Stanford scholar and author to discuss the science of stem cels

Stanford scholar and author to discuss the science of stem cells

Athens, Ga. – Life sciences scholar and author Christopher Thomas Scott will explain the science, outline the issues and discuss the possible achievements of stem cell research as keynote speaker for the University of Georgia’s Regenerative Bioscience Center Symposium on Monday, April 2.

His lecture, title “Biology’s Brave New World: Stem Cells in the Coming Century,” will take place at 7 p.m. in Mahler Auditorium at the Georgia Center for Continuing Education Conference Center and Hotel. It is free and open to the public.

“Chris Scott comes to UGA to help us connect the science of adult and embryonic stem cell research with the varying ethical and social viewpoints,” said Steven Stice, director of the Regenerative Bioscience Center. “His lecture will give Georgians the opportunity to become more informed about the moral and public policy issues that surround the science.”

Scott is executive director of Stanford University’s Center for Biomedical Ethics Program in Stem Cells and Society. He was formerly the assistant vice chancellor at the University of California, San Francisco, as was the founder and executive editor of the award-winning biotech journal Acumen.

He has appeared on national radio and television and has written for major newspapers and journals such as Science, Nature Biotechnology and The Scientist. His most recent book, Stem Cell Now: An Introduction to the Coming Medical Revolution explains the science, ethics and politics of stem cell research to the lay reader.

A businessman and bench scientist, Scott spent 11 years in the biotechnology industry. He received his undergraduate and postgraduate training in biology from Colorado University and a graduate degree focused on biomedical policy from Stanford.

Formed in early 2003, the Regenerative Bioscience Center holds public forums in regenerative science, facilitates cross-disciplinary interactions and supports career development opportunities for new and established investigators at UGA.

The RBC symposium is held twice a year in conjunction with UGA’s Human Embryonic Stem Cell Toolbox (HEST) Workshop. The five-day clinic, sponsored by the National Institutes of Health, gives scientists who anticipate working with embryonic stem cells the most updated information on their derivation, differentiation and use.

The lecture is sponsored by ThermoFisher Scientific (Hyclone), NIH, UGA Biomedical and Health Sciences Institute, Hunt Optics and Imaging, Inc., Invitrogen, Millipore-Chemicon and UGA Office of the Vice President for Research.

For more information about the Regenerative Science Center or the symposium, visit www.biomed.uga.edu.