Innovation and economic development in science require evidence-based research that informs and supports sound policies. Yet discussions about politically charged issues such as stem cell research are often sidetracked by misinformation that is disseminated to intentionally spread fear or to undermine public confidence. This weakens American competitiveness on the international stage and slows the development of new therapies. At this event, biologist Sean J. Morrison, Ph.D., will describe how policymakers can craft more-effective policies based upon solid scientific research.
Morrison, who is director of the Children"s Medical Center Research Institute at The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, has been involved in debates over stem cell research policies at the federal and state levels. While director of the Center for Stem Cell Biology at the University of Michigan, he was a leader in a successful ballot initiative that protected and regulated stem cell research in the Michigan State Constitution. He has twice testified before Congress and has spent considerable time explaining stem cell research and its implications to lawmakers and the public.