‘Creating Stem Cell Policy at the Interface of Science and Politics’ is topic at Rice’s Baker Institute Sept. 26

Sean Morrison

Biologist Sean Morrison will discuss debates over stem cell research and how policymakers can craft effective policies based upon solid scientific research at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy Sept. 26.

The talk, “Creating Stem Cell Policy at the Interface of Science and Politics,” begins at 4 p.m. in Baker Hall’s Kelly International Conference Facility and will be followed by a reception. Kirstin Matthews, fellow in science and technology at the Baker Institute, will give welcome remarks, and Daniel Carson, dean of Rice’ Wiess School of Natural Sciences, will introduce Morrison. 

Kirstin Matthews

Morrison is the director of the Children’s Medical Center Research Institute and the Mary McDermott Cook Chair in Pediatric Genetics at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center and has been involved in debates of stem cell research policies at the federal and state levels. While director of the Center for Stem Cell Biology at the University of Michigan, he was a leader in a successful ballot initiative that protected and regulated stem cell research in the Michigan State Constitution. He has twice testified before Congress and has spent considerable time explaining stem cell research and its implications to lawmakers and the public.  

To view the complete event information, visit http://www.bakerinstitute.org/events/creating-stem-cell-policy-at-the-interface-of-science-and-politics. A live webcast of the event will be available at http://bakerinstitute.org/webcasts.

About Jeff Falk

Jeff Falk is associate director of national media relations in Rice University's Office of Public Affairs.