The scale of the medical challenges that an ageing population poses for healthcare in the future will require radical solutions, of which harnessing the potential of stem cells represents a promising strategy. At this event, taking place at King’s College London, near Guy’s Hospital, issues surrounding stem cell research will be the subject of an evening of interactive discussion, debate, short films and ending in a vote.
This seminar, hosted by the Centre of Human & Aerospace Physiological Sciences together with the Centre for Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine, will address such questions as the potential of stem cells, the safety of treatment involving stem cells and their availability in the UK; presenting both patient and scientist perspectives.
The audience will first be presented with a fictional application from a biotechnology company to treat sufferers of cardiac disease with stem cells. Participants will then be able to vote on whether permission should be granted. Following this we will explore different sources of stem cells and perspectives on stem cell research for cardiac disease. Short films dealing with some of the questions raised will also be shown and at the end of the event, participants will be asked to give their final vote. The evening will conclude with a discussion with members of the hosting panel, during which audience members can make their own comments and ask questions.