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Regenerative Medicine: Highlighting and Correcting Misinformation

Regenerative Medicine: Highlighting and Correcting Misinformation

Advances in biomedical research are often hailed for their potential in treating a variety of human conditions, but many of the exciting discoveries in regenerative medicine are still far from delivering much-anticipated medical therapies. Today, interventions using stem cells — a key component in many regenerative processes — have only proven to be effective in a very limited set of cases. 

Still, stem cells have been widely marketed to the public for their regenerative properties and their promise for revolutionizing medicine, often with claims that far exceed the interventions’ known benefits. Such procedures are largely ineffective, at best; in the worst cases, patients exposed to interventions employing dubious methodology and lacking oversight have faced severe health complications.  

At this event, a panel of experts from various disciplines will discuss the clinical and promotional landscape of stem cell-based interventions. The panelists will share studies on misinformation perpetuated by less reputable providers, ways of correcting misinformation, and resources and multi-sectoral policy approaches to help lead patients to more informed decision-making.

This event is part of an annual policy lecture series co-sponsored by the Baker Institute Center for Health and Biosciences and the Texas Heart Institute, with support from the George and Mary Josephine Hamman Foundation. Follow @BakerCHB on Twitter, and join the conversation with #BakerHealth.



7:30 a.m. — Breakfast
8:00 a.m. — Welcome Remarks & Introduction
8:05 a.m. — Presentations
8:40 a.m. — Moderated Q&A


This event is free, but registration is required. Click here to register to attend in person, or click here to register to attend virtually via Zoom.

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Welcome Remarks

Kirstin R.W. Matthews, Ph.D.
Fellow in Science and Technology Policy, Baker Institute

Introduction & Moderator

Emerson Perin, M.D., Ph.D.
Director, Center for Clinical Research; Director, Stem Cell Center; and Medical Director, Texas Heart Institute


Zubin Master, Ph.D.
Nonresident Scholar, Baker Institute; Associate Professor of Biomedical Ethics, Biomedical Ethics Research Program and Center for Regenerative Medicine, Mayo Clinic

Emily Vraga, Ph.D.
Don and Carole Larson Professor in Health Communication, Hubbard School of Journalism and Mass Communication, University of Minnesota




Fri, Sept. 9, 2022
7:30 a.m. - 9 a.m.
(GMT-0500) US/Central


James A. Baker III Hall, Rice University
Rice University's Baker Institute — 6100 Main Street
Houston, Texas 77005

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