Public Stem Cell Education Day 2010

Detroit Science Center, Sunday, October 3rd, 10:00AM-5:00PM
Proudly Sponsored by The Taubman Foundation

Join us for the World Stem Cell Summit’s 3rd annual FREE public education day! Thought leaders and decision makers from around the world will be present at the Detroit Science Center, delivering the most timely and accurate stem cell science and regenerative medicine information to the general public.

Learn about the latest science breakthroughs, engage with leading experts, experience hands-on lab activities, watch award-winning documentaries, attend educational workshops, access classroom resources, learn how stem cell discoveries translate into medicine, hear inspiring advocacy stories, learn about the risks of unsafe stem cell treatments, and much more!

There will be a separate series of seminars and workshops specifically aimed at science teachers to provide them training and materials to take them back to their classrooms.

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The Taubman FoundationPublic Stem Cell Education Day 2010

Detroit Science Center, Sunday, October 3rd, 10:00AM-5:00PM

Join us for the World Stem Cell Summit’s 3rd annual FREE public education day! Thought leaders and decision makers from around the world will be present at the Detroit Science Center, delivering the most timely and accurate stem cell science and regenerative medicine information to the general public. The public education day will serve to empower citizens to make educated and intelligent decisions relating to this area of potentially lifesaving research and cures.

Learn about the latest science breakthroughs, engage with leading experts, experience hands-on lab activities, watch award-winning documentaries, attend educational workshops, access classroom resources, learn how stem cell discoveries translate into medicine, hear inspiring advocacy stories, learn about the risks of unsafe stem cell treatments, and much more!

There will be a separate series of seminars and workshops specifically aimed at science teachers to provide them training and materials to take them back to their classrooms.

CHRYSLER STAGE PANEL DISCUSSIONS AND FILMS

Opening Remarks
10:00AM-10:20AM, Chrysler Stage

INDESTRUCTIBLE – A DOCUMENTARY FILM
10:20AM-12:00PM, Toyota Engineering Theater

A monastery high atop the mountains of northwest China … the living room of a family devastated by terminal illness … the office of renowned neurologist Oliver Sacks … the Wailing Wall of Jerusalem … Indestructible travels an intimate journey of self-discovery for filmmaker Ben Byer as he battles the incurable and fatal neurodegenerative condition, ALS, or Lou Gehrig’s Disease. Beautifully shot by Academy Award– nominee Roko Belic (Genghis Blues), Byer takes a visually stunning global quest to survive as his body succumbs to the inexorable paralysis of ALS.

An unflinching self-portrait of a man confronted with life’s ultimate challenge, Indestructible goes deep within the human heart for a devastating, hilarious and inspiring story of the conflict between hope and fate.

TISSUE ENGINEERING & REGENERATIVE MEDICINE – AN EDUCATIONAL FILM
10:20AM-11:00AM, Dassault Systèmes Planetarium
Hosted by:  L. Tony Beck, PhD, National Institutes of Health

In the emerging field of tissue engineering, scientists, engineers, and medical experts are devising new ways to replace or support defective or injured body parts, and developing and manipulating laboratory-grown molecules, cells, tissues, or organs to heal what could not be healed before,. Tissue engineering’s impact on medical science has excited the imaginations of media members, science enthusiasts, medical practitioners, and the general public. Since tissue engineering is still a relatively new field, there are many questions: Why is tissue engineering important? Will tissue engineering replace or revolutionize organ transplantation? What else can it help cure or heal? What ethical issues are pertinent to the field? What can we do with tissue engineering now, and what will we be able to do with it in the future?


 

MORNING STEM CELLS 101 PRESENTATION
K. Sue O’Shea, PhD, University of Michigan
10:20AM-11:00AM, Chrysler Stage

Internationally renowned researchers from leading Michigan labs demystify the science behind stem cell research and regenerative medicine. Participants will be empowered as they learn about the many different types of stem cells found within our bodies and the various types of cells they give rise to. Participants will also investigate the differences between tissue specific, embryonic and induced pluripotent stem cells and be introduced to the fundamental properties that distinguish all stem cells, including induced pluripotent stem cells, from other cells in our body. We strongly recommended that participants consider attending a stem cells 101 presentation to better understand and appreciate the wide array of presentations, workshops and documentaries taking place throughout the day.

MORNING CONVERSATIONS WITH EXPERTS PANEL DISCUSSION
11:00AM-12:00PM, Chrysler Stage

Each year, the World Stem Cell Summit brings together the field’s preeminent scientists, regenerative medicine business leaders, investors, educators, advocates, ethicists, policy makers, and government representatives from around the world. It provides a unique opportunity to network and make new connections, share knowledge, and collaborate with the best and brightest to tackle the field’s most important issues. This panel discussion is designed to bridge together the leadership of the stem cell community and the general public. Make sure to speak up and ask lots of questions!

Discoveries to Cures Panel Discussion
12:00PM-1:00PM, Chrysler Stage

On a seemingly daily basis, the media presents us with news stories highlighting stem cell breakthroughs and the future applications of regenerative medicine. We read stories about paralyzed rats walking after embryonic stem cell injections, mice having vision restored from stem cells, organs such as bladders, rat lungs and pig hearts engineered in labs. How do these scientific discoveries translate into cures? How does the recent Sherley v. Sebelius federal court case affect the stem cell field? What types of stem cells are currently being used in the clinic? How do we balance the speed of translation and patient safety? What is the role of the FDA and other regulatory agencies and why are they so critical to our safety? What kind of technology and infrastructure are necessary to produce scalable products? How will we pay for these medical miracles? What exactly is the state of the regenerative medicine industry? Get the answers to these questions and don’t miss the Discoveries to Cures panel discussion featuring leaders from science, business, policy, law, ethics and advocacy.

LIFE IS FOR THE LIVING – A DOCUMENTARY FILM
The People, The Politics, The Science, The Hope
1:00PM-2:30PM, Toyota Engineering Theater

The stories of five American families living with the painful realities of juvenile diabetes, Parkinson’s disease , and spinal cord injury are set against the national debate over human embryonic stem cell research. As the debate continues in Washington and across the country, three generations reveal their challenges, their frustration with the federal policy, and the hope that more funding for embryonic stem cell research will lead to new treatments and cures to relieve their suffering and save their lives.

Life is for the Living also explores the science behind stem cell research and the political debate taking place across the nation. The film includes an introduction by CBS 60 Minutes’ Mike Wallace and interviews with the nation’s leading scientific researchers, political leaders, and advocates.

AFTERNOON STEM CELLS 101 PRESENTATION
1:00PM-2:00PM, Chrysler Stage

Internationally renowned researchers from leading Michigan labs demystify the science behind stem cell research and regenerative medicine. Participants will be empowered as they learn about the many different types of stem cells found within our bodies and the various types of cells they give rise to. Participants will also investigate the differences between tissue specific, embryonic and induced pluripotent stem cells and be introduced to the fundamental properties that distinguish all stem cells, including induced pluripotent stem cells, from other cells in our body. We strongly recommended that participants consider attending a stem cells 101 presentation to better understand and appreciate the wide array of presentations, workshops and documentaries taking place throughout the day.

AFTERNOON CONVERSATIONS WITH EXPERTS PANEL DISCUSSION
2:00PM-3:00PM, Chrysler Stage

Each year, the World Stem Cell Summit brings together the field’s preeminent scientists, regenerative medicine business leaders, investors, educators, advocates, ethicists, policy makers, and government representatives from around the world. It provides a unique opportunity to network and make new connections, share knowledge, and collaborate with the best and brightest to tackle the field’s most important issues. This panel discussion is designed to bridge together the leadership of the stem cell community and the general public. Make sure to speak up and ask lots of questions!

MEDICAL TOURISM PANEL DISCUSSION: A CLOSER LOOK AT STEM CELL TREATMENTS
3:00PM-4:00PM, Chrysler Stage

“While advances are being made, they are not at the rate nor number many patients and their loved ones hoped for.  Accompanying the expectation of stem cell science to deliver a revolution has been the marketing of unproven if experimental stem cell therapies, usually via the Internet.” Megan Munsie, Senior Manager of Research and Government Affairs, Australian Stem Cell Center

We have all heard about the extraordinary promise that stem cell research holds for the treatment of human diseases. Clinics all over the world claim to offer stem cell treatments for a wide variety of conditions. Are all of these treatments likely to be safe and effective? This panel presentation, led by the Science Director of the International Society of Stem Cell Research (ISSCR) Heather Rooke, Ph.D., and Megan Munsie, Senior Manager of Research and Government Affairs at the Australian Stem Cell Center, will provide patients, families and their care providers with the critical information they need to navigate the world of stem cell treatments and make informed decisions about their health and safety. Attendees will receive patient handbooks from both the ISSCR and the Australian Stem Cell Centre to help evaluate stem cell treatment options. Attendees will also hear about the new ISSCR initiative and website, A Closer Look at Stem Cell Treatments, which provides information on the top things to know about stem cell treatments, how science becomes medicine, what questions to ask when considering stem cell treatments, and even allows for patients to submit a clinic claiming to be a stem cell treatment provider for review. This is a must attend presentation for anyone considering stem cell treatments. 

 

CLOSING REMARKS AND STORIES FROM STEM CELL ADVOCATES
4:00PM-5:00PM, Chrysler Stage
Remarks by:
Gayle Taubman Kalisman
Co-Chair of the A. Alfred Taubman Medical Research Institute at the University of Michigan
President of the Taubman Foundation

This closing advocacy panel shares not only the heroic stories of Michigan patient advocates like Danny Heumman and Laura Jackson, but also invites professional advocates, Sheri Mark, President of Michigan Citizens for Stem Cell Research and Cures and internationally renowned stem cell expert William Lensch of Harvard Medical School to remind us about the continual need for advocacy…or maybe more simply put…education. 

“At the end of the day, a scientist is primarily an advocate for understanding, clarity and even truth. Thus, while advocacy as a pursuit may be an uncomfortable mantle for most scientists, I think that advocacy is nothing more than education in disguise.”  William Lensch, Ph.D.

 TEACHER WORKSHOPS, RESOURCES AND HANDS ON LAB ACTIVITIES

“Never before has a biology related topic dominated the 24-hour news cycle the way stem cells do. Stem cells are the ultimate teaching resource, creating wonderful opportunities and challenges for thousands of teachers. From development to disease, breakthrough technologies unlock what it means to be human, and students are intrigued and engaged like never before.”
– Marrion Jaskot, President, National Association of Biology Teachers

Teacher Workshop: Online Stem Cell Educational Resources
11:00AM-11:30AM, Dassault Systèmes Planetarium
Hosted by: Robert E. Margolin MS, MBA, Genetics Policy Institute

Are you having a hard time finding credible, high quality educational content online that’s up-do-date and relevant to your science classroom? Look no further! This intensive workshop will introduce educators and the public to some of the best educational resources on the web. This one hour workshop is designed for teachers and people looking for scientifically credible websites and online resources that provide factual information about stem cells and the field of regenerative medicine and that may also serve as educational resources in K-12 classrooms.  

Teacher Workshop: Stem Cell School’s Lesson on Cellular Reprogramming and the Creation of Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells: From Dolly to iPS
11:30AM-12:00 Noon, Dassault Systèmes Planetarium
Hosted by: Robert E. Margolin MS, MBA, Genetics Policy Institute

Teachers! Don’t miss this education lesson and tour of Stem Cell School, a brand-new website designed for high school and undergraduate level life-science educators. The unique educational content found on this site was developed collaboratively with award winning high school educators, international stem cell organizations and professional medical animators–creating dynamic and engaging educational resources that teach pertinent cellular biology topics through the lens of stem cells and cellular reprogramming.

Stem Cell School provides teachers with a “turn-key” multimedia learning module that features: computer generated animations, an illustrated glossary, microscopy images and video library, quiz questions a robust stem cell glossary and much more! The materials provided on the Stem Cell School website may be used to supplement the teaching of: gene regulation, gene transcription and protein translation, biotechnology, genetic engineering and transgenics, developmental biology and epigenetics and viral infection and replication.

Teacher Workshop:  Stem Cells—Science and Ethics
12:00 Noon-2:00PM, Earth Classroom
Hosted by: Jeanne Ting Chowning, NWABR MS, Northwest Association for Biomedical Research

Explore the science behind stem cells as well as ethical implications of embryonic stem cell research using hands-on engaging activities.  Receive the 5-lesson unit on CD.

This session will provide an overview of our popular resource on stem cell science and ethics geared towards secondary science classrooms.  The unit begins with a laboratory examination of planaria as a model organism for understanding stem cell biology.  It provides engaging activities that highlight early embryonic development and compare and contrast different types of stem cells. Additional activities focus on the bioethical dimensions of stem cell research, including the variety of positions held by different stakeholders in the stem cell debate.  A Socratic Seminar allows students to discuss the ethical issues surrounding embryonic stem cell research.  The culminating assessment provides an opportunity for students to either prepare a letter to the President’s Bioethics Commission or propose a grant to fund research for a specific disease or disorder.

Participants will receive practical strategies for managing bioethical discussions related to stem cells, an overview of scientific aspects of stem cell biology, and a CD containing the complete unit.

These materials were developed in conjunction with classroom teachers and were made possible by a NIH Science Education Partnership Award grant.

The session addresses National Life Science Content Standard F, Science in Personal and Social Perspectives, which indicates that all students should develop understanding of science and technology in local, national, and global challenges.

Teacher Workshop: FREE Teachers Stem Cell Resources Kit
2:00PM-3:00PM, Earth Classroom
Hosted by: Rebecca Skinner, Australian Stem Cell Centre

Education is a fundamental component of the work of the Australian Stem Cell Center (ASCC). The Centre receives a significant number of enquiries from students and teachers seeking information, from the basics of stem cell biology to legislation and ethics. As Australia’s largest funding body for stem cell science, the ASCC wanted to help introduce stem cell science into the classroom. We’re pleased to offer this FREE resource for teachers – a six chapter Stem Cell Teachers’ Kit that includes topics ranging from cell differentiation and gene signaling to the ethical considerations of this field.

The Kit contains:
•    over 30 handouts and activities (with teachers’ copy)
•    common acronyms and glossary
•    additional PowerPoint presentations
•    a Curriculum Guide demonstrating which activities are relevant to biology in your state, as well as examples for Religious Education and Philosophy.


 

Teacher Workshop: Healthy Heart
3:00PM-4:00PM, Earth Classroom
Hosted by: Amber Young, Jayla Hubbard, William Marshall, and Nimet Williams

Stem cells promise to take center stage in the field of medicine in the coming years. To expand awareness regarding the unique capabilities of this form of medical treatment, we need to encourage young scientists to get involved in the research process.

This presentation will focus on the stem cell research done by the life science student scientists at ECOTEK Lab. You will get an insider’s perspective into the students’ progression, from understanding the basics of stem cell science (e.g. pathology work, embryology science, culturing/growing cells, changing the DNA of living cells), to learning how it is being used in the field of cardiology. The student scientists will also share information on their job shadow experiences at two Michigan based biotechnology firms.

Hands-on Stem Cell Lab Outreach Experience
On the hour, 45-minute sessions (10:00AM-11:00AM, 11:00AM-12:00 noon, 1:00PM-2:00PM, 2:00PM-3:00PM, 3:00PM-4:00PM)

This hands on lab activity, led by Dr. Rupa Shevde of the Morgridge Research Institute, in partnership with WiCell Research Institute and University of Wisconsin-Madison Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine Center (SCRMC), will provide the opportunity to experience the actual stem cell culturing methods that real researchers use. Thousands of people have already enjoyed this incredible hands-on learning experience and we are pleased to bring this lab experience to Detroit!  Walk-ins are welcome as space allows, or sign up early at the hospitality table in the lobby for the session of your choice.