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Dean Rothenberg Speaks about World Stem Cell Summit

On December 4, 2008, Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley '88 announced that the Genetics Policy Institute (GPI) has selected Baltimore to host the 2009 World Stem Cell Summit next September. Co-hosted by the University of Maryland and Johns Hopkins University, the three-day summit is expected to attract 1,500 scientists and researchers from all over the world to share research advances, promote collaboration on current projects and expand economic strategies for the development of stem-cell research world-wide.

Under Governor O'Malley's leadership, the state of Maryland has pioneered investment in stem cell research projects through programs such as the Maryland Stem Cell Research Fund administered by the Maryland Stem Cell Research Commission. Established by the Governor and the Maryland General Assembly during the 2006 legislative session, the Maryland Stem Cell Research Fund is intended to promote state-funded stem cell research and cures through grants and loans to public and private entities in the State.

Dean Karen Rothenberg of the University of Maryland School of Law, a nationally regarded expert on bioethics and current Chair of the Maryland Stem Cell Research Commission, hailed this announcement as an acknowledgement of Maryland's status as a national leader in regenerative medicine research. "The Genetics Policy Institute's decision to bring the world's leading researchers to Maryland serves as a confirmation of the state's preeminence not only in life-saving stem cell research, but also in its analysis of the public policy and economic implications of that research."

Governor O'Malley stated, "As an emerging national leader in the field of life sciences, we are proud to be recognized in this manner, and will continue to lead others in this growing industry so our rapidly changing economy can adapt to the evolution of life saving technologies."

"I have applauded the Governor for his vision in continuing to invest in the future of biotechnology in our state," said Rothenberg. "There are numerous legal and ethical considerations in this type of research. But the world's most prominent scientists, researchers and policy makers in the field recognize that Maryland has developed an approach to stem-cell research that serves as a model for the rest of the world."


Posted by Bryan Pugh on Dec. 12, 2008

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