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Stem cell research and ethics

25 September 2006

ATTENTION: Medical, health and public policy reporters, news editors

Contact: Kathleen Maclay, Media Relations
(510) 643-5651 kmaclay@berkeley.edu

"Ethical Worlds of Stem Cell Medicine," a two-day conference at the University of California, Berkeley, and at UC San Francisco (UCSF).

The program will feature expert panel discussions about the ethical issues relating to the interplay of patient activism/advocacy and disability rights; procurement of stem cells; minority and diversity representation in stem cell medicine; academic and industry alliances; and the implications, risks and benefits of public and commercial alliances in stem cell research.

2-5:30 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 28, and 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Friday, Sept. 29

Thursday's session will take place at UC Berkeley's Doreen B. Townsend Center for the Humanities, 220 Stephens Hall. Directions to the Townsend Center are online at: http://townsendcenter.berkeley.edu/directions.shtml. Friday's sessions will take place at the Millberry Union Conference Center, 500 Parnassus Ave., at UCSF. Directions to the Millberry Center are online at: http://www.mps.ucsf.edu/conference/info/map.php.

Experts from UC Berkeley, UCSF, UC Santa Cruz, UC San Diego, UC Hastings College of the Law, Columbia University, the University of Minnesota, the Center for Genetics and Society, the University of Wisconsin, Madison, New York University, Yeshiva University and the University of London.

The conference is sponsored by the Humanities Research Institute at UC Irvine, the Project in Stem Cells and Society/Stem Cell program and Science, Technology and Society Center at UC Berkeley, and UC Berkeley's Townsend Center, UC Berkeley's International and Area Studies, UC Berkeley's Anthropology Department and the History and Social Medicine Humanities Fund at UCSF. More details are available online at: http://www.dahsm.medschool.ucsf.edu/events/conferences/Stem_Cell_2006/stem_cell_conference_schedule.aspx or http://stsc.berkeley.edu/STSC_conferences.asp.


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