Archive for June, 2011

Notre Dame hosts conference on adult/non-embryonic stem cell research

Posted on June 29, 2011 in News, Notre Dame

From the Notre Dame Newswire:


Some of the world’s leading scholars across a variety of relevant disciplines are visiting the University of Notre Dame for a week-long “Workshop on Adult and Non-embryonic Stem Cell Research,” being held on campus through July 2.

“The initiative seeks to demonstrate that respect for the equal dignity of every human being – from conception to natural death – and a commitment to excellence and rigor in research are both integral and complementary goods necessary to pursuing the proper ends of biomedical science,” said Carter Snead, professor of law and one of the workshop leaders.

In conjunction with the workshop, an afternoon lecture series, “Alternate Visions of Stem Cell Research: Scientific, Ethical, Legal & Theological Dimensions” is open to the public at 4 p.m. each day in the Patrick F. McCartan Courtroom in the Eck Hall of Law. A list of topics is available here.

Snead and Emeritus Professor Phillip Sloan of Notre Dame’s Department of History and Philosophy of Science and Program of Liberal Studies are leading the workshop and hosting the week’s public events, which are part of a University-wide effort to develop a center for high-level interdisciplinary work on the various dimensions of human developmental biology.

A complete schedule of speakers and events is available here.

Hosted by Notre Dame’s Initiative on Adult Stem Cell Research and Ethics, the conference is sponsored by numerous campus groups, including the Office of the President.

As the premier American Catholic research university, Notre Dame is ideally suited for this work with strong departments in biology, engineering, law, theology, philosophy, and the history and philosophy of science, as well as scholars in each component with expertise in all aspects of stem cell research.

Vatican supports Adult Stem Cell Research, gives $1 million

Posted on June 21, 2011 in Catholic Church, News

The Catholic Church is teaming up with a biotech firm that is engaging in adult stem cell research — helping prove its contention that it is supportive of stem cell research without destroying human life.

The Vatican’s Pontifical Council for Culture has announced steps forward in their partnership designed to advance adult stem cell research with NeoStem, an international biopharmaceutical company.

In a press conference at the Vatican, Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi, President of the Pontifical Council for Culture, Dr. Robin L. Smith, Chairman and CEO of NeoStem, and Reverend Tomasz Trafny, Head of the Science and Faith Department at the Pontifical Council for Culture, provided further details on both their ongoing partnership and on a groundbreaking event the international Vatican conference on adult stem cells which is scheduled for November 9 – 11, 2011 at the Vatican.

Read the whole article here.