High School Students Shadow Leading Stem Cell Researchers

  • 14 June, 2007

Cairns, Queensland, Australia – Local students from Cairns State High School CSHS will have the opportunity to experience first-hand the high-level discussions and presentations at the International Society for Stem Cell Research (ISSCR) 5th Annual Meeting. The latest advancements in stem cell research will be presented June 17-20 at the Cairns Convention Centre in Cairns, Australia. The event expects to draw more than 1,900 of the world’s leading stem cell researchers and marks the society’s first meeting held outside North America.

The students will join some of the world’s foremost scientific researchers during a networking luncheon hosted by members of the ISSCR Junior Investigator Committee. Students will be able to speak one-on-one with researchers and participate in open discussions about the current and future state of stem cell research.

“It is very rare that high school students are exposed to such a high-quality, leading-edge forum,” said Dr. Steve Kavanagh, molecular biology coordinator at CSHS. “It not only gives students an insight into genuine science, but it allows them to experience scientific discussion between some of the world’s leading researchers in the field. It is an invaluable learning experience,” he said.

ISSCR executive director, Nancy Witty looks forward to hosting the students and hopes the opportunity will encourage them to understand and appreciate the value of the science. “We have a very keen interest in developing the next generation of scientists. Introducing these students to a world class event such as this is an initiative we are pleased to support.”

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.

14 June, 2007