This public forum will explore issues associated with taking stem cell science from the bench to clinical practice. The discussion will focus on the scientific, ethical and regulatory considerations facing the field together with the complexities of managing patients’ hopes and dreams for urgent cures in the context of frontier science.
Moderated by Professor Trevor Kilpatrick, Professor of Neurology and Director of the Melbourne Neuroscience Institute at The University of Melbourne; leader of the MS Division at the Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health; Head of the MS Unit at the Royal Melbourne Hospital and a clinical neurologist with particular expertise in multiple sclerosis.
Managing patients’ expectations for stem cell treatments in clinical practice
Professor Jeremy Sugarman, Harvey M Meyerhoff Professor of Bioethics and Medicine, and Deputy Director for Medicine at the Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics, is an internationally recognized leader in the field of biomedical ethics. His contributions to both medical ethics and policy include work on the ethics of informed consent, umbilical cord blood banking, stem cell research, international HIV prevention research, global health and research oversight. He consults and speaks internationally on a range of issues related to bioethics, has served as senior policy and research analyst for the White House Advisory Committee on Human Radiation Experiments, consultant to the National Bioethics Advisory Commission, and Senior Advisor to the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues.
Professor Martin Pera will provide an overview of the latest in stem cell research locally and internationally. Martin is Chair of Stem Cell Sciences, University of Melbourne, Florey Neuroscience and Mental Health Institute and the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research. Program Leader of Stem Cells Australia, he has over 25 years’ experience in and provides extensive advice to state, national and international regulatory authorities on the scientific status of stem cell research.
Dr Mario D’Cruz will focus on the patient's perspective. Mario is a general practitioner, has been quadriplegic for over ten years and is actively involved in medical education, stem cell medicine, spinal cord injury awareness and advocacy. He has worked for several years as an investigative officer for the Medical Board of Victoria and has been mentoring and educating people with recently acquired spinal injuries for several years.
Professor Jane Gunn will explore the challenge for general practitioners in the field. Jane is Foundation Chair of Primary Care Research at the University of Melbourne. A general practitioner and Head of the Department of General Practice, Jane leads a research program into mental health; focussing in particular on depression and multimorbidity. She is committed to person centred health care which places primary care at the centre of an integrated health care system.
Professor Cameron Stewart, Pro Dean at Sydney Law School, a member of Sydney Health Law and an associate of the Centre for Values, Ethics and the Law in Medicine, Sydney Medical School. He has degrees in economics, law and jurisprudence, has worked in the Supreme Court of New South Wales, practiced in commercial law and holds a particular interest in law concerning medical innovation and regulation of biological drugs and human tissues.
Question and Answer Session
Moderated by Professor Trevor Kilpatrick.
More information available from Amy Bugeja, Melbourne Neuroscience Institute: email@example.com