Experts Discuss Stem Cell Research at Three-Day Event in
Edward Miller, John D. Gearhart,
Aravinda Chakravarti and Ruth Faden
PHOTO BY DAVID W. POWELL
In a panel moderated by Johns Hopkins Medicine CEO
Edward Miller, photo left, Ruth Faden, executive director
R. Berman Bioethics Institute, points out some of the
ethical concerns surrounding scientific advancements in
stem cell research to 150 alumni and friends at an event
called "The Science, Ethics and Politics of Stem Cell
Research," held Nov. 15 in Washington, D.C.
Joining them on the panel — which highlighted
the advancements and obstacles to the promising field, in
which Johns Hopkins is a long-acknowledged leader —
are John D. Gearhart, the C. Michael Armstrong Professor of
Medicine and director of the Stem Cell Biology Division of
Institute for Cell Engineering at Hopkins, and Aravinda
Chakravarti, director of the
McKusick-Nathans Institute of Genetic Medicine and
Henry J. Knott Professor at Hopkins.
The panel, sponsored by the Johns Hopkins
Institutions, capped three days devoted to public and
academic discussion about stem cell research.
On Nov. 13 and 14, the Berman Bioethics Institute
hosted a two-day symposium among nationally renowned
scientists and ethicists on "Interstate Collaboration in
Stem Cell Research." On Nov. 15, a day-long "Stem Cell 101"
event for more than 80 alumni, policy-makers and guests
featured three panels with experts from the Stowers
Institute in Missouri; the California Institute for
Regenerative Medicine; and Georgetown, Columbia and Johns
Hopkins universities exploring stem cell science and
alternatives, ethical considerations and the political
outlook as states consider their own funding and
restrictions in the absence of a national policy. The
luncheon keynote speaker was Rep. Mike Castle (R-Del.), who
spoke to a standing-room-only crowd about the events
leading to passage in the House of Representatives of the
Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act of 2005 and its
prospects for Senate consideration.
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