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Press Release - 03 March 2008

Free public lecture to explore impact of stem cell research

Local people will be able to find out about stem cell research and its potential impact at a free public lecture at the University of Bath on Wednesday 5 March 2008 at 5.15pm (8 West, 1.1).

Stem cells are cells that have yet to specialise into the different types of cell, such as nerve, skin or tissue cells that are needed throughout the body.

By understanding how they work, scientists hope to use stem cells to develop treatments for a range of diseases, including Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s, or to repair damaged organs or spinal cord injuries

The lecture, organised by the University’s Department of Pharmacy & Pharmacology as part of its centenary celebrations, will look at some of the recent advances in stem cell research and discuss some of the ethical implications that it raises.

”It is becoming feasible to consider recreating the 3D structure of tissues including the central nervous system, muscle, liver and pancreas using stem cells,” said Professor Melanie Welham who will give the lecture with Dr Paul De Bank.

“However, important advances need to be made in many areas of molecular medicine".

Professor Welham and Dr De Bank are both involved with the University’s Centre for Regenerative Medicine, which brings together researchers working on developmental biology, stem cell biology and tissue engineering.

Admission for the lecture is free and people can just turn up on the day. Free parking is available in the West Car Park. The lecture runs from 5.15pm until 6.15pm in the lecture hall 8 West 1.1 on the Claverton campus.

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