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Dean Rothenberg Speaks about Lifting of Stem Cell Research Ban

As Chair of the Maryland Stem Cell Research Commission, University of Maryland School of Law Dean Karen Rothenberg, a nationally regarded expert on bioethics, oversees the state of Marylandís pioneering investment in stem cell research projects.

Even as President Obama has lifted restrictions on federal funds for human embryonic stem cell research, Dean Rothenberg says the Maryland Stem Cell Research Fund will continue to promote state-funded stem cell research and cures through grants and loans to public and private entities in the State.

"I think it would be premature to pull the momentum and signal to the research community that Maryland is going to walk away from this investment," she told the Washington Post.

"I have applauded the Governor for his vision in continuing to invest in the future of biotechnology in our state. 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."

In December, the Genetics Policy Institute (GPI) announced that it 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.

Recent Media Coverage of Dean Rothenberg Speaking about Stem Cell Research

"States Rethinking Costly Stem Cell Programs," on NPR's "Morning Edition" (March 23)

"Stem Cell Order Could Be Boon for Maryland," on WYPR-FM (March 17)

"Effect of Obama's Stem Cell Reversal Could Take Years," in The Daily Record (March 9)

"Changing the Way We Look at Stem Cells," on WYPR-FM (March 9)


Jamie Smith on 3/27/09

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