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April 14, 2009, 11:08 am

A Father’s Quest to Cure His Daughter

Stem cell research has been getting a lot of attention lately. Last month, President Obama lifted the Bush administration’s strict limits on human embryonic stem cell research. The actor Michael J. Fox recently appeared on “The Daily Show” promoting his new book and the need for stem cell studies.

And recently the prestigious Peabody awards, issued for excellence in electronic media, recognized a moving independent film, “Mapping Stem Cell Research: Terra Incognita.” The documentary explores the science, emotions and ethical complications of stem cell research through the story of a scientist who focused his research efforts on spinal cord injury after his daughter became paralyzed in a skiing accident.

Tonight, The New School in Manhattan will offer a free screening of “Terra Incognita,” followed by a discussion with the filmmakers and scientists involved. (Click on the highlighted link for details.) To see a trailer of the film, click on the link below:

via A Father’s Quest to Cure His Daughter – Well Blog – NYTimes.com.

Stem Cells in the City: Science, Narratives, and Film

Terra Incognita: Mapping Stem Cell Research Screening and Discussion

Sponsored by Eugene Lang College and Project Pericles

Advances in stem cell research are occurring at a dizzying pace, yet many argue the field is not moving fast enough, while others ask for a more measured pace. Who are the stakeholders and why do they have such different views?

Join the New School for the film screening of the feature length documentary film Terra Incognita, which provides an inside look into the lives of stem cell researchers and the fierce competition for being the first to make a breakthrough. The film follows the constantly evolving interplay between the promise of new discoveries, the controversy of modern science and the resilience and courage of people living every day with devastating disease and injury.

For more details visit http://www.kartemquin.com/films/terra-incognita.


Maria Finizto, Director and Producer of Terra Incognita

Xiao Hu, New York Stem Cell Foundation Druckenmiller Fellow, Albert Einstein College of Medicine

Brian Newman, CEO of Tribeca Film Institute

Alexis Gambis, Cancer Genetics, Rockefeller University, Artistic Director and Founder, Imagine Science Film Festival, and Sloan Film Advisory Committee Member

Moderator: Katayoun Chamany, Associate Professor of Biology, Eugene Lang College, The New School for Liberal Arts

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