International Exchanges on Stem Cell Research

Research on stem cells is rapidly moving forward and possible clinical benefits are considered as an ultimate goal. As the science advances, current policies in the E.U. and in the U.S. are the subject of continuous debate. As these policies continue to evolve, it is important to maintain an international dialogue, so that policies do not diverge in a manner that slows research and hampers collaboration.

 

The Office of Science and Technology of the Embassy of France and the Center for American Progress are hosting an international workshop on stem cell science, ethics and policies. The conference will be co-hosted by Science and Technology Offices from E.U.-member embassies, as well as the Delegation of the European Commission in Washington. The workshop will bring together scientists, ethicists, and policy makers from Europe and the U.S. to exchange information, discuss policies and practices, and promote transatlantic cooperation within the field. The conference will include distinguished participants from France, the United States, Great Britain, the Netherlands, Germany and the European Commission.

 

Registration is free, and interested persons are urged to register as soon as possible due to limited seating. For further information about the conference, please contact Hedi Haddada, Attache for Science and Technology (attache-sdv.mst@ambafrance-us.org), or Sophia Gray, assistant for Science and Technology (sophia.gray@diplomatie.gouv.fr).

 

For the conference agenda, please visit: http://www.americanprogress.org/events/2007/06/intl_stemcell.html

Plenary Session Speaker:

 

Story Landis, Director of the National Institutes of Health Stem Cell Taskforce and Director of the National Institute for Neurological Disorders and Stroke

 

Speakers include:

 

Peter Braude, Head of the Department of Women’s Health at King’s College London
Ali Brivanlou, Professor at the Rockerfeller University
Carine Camby, Director General of the Agencie de la Biomedicine
Niels Geisjsen, Assistant Professor at Harvard Medical School
Debra Matthews, Assistant Director of Science Programs at the Berman Institute of Bioethics at Johns Hopkins University
Bruno Peault, Professor at the McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh
Alain Privat, Head Researcher at the Institut des Neurosciences de Montpellier
Caroline Trouet, Legal Officer at the Directorate for Public Health at the Office of the Health and Consumer Protection Directorate-General