Stem cell research will be under the microscope March 28 at McMaster University, home to some of the most cutting edge discoveries and innovation in the biomedical sciences. Ontario high school students will get to learn from some of the world’s leading experts in stem cell biology.

The event, the first annual Stem Cell Talks Symposium, is hosted by the McMaster University chapter of Let’s Talk Science; a group composed of graduate student volunteers who spend everyday performing research that fuels biomedical innovation in Canada.

This year’s event will highlight current and emerging technologies for the treatment of hematopoietic (blood) disease with stem cells. As well students will learn about the Nobel Prize winning technology termed: Cellular Reprogramming.

Scientists speaking will include Dr. Mick Bhatia, Dr. Karun Singh and Kristin Hope. Dr. Bhatia, Director and Senior Scientist for the McMaster Stem Cell and Cancer Research Institute, is a world-class leader in human stem cell research with numerous high impact scientific discoveries to his name. Dr. Singh completed his post doctoral studies at MIT using neural stem cells to study psychiatric disorders and is now continuing this promising work at McMaster. Dr. Hope’s research program is focused on dissecting the molecular regulation of normal and malignant blood stem cell self-renewal and hopes to identify the underlying processes that ultimately lead to leukemic transformation and progression.

Students will also learn about the ethical dilemmas regarding stem cells and clinical trials from McMaster Health Care ethics experts.

[box type=”info” ]Contact the coordinator, Ryan Mitchell (PhD Candidate), to get involved mitcherr@mcmaster.ca[/box]

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