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Professor Melanie Welham will speak about the issues surrounding the use of stem cells
Professor Melanie Welham will speak about the issues surrounding the use of stem cells

Press Release - 20 March 2006

Stem cells - the ethical and medical issues

Why do stem cells generate so much interest? Local people can enter the debate at a free public lecture on the unique properties of stem cells at the University of Bath on Wednesday 22 March.

There has been much media coverage about the prospect of using cells and tissues generated from stem cells for transplantation to cure chronic disorders, notably Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimers’ disease and type I Diabetes.

In her lecture, Stem cells: biomedicines for the 21st Century?, Professor Melanie Welham will explore the outstanding scientific, medical and ethical issues surrounding stem cells that need to be overcome before they find their way into the clinic. These aspects will be discussed in relation to the future therapeutic potential of stem cells.

In 2004, Professor Welham became the first female professor in the 97-year history of the Department of Pharmacy and Pharmacology at the University of Bath. She has long-term interests in investigating the control of cell behaviour and her laboratory is currently focussing on the regulation of the behaviour of stem cells.

Admission to the talk is free, and people can just turn up on the evening. Free parking is available in the West Car Park. All lectures run from 5.15pm until 6.15pm in the lecture hall 8 West 1.1 on the Claverton campus.

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