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Conference on Adult/Non-Embryonic Stem Cell Research Draws Leading Scholars

Author: Shannon Chapla

Workshop on Adult and Non-embryonic Stem Cell Research

Some of the world’s leading scholars across a variety of relevant disciplines are visiting the University of Notre Dame for a week-long “Workshop on Adult and Non-embryonic Stem Cell Research,” being held on campus through July 2.

“The initiative seeks to demonstrate that respect for the equal dignity of every human being—from conception to natural death—and a commitment to excellence and rigor in research are both integral and complementary goods necessary to pursuing the proper ends of biomedical science,” says Carter Snead, Notre Dame professor of law and one of the workshop leaders.

In conjunction with the workshop, an afternoon lecture series, “Alternate Visions of Stem Cell Research: Scientific, Ethical, Legal & Theological Dimensions,” is open to the public at 4 p.m. each day in the Patrick F. McCartan Courtroom in the Eck Hall of Law.

Together with Snead, Phillip Sloan, emeritus professor in the College of Arts and Letters’ Program of Liberal Studies and History and Philosophy of Science Program, is leading the workshop and hosting the week’s public events. The activities are part of a University-wide effort to develop a center for high-level interdisciplinary work on the various dimensions of human developmental biology.

Hosted by Notre Dame’s Initiative on Adult Stem Cell Research and Ethics, the conference is sponsored by numerous campus groups, including the Office of the President.

As the premier American Catholic research university, Notre Dame is ideally suited for this work with strong departments in biology, engineering, law, theology, philosophy, and the history and philosophy of science, as well as scholars in each component with expertise in all aspects of stem cell research.

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