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30 / 01 / 2009 - Top experts confirmed for important seminar in UCC and Maynooth
On February 17th Youth Defence will co-host an important and exciting seminar in UCC, where Irish and international experts will debate ethics in science and present the evidence against embryonic stem cell research.
Special guest speakers at the seminar include experts from Ireland and abroad. Amongst them will be Wesley Smith, the award-winning author and ethicist who champions ethical adult stem cell research and strongly opposes research on human embryos. He lists his occupation as “trouble-maker” on his blog (http://www.wesleyjsmith.com), and is a lively and much-sought after debater and commentator.
He is joined by Dr David Prentice, an internationally-recognized expert on stem cells and cloning, who was formerly Professor of Life Sciences at Indiana State University, and Adjunct Professor of Medical and Molecular Genetics at Indiana University School of Medicine. Dr Prentice was selected by the U.S. President's Council on Bioethics to write their comprehensive review of ethical adult stem cell research. His defense of Adult Stem Cell Treatments with extensive literature documentation was published by Science in January 2007.
The seminar will present crucial information as to the unethical nature of embryonic stem cell research. The many successful treatments for human diseases and injuries which use adult stem cells will be highlighted and explained.
A challenge has been issued to UCC President, Dr Michael Murphy, to debate the “ethics and validity” of embarking on research on human embryonic stem cell lines during the seminar. Dr Deirdre Madden has also been asked to take part in the debate.
The seminar is being organised by Youth Defence in collaboration with Students for Life in UCC and will coincide with a billboard and leaflet campaign which hopes to swamp Cork with information to raise public awareness regarding research on human embryos. In particular, the campaign will emphasise that research on human embryos have not produced one cure, while treatments for 73 conditions have been successfully developed using adult stem cells.
An invitation to the seminar will be issued to the Minister Education and Science, Batt O’Keefe, who is also a local TD for Cork North West.
Dr Prentice and Mr Smith will also visit Maynooth to debate these issues on February 19th 2009. Please call 01 8730463 (outside Republic of Ireland - 003531 8730463) for further details.
Last October the governing body of University College Cork voted by 16 to 15 to effectively allow embryonic stem cell research. The decision was described as “deplorable and indefensible” by Youth Defence at the time.