U Genetic Science Learning Center Lecture Series to Focus on Science Behind Stem Cell Research

U Genetic Science Learning Center Lecture Series to Focus on Science Behind Stem Cell Research

Mar 1, 2004 5:00 PM

The many types of stem cells and their potential applications in medicine will be the focus of a free spring lecture series presented by the University of Utah's Genetic Science Learning Center.

Mel Limson, Ph.D., Genetic Science Learning Center postdoctoral fellow, will discuss the science behind stem cell research in "Stem Cells in the Spotlight" this Saturday, March 6, from 10-11:30 a.m. at the Eccles Institute of Human Genetics auditorium on the U of U campus.

In addition to Saturday's lecture, Limson will speak about stem cell science three other times this spring:

--Wednesday, March 10, 10:30-noon, Sandy Senior Center

--Thursday, April 29, 7-8:30 p.m., Salt Lake City Public Library, Lower Urban Level Meeting Room B

--Wednesday, May 12, 6-7 p.m., Salt Lake City Public Library, fourth-floor meeting room.

In a related presentation on Thursday, March 25, Alejandro Sanchez Alvarado, Ph.D., associate professor of neurobiology and anatomy in the U of U School of Medicine, will describe his stem cell research using Planaria (flatworms) as a model system to study the basic biology of stem cells and for developing new medical treatments. Sanchez Alvarado's lecture "Stem Cells in a Worm?" takes place from 7-8:30 p.m. in the Eccles Institute of Human Genetics auditorium.

Sanchez Alvarado will also speak on Wednesday, May 12, from 7:15-8:30 p.m. at the Salt Lake City Public Library fourth-floor meeting room. Limson's lecture is recommended background before attending Sanchez Alvarado's lecture.

Visit the Genetic Sciences Learning Center's Web site at: http://gslc.genetics.utah.edu/public/ for maps and program information, or call 801-585-3390. The public outreach program is supported by a Science Education Partnership Award from the National Center for Research Resources, a component of the National Institutes of Health.

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