Speakers: Harold Varmus, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center; Zach Hall, California Institute of Regenerative Medicine (CIRM); Chuck Close, artist and stem cell advocate; and Susan L. Solomon, New York Stem Cell Foundation
Moderator: Kurt Andersen, National Public Radio
Scientists and patients claim that embryonic stem cell research, with its promise of cures for debilitating diseases, is science's next revolution. However, conservative politicians and religious groups call this research unethical and are fighting in Congress to have it criminalized. What exactly are embryonic stem cells and why does their potential to become any cell type in the body have the global scientific community abuzz? Just what is at stake in this debate for the millions of people living with chronic conditions like diabetes, Parkinson's, Alzheimer's and spinal cord damage?
Join novelist, columnist and host of public radio's "Studio 360" host Kurt Andersen as he moderates a discussion with Harold Varmus, president of Memorial Sloan Kettering and former head of the National Institutes of Health; Zach Hall, President of the California Institute of Regenerative Medicine (CIRM); Chuck Close, renowned artist and stem cell advocate; and Susan L. Solomon, co-founder and CEO of the New York Stem Cell Foundation.
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The Ross Prize in Molecular Medicine was established in conjunction with the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research and Molecular Medicine.2022 Innovators in Science Symposium: GastroenterologyOctober 14, 2022More
This one-day symposium will bring together researchers, physicians, industry professionals, and patient advocates to exchange new knowledge on novel research approaches, expanding our understanding of disease development, novel paths to treatment, and ways to improve the lives of those living with GI and liver disease.
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As university budgets shrink and external funding sources becoming more competitive, the ability to write successful research grants is more important than ever. In this eBriefing, learn strategies for effective grant writing, specifically applied to fellowship applications in biomedical fields.
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It is understood that human milk provides benefits to babies as they develop, particularly in its ability to help protect babies from a variety of infections. But what is the mechanism that does the work to help keep babies healthy? Find out in this interview with Academy Member and Vanderbilt University Professor Steven Townsend.More
When three scientists working across different disciplines, universities, and continents teamed up as part of the Interstellar Initiative—an international mentorship program for early-career investigators—their first task was finding common ground. Find out how they did it and how their work might contribute to the study of aging.
The Blavatnik Awards for Young Scientists celebrate the achievements of extraordinary young scientists and engineers and accelerate innovation through unrestricted funding.More
The Junior Academy introduces exceptional students to an online community where they gain access to best-in-class STEM resources and work together to solve real-world problems. STEM professionals mentor student teams during 60-day innovation challenges sponsored by industry-leading companies via Launchpad, our interactive challenge platform. Students and mentors can participate from anywhere in the world and have multiple challenges a year to choose from. Accepted students and mentors receive free membership to the New York Academy of Sciences!More
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For the PressAnnouncing the Winners of the 2022 Innovators in Science Award in Gastroenterology!More
The Innovators in Science Award recognizes a promising Early-Career Scientist's and an outstanding Senior Scientist's contributions to science in the therapeutic areas of Neuroscience, Regenerative Medicine, Rare Diseases, Gastroenterology, and Oncology, and is intended to support their commitment to innovative research.Volume 1509More
This volume of Ann NY Acad Sci contains a perspective article on emergency preservation and resuscitation for cardiac arrest from trauma; two reviews, including one on calcium supplementation during pregnancy and maternal and offspring bone health; and eight original research articles, including one on individuality and function of chemical signals during conflict resolution of a mammal, and another on the priming effects of empathy on neural processing associated with firsthand pain perception.A Tribute to a Sister who is a Super Hero in STEMMore
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