Campus Invited to Stem Cell Research Forum June 22
The Center for Biotechnology and Interdisciplinary Studies (CBIS) invites the community to attend a forum titled “The Promise of Stem Cell Research” on Friday, June 22 at noon, in the CBIS Auditorium. A reception with hors d’oeuvres and refreshments will follow.
The discussion marks the opening of a state-of-the-art stem cell research center at Rensselaer, the New York state-funded Rensselaer Center for Stem Cell Research, and is part of an ongoing series of forums that introduces the public and Rensselaer community to the life-saving and high-tech research at CBIS.
Shirley Ann Jackson, president of Rensselaer, Nirav Shah, commissioner of the New York State Department of Health, and CBIS Director Jonathan Dordick, the Howard P. Isermann ’42 Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering at Rensselaer, will provide opening remarks and introduce several Rensselaer researchers working in the area of stem cells.
The forum will include Rensselaer researchers Glenn Monastersky, director of operations and professor of practice, biomedical engineering; Deanna Thompson, associate professor of biomedical engineering; and Ryan Gilbert, assistant professor of biomedical engineering.
Each will discuss their work to harness the potential of stem cells to help heal significant injuries to the spine, brain, and nervous system. They will also discuss how new medical therapies using stem cells could be developed in the future. A panel discussion and Q&A with the audience will follow.
If you plan to attend, RSVP at www.rpi.edu/news/events/biotech/.