For most of the day tomorrow I’ll be attending Hope Summit 2010, “a gathering of advocates, experts, patients and others who will discuss recent stem cell advances and what they could mean to each of us and our families and friends”. The conference is sponsored by the Missouri Coalition for Life Saving Cures and will be taking place in downtown St. Louis. There’s still time to register if you’re interested. Topics that will be discussed include:
- Stem Cell Elements – Review the basics about what stem cells are, how they’re derived and the hope they hold for us all.
- Scientific Advances – Learn about major scientific advancements in stem cell research taking place across the county, around the world and right here in Missouri.
- Religious Support – Faith leaders explain their perspectives on stem cell research and God’s call to alleviate human suffering.
- Economic Impact – Discuss the broad economic impact and benefits of a pro-science, pro-research Missouri.
- Stem Cells in Politics & Policy – Analyze the major political debates surrounding stem cells research at the national and state levels.
- Protecting Our Rights– For active members who want to strategize and educate Missourians about the hope and promise of stem cell research for ourselves and our loved ones.
- Chris Mooney – Best-selling author of “Unscientific America: How Scientific Illiteracy Threatens Our Future”
- Bernard Siegel – Executive director, Genetics Policy Institute, host of the annual World Stem Cell Summit
- Dr. Steven Teitelbaum – Physician and professor of pathology and immunology, Washington University in St. Louis
- Marie Davis – Executive director of the Metro Saint Louis / Greater Missouri Chapter of JDRF
- Kelly Gillespie – Executive director of the Missouri Biotechnology Association
- Victoria Kohout – Executive director of the Nebraska Coalition for Lifesaving Cures
More detailed information on the agenda, location, cost and speakers is available on the conference website, which I linked to above. I’ll do my best to provide updates via twitter (@viharsheth) during the conference but I can’t promise I’ll be able to. I hope to see you there.