Stem Cells - a Pathway Through the Maze
11 Dec 2013 - 13 Dec 2013 - Department for Continuing Education, Oxford, UK
Twenty lecture and discussion sessions which bring together
eighteen of the leading experts in the field to explore this
Note: This is a two-day course held over three days - from lunchtime on Wednesday until lunchtime on Friday.
Few topics have captured the imagination of the general public quite
as dramatically as stem cells, both for the potential they offer
regenerative medicine and the ethical sensitivities they create.
This course is intended to dispel the myths behind stem cell biology
and introduce delegates to the science behind the headlines, the
pitfalls as well as the promises.
Although the course will assume basic knowledge of the biomedical
sciences, no previous understanding of stem cell biology will be
“The course is designed for those who have little prior knowledge
or understanding of stem cells, so as to provide as broad an overview
of the subject as possible. This will include not only the science
underlying the subject but related issues such as the ethics and
regulatory infrastructure and commercialisation of regenerative
Many of the lecturers will undoubtedly present some of their more
cutting-edge insights which will, we hope, be of relevance to those with
a particular interest in the field and who already come with specialist
knowledge. Nevertheless, we intend to cater for the range of
people we anticipate will be attracted to the course, irrespective of their background knowledge of the field."
Dr Paul Fairchild, Co-Director, Oxford Stem Cell Institute, University of Oxford