Human embryonic stem cell research is viewed as a critical area of study by much of the science and medical community. While a significant amount of research is necessary before embryonic stem cells can be used in therapy, experts believe that one day embryonic stem cells might have the potential to cure or treat debilitating injuries or diseases such as spinal cord injury, Parkinson's disease and diabetes.
The mission of the Baker Institute's International Stem Cell Policy Program is to bring together scientists, ethicists, policymakers, media experts, and community and business leaders to find new ways to engage the general public in a dialogue on these vital issues. The "Stem Cell Theory and Practice" short course is a one-week course on stem cell biology, research, ethics and policy.
Support for this program has been generously provided by the State of Qatar and the emir of Qatar, His Highness Sheikh Bin Khallifa Al-Thani, through the State of Qatar Endowment for International Stem Cell Policy.
Special thanks are extended to the following conference sponsors:
The Brown Foundation Institute of Molecular Medicine for the Prevention of Human Diseases
Baylor College of Medicine
Rice University Institute of Bioscience and Bioengineering
Texas Heart Institute at St. Luke's Episcopal Hospital
The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center