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Press Release: Promise & Perils of Stem Cells, Focus of Public Forum at DeSales, Mon., Jan. 31
Date: 1/12/2005

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Promise and Peril of Stem Cells, Focus of Public Forum at DeSales, Mon., Jan. 31

With the acting governor of New Jersey poised to ask for $500 million to fund embryonic stem cell research, the ethical issues in this scientific work remain controversial. A public forum on the latest developments in stem cell research and therapy will be held from 7:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. on Monday, January 31st, in the Labuda Center for the Performing Arts at DeSales University. Sponsored by the Baranzano Society on bioethics at DeSales, the program is open to the public free of charge.

Physicians have already been successful in using stem cells from adult sources to treat more than 120 ailments, including spinal cord injuries, heart disease, multiple sclerosis, and even blindness. The use of embryonic stem cells had yielded few results yet seems to have even greater potential.

The forum will feature a round table discussion with scientists and physicians from our region who will highlight both the scientific potential of these new therapies and the ethical dilemmas inherent in embryonic stem cell research. The panel of experts will discuss the promise and peril of stem cells. They include Dr. Brian Misanko, of Cedar Crest College, and Fr. Peter Leonard, OSFS, of DeSales, both faculty members in biology and members of the Baranzano Society. Also, Dr. Gregory Harper, physician in chief of cancer services at Lehigh Valley Hospital, and Dr. Stephan Grupp, attending physician in the oncology division at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and medical director of its Stem Cell Laboratory.

The Baranzano Society is a regional association of university scholars, corporate professionals, and healthcare practitioners dedicated to public dialogue about bioethics. The Society is named in honor of John Baranzano (1590 - 1622), a priest, physicist, and friend of St. Francis de Sales. The work of the Society is sponsored by the Salesian Center for Faith & Culture at DeSales University and the Metanexus Institute on Science & Religion.

For more information, contact Rev. Thomas Dailey, OSFS, director of the Salesian Center for Faith & Culture and professor of theology at DeSales, at 610-282-1100, ext. 1464, or at SCFC@desales.edu.

Press Release: Promise & Perils of Stem Cells, Focus of Public Forum at DeSales, Mon., Jan. 31 | Posted on: 1/12/2005

For more info:
Tom McNamara, Executive D
irector of Communications
DeSales University | 2255 Station Avenue | Center Valley, PA 18034

610.282.1100 x1219 | Tom.McNamara@desales.edu

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