Public Debate: Stem Cells: Are they Ready for Regenerative Therapy? BHAW 2015


Please join us for a second year as CBC’s Adrian Harewood moderates this evening’s session, which boasts to be exceptionally informative as a panel of Canadian Experts debate whether the use of stem cells for regenerative therapy is as glamorous as it is portrayed to be.

Stem cells give the hope of replacing lost or damaged cells, due to an accident, disease or the aging process, in scenarios that may otherwise be impossible. This is especially true for the brain, where the vast majority of neurons cannot be replaced once they are lost. This evening will focus on the advances that have been made through research and highlight evidence for whether stem cells truly hold therapeutic potential. Our guest panelists are internationally renowned experts in the field of stem cell usage and regenerative research, who will present eloquent arguments voicing the evidences to support either claim.

Joining us to defend the stance that stem cells are ready for regenerative therapy are Dr. Derek van der Kooy, a Professor in the Department of Molecular Genetics at the University of Toronto and Dr. William Stanford, a Senior Scientist at the Sprott Centre for Stem Cell Research at the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute.

Countering and presenting the argument that stem cells are not ready for regenerative therapy are Dr. Judy Illes, Director of the National Core for Neuroethics and Professor of Neurology at the University of British Columbia, and Dr. Leonard Maler, a Professor in the Department of Cellular and Molecular Medicine at the University of Ottawa`s Faculty of Medicine.

The audience will have the opportunity to vote on the best argued point-of-view and make the verdict. This will be followed by a brief open session where the audience can participate in the discussion and ask the expert panelists questions about regenerative stem cell research.


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