2008 – ISSCR Press Releases and Statements

Leading International Stem Cell Society to Hold First-Ever Global Forum

Stem Cell Leaders to Discuss Scientific Breakthroughs in Stem Cell Research

Deerfield, IL – The International Society for Stem Cell Research (ISSCR) invites you to attend the ISSCR Global Forum Press Conference, held from noon – 1 p.m. March 19, 2008, at the Ritz Carlton at Half Moon Bay in California. More than 30 of the foremost scientists, business leaders, governmental and industry officials are gathering examine the current state of stem cell research around the world.

The Forum will provide an opportunity to explore, from a global perspective, the multitude of new scientific, clinical, regulatory, ethical and societal issues that accompany the potential of stem cell therapies.

The press conference will address two topical issues: the continued pursuit of human embryonic stem cell research in view of recent induced pluripotent stem cell discoveries, and the promotion of safe, measured approaches to the application of stem cell therapies.

Invited press panelists include:

  • George Q. Daley, MD, PhD,
    Children’s Hospital Boston (USA)- President of the ISSCR
  • Robert Goldstein, MD, PhD,
    Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (USA)
  • Robert Klein, JD, 
    Independent Citizens’ Oversight Committee,
     California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (USA)
  • Story Landis, PhD,
    National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, NIH (USA)
  • Olle Lindvall, MD, PhD,
    University of Lund (Sweden)
  • Sir Ian Wilmut, PhD, DSc, 
    University of Edinburgh, Scottish Centre for Regenerative Medicine (Scotland)

In light of the rapidly expanding field of stem cell research, initiating this meeting was a logical step for ISSCR. “The ISSCR is in a unique position to influence stem cell research worldwide,” said ISSCR President George Q. Daley, MD, PhD. “We are meeting to biopsy the field, to learn how the ISSCR can best help the media, the public and funding institutions understand the implications of scientific breakthroughs with stem cells.”

Members of the press are invited to attend the ISSCR Global Forum Press Conference.  The Forum is a closed meeting and only journalists who are employed by, or on official assignment from, an accredited news organization for the purpose of editorial coverage will be granted complimentary press credentials to attend the press conference. To register, e-mail your contact information and affiliation to Meagan Comerford at mcomerford@isscr.org.

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The International Society for Stem Cell Research is an independent, nonprofit membership organization established to promote and foster the exchange and dissemination of information and ideas relating to stem cells, to encourage the general field of research involving stem cells and to promote professional and public education in all areas of stem cell research and application.