Stem cell therapies’ promise, perils in focus at Rice’s Baker Institute


Jeff Falk

Stem cell therapies’ promise, perils in focus at Rice’s Baker Institute

HOUSTON – (March 2, 2020) – A panel of experts will gather at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy to discuss the stem cell therapy landscape. The experts will highlight the treatments available today, describe why even negative clinical data can lead to new interventions and evaluate recent incidents of unregulated stem cell use harming patients.

The March 6 event, part of an annual policy lecture series co-sponsored by the Baker Institute’s Center for Health and Biosciences and the Texas Heart Institute, is open to the public. Registration is required at

Who: Panelists Laura Beil, freelance journalist and host of the “Dr. Death” and “Bad Batch” podcasts, and Dr. Emerson Perin, medical director of the Texas Heart Institute.

Kirstin Matthews, fellow in science and technology policy at the Baker Institute, will serve as moderator.

What: A discussion titled “Stem Cell Therapies 2020: Are We There Yet?”

When: Friday, March 6, 8-10 a.m. A reception will be at 7:30.

Where: Rice University, James A. Baker III Hall, Doré Commons, 6100 Main St.

Stem cell therapies offer great hope to patients with debilitating illnesses and injuries, according to event organizers. However, only a limited number of therapies are approved for clinical use.

The social media hashtag for the event is #BakerStemCell.

Members of the news media who want to attend should RSVP to Jeff Falk, director of national media relations at Rice, at or 713-348-6775.

For a map of Rice University’s campus with parking information, go to Media should park in the Central Campus Garage (underground).


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Founded in 1993, Rice University’s Baker Institute ranks as the No. 2 university-affiliated think tank in the world. As a premier nonpartisan think tank, the institute conducts research on domestic and foreign policy issues with the goal of bridging the gap between the theory and practice of public policy. The institute’s strong track record of achievement reflects the work of its endowed fellows, Rice University faculty scholars and staff, coupled with its outreach to the Rice student body through fellow-taught classes — including a public policy course — and student leadership and internship programs. Learn more about the institute at or on the institute’s blog,   

About Jeff Falk

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