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BI-STEM CELL SCIENTISTS and BLACK VATICAN EYES

In STEM CELLS IN THE NEWS on March 26, 2012 at 8:44 pm

“Bi-Stem Cell” describes a researcher who goes both ways; delving into the areas of both Adult and Embryonic…or maybe even iPSC if they are really open minded.  I did a quick check on the internet and I do believe I’ve coined this term.

 

Background: 

  1. The Vatican is pro-Adult stem cells first for religious reasons (based on the controversy associated with  Embryonic stem cells) and secondly because Adult stem cell treatments work and Embryonic do not (see Stem Cells 101).
  2. The Vatican publicizes a stem cell conference and invites two speakers who happen to research both Adult AND Embryonic stem cells.
  3. How should the Vatican handle these “bi-stem cell” speakers?

Now that we’re up to speed:

The Vatican  asked the two “bi-stem cell” speakers to only speak about Adult stem cells and they agreed. 

Imagine, you bring in speakers who ‘go both ways’ and get them to talk only about the benefits of going…one of the ways.  Their very silence on the subject of Embryonic stem cells is an indictment of Embryonic and an endorsement of Adult stem cells.  Not a bad plan if it works; but then…it all went sideways.  Apparently, the prelates raised concerns about how bi-stem cell scientists would confuse the masses, the conference was ultimately cancelled and now the Vatican public relations stem cell endeavor is tripping over its own feet. 

Conclusion:

Can science and religion peacefully co-exist? I don’t know…

but while this new ‘Black Vatican Eye’ is unfortunate, the real damage is to the millions of people who look to the Vatican for guidance in life and death decisions and will not see these two scientists extolling the proven virtues of the safety and therapeutic benefits of Adult stem cells. The ramification of this fumble effects not only the eternal souls of the churches members but also the extension of their health, longevity and quality of life AND the potential postponement of their deaths.

-David Granovsky

Canceled Stem Cell Conference is Another Black Eye for the Vatican

Vatican

Vatican (Photo credit: tejvanphotos)

I think the ghost of Teilhard de Chardin haunts the Vatican.

Whatever merits Pope Benedict deserves as a theologian, his papacy seems to be marked by one public relations debacle after another.

The latest black eye comes with the report this past Friday that the Pontifical Academy for Life is canceling a much publicized stem cell conference that was to take place next month, featuring (among many others) speakers like Douglas Melton and George Daley, leading researchers from the Harvard Stem Cell Institute.

The Third International Congress on Responsible Stem Cell Research was going to commence  at the Vatican on April 25th, for three days of presentations and discussion and to conclude with an audience with Pope Benedict XVI.

According to David Kerr’s report, one member of the Academy, who did not wish to be identified, had this to say: “I am infinitely relieved that the Church has avoided a major blunder which would have confused the faithful for decades to come.”

He then added, implausibly, “The Holy Spirit has certainly shown to be present through those faithful members who drew attention to the ambiguity of the choice of speakers. I hope and pray that a review will be affected of the basis on which these congresses are planned.”

As is well known, the Catholic Church is opposed to embryonic stem cell research, judging it as unethical because it involves the willful destruction of human embryos.

Melton and Daley conduct research using both embryonic and adult stem cells, but their agreement was to discuss only the latter at the conference…

Canceled Stem Cell Conference is Another Black Eye for the Vatican – Forbes.

Worldwide Medical Conference Draws over 30 Countries, 150 Top Scientists to Indianapolis, Indiana

In STEM CELLS IN THE NEWS on July 19, 2010 at 2:39 pm

Worldwide Medical Conference Draws over 30 Countries, 150 Top Scientists to Indianapolis, Indiana

The International Federation of Adipose Therapeutics and Science (IFATS) is holding their 2007 world medical and research conference in Indianapolis, Indiana, October 18-20. The conference will present advancements in research of Adipose derived stem cells This will be the last IFATS conference to be held in the United States in the near future, as the conference moves to France next year and South Korea in 2009.

Multidisciplinary investigators from over 30 countries will attend the three-day conference, hosted by Keith L. March, MD, PhD, current IFATS president, Professor of Medicine, Physiology, and Biomedical Engineering, Indiana University School of Medicine.

This is the only organization that focuses on the understanding and treatment of disease by probing into the characteristics of adipose tissue and its rich repository of stem cells. This meeting will be more exciting than ever before, with the field of adipose stem cells having demonstrated a truly remarkable growth in interest over the last year. This is based on a progressive recognition of the host of possibilities for addressing diseases that affect very many people, including those with heart disease, problems with circulation to the legs, stroke, neurological disorders, diabetes, obesity, hemophilia, autoimmune diseases, kidney disease, bone and joint problems, and others.

More than 150 researchers from over 30 countries will join with representatives from more than 15 companies that are actively working in the area of adipose stem cells. Keynote lectures from scientists who have made truly seminal contributions in the translational science of other important types of adult stem cells will greatly enrich the 2007 conference. Dr. Anthony Atala (leader in the field of amniotic-fluid derived stem cells). Dr. Hal Broxmeyer (discover of umbilical cord-blood derived stem cells), and Dr. Katarina LeBlanc (leader in the field of bone-marrow derived mesenchymal stem cells) will lecture in their respective disciplines. Biosketches of each of these speakers is available on the IFATS website: http://www.ifats.org. A number of new clinical trials using or planning the use of adipose stem cells in patients will be discussed by the investigators.

via Worldwide Medical Conference Draws over 30 Countries, 150 Top Scientists to Indianapolis, Indiana.

“Stem Cell Awareness Seminar” Tampa, FLA. Aug 28, 2010

In STEM CELLS IN THE NEWS on June 22, 2010 at 6:40 pm

“Stem Cell Awareness Seminar”


August 28,2010 1:00pm – 5:00pm
Free Admission – open to the public

SEMINAR FOCUS:

Learn the Truth regarding the differences between embryonic and adult stem cell treatments. Doctors, patients and others will share their knowledge and experiences with you and answer any questions you may have on stem cells.

Regenerative stem cell therapies for diseases, disorders and injuries will be discussed: ALS, Alzheimer’s disease, Ataxia, Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Diabetes, Heart disease, Lupus, Multiple Sclerosis, Muscular Dystrophy, ONH & optic disorders, Parkinson’s disease, Spinal Cord Injury and Stroke patients have shown significant improvements after treatment.

Several doctors will speak about the progress they have noted in their patients. They will share information with you both pre and post stem cell therapies. You will also hear from several stem cell patients who will share their personal experiences and views of this regenerative therapy. You can also read documented case studies of adult stem cell patients.

David Granovsky, author of “The Stem Cell Blog” and the 1st children’s book on stem cells  “Super Stemmys Doris and the Super Cells” will begin the discussions.

We look forward to meeting you!

LOCATION:

Marriott Tampa Airport Hotel
Tampa International Airport
4200 George J. Bean Pkwy.
Tampa, Florida 33607

Hotel Reservations 800-564-3440 , ask for Stem Cell awareness room block or Http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/tpaap? group Code= STCSTCA

SIGN UP:

Please RSVP by filling out the following survey:

STEM CELL AWARENESS SEMINAR SIGN UP SHEET/SURVEY

ORGANIZER’S CONTACT INFO:

Carol Petersen
Stem Cell Advocate
Ph: 1-941-235-0088
carolptrsn@msn.com

MSC2009 – Adult Stem Cell Conference – General Biotechnology

In BUSINESS OF STEM CELLS on August 26, 2009 at 6:29 pm

CLEVELAND, Ohio –MSC2009, the regenerative medicine and adult stem cell therapy conference, on Monday started a three-day gathering that features a largely academic audience from as far away as Brazil, Iran and Russia discussing innovations and research in the field.

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General Biotechnology is developing preservation methods for an array of cell types including stem cells. The company makes a series of devices dealing with stem cells, including a biomaterial that helps support fragile cells, and products that harvest and test stem cells taken from umbilical cord blood.

via http://www.medcitynews.com/index.php/2009/08/video-3-stem-cell-businesses-at-msc2009/

MSC2009 – Adult Stem Cell Therapy Conference – Pluristem

In BUSINESS OF STEM CELLS on August 26, 2009 at 6:10 pm

CLEVELAND, Ohio –MSC2009, the regenerative medicine and adult stem cell therapy conference, on Monday started a three-day gathering that features a largely academic audience from as far away as Brazil, Iran and Russia discussing innovations and research in the field.

Vodpod videos no longer available.

Pluristem Therapeutics is a publicly traded company that uses adult stem cells and is developing its first treatment, which would address peripheral artery disease. In addition, the company thinks it can development product to help other afflictions including Crohn’s disease, multiple sclerosis and ischemic stroke.

Its peripheral artery disease treatment, PLX-PAD, is in the midst of Phase I clinical trials in the United States and Europe, and the company planned to present details of that study at the conference.

via Video: 3 stem cell businesses at MSC2009 : MedCity News.

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