Wednesday Lecture Explores Science, Promise of Stem Cells

Third In Series Explores Progress in Regenerating Damaged Tissues, Organs With Cell-Based Therapies

ALBANY, N.Y. (May 12, 2009) – New York State Department of Health scientist Kathy Chou, Ph.D., will discuss the progress toward regenerating damaged tissues and organs with cell-based therapies and how stem cells contribute to the development of novel drugs on Wednesday, May 13 at 7 p.m. at the David Axelrod Institute, 120 New Scotland Ave., in Albany.

Dr. Chou's talk, Found in Translation: Stem Cells from Bench to Bedside, is the third in a series of four, free public lectures exploring the unique characteristics of stem cells and their value for biomedical research. The lectures feature scientists from the Wadsworth Center, the research arm of the Department of Health.

Dr. Chou will discuss how turning the promise of stem cell research into the reality of new treatments for devastating diseases will require many partners, not all of them stem cell biologists. Mathematicians, biomedical engineers, clinicians, and researchers from other scientific disciplines are working collaboratively to translate basic stem cell science discoveries into practical applications to improve human health.

Dr. Chou is a scientific officer in New York Stem Cell Science (NYSTEM), the program that administers New York State's investment in stem cell research. Prior to joining Wadsworth Center research laboratories last year, Dr. Chou earned a doctorate in biomedical engineering from the University of California, Los Angeles, and completed her postdoctoral fellowship training at the Center for Regenerative Medicine in Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School in Boston.

Advance registration is not required, but a photo ID will be required at admission. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

For 15 years Wadsworth Center has sponsored public lectures on a variety of science topics. More information is available at: www.wadsworth.org/educate/lecture_series/2009.html