Jeff Falk, associate director of national media relations at Rice, at [email protected] or 713-348-6775.The public must register to attend this event at http://bakerinstitute.org/events/register/1663/?submit=RSVP.For a map of Rice University’s campus with parking information, go to www.rice.edu/maps.-30-Follow the Baker Institute via Twitter @BakerInsitute.Follow Rice News and Media Relations via Twitter @RiceUNews.Founded in 1993, Rice University’s Baker Institute ranks among the top 15 university-affiliated think tanks in the world. As a premier nonpartisan think tank, the institute conducts research on domestic and foreign policy issues with the goal of bridging the gap between the theory and practice of public policy. The institute’s strong track record of achievement reflects the work of its endowed fellows, Rice University faculty scholars and staff, coupled with its outreach to the Rice student body through fellow-taught classes — including a public policy course — and student leadership and internship programs. Learn more about the institute at www.bakerinstitute.org or on the institute’s blog, http://blogs.chron.com/bakerblog. AddThislast_img read more

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