Sigma Xi symposium addresses “Stem Cells in Medicine” on March 25

March 17, 2009

(COLLEGE STATION, TX) — Co-sponsored by the Texas A&M Health Science Center, the Texas A&M University chapter of Sigma Xi – the national scientific research society – will conduct a one-day symposium called “Stem Cells in Medicine” on March 25.

The symposium begins at 10:45 a.m. in Rudder Tower Room 501 on the Texas A&M campus in College Station with a welcome from Van Wilson, Ph.D., president-elect of the Texas A&M Sigma Xi chapter and professor of microbial and molecular pathogenesis and associate dean for graduate studies in the HSC-College of Medicine. Other speakers include Robert Schwartz, Ph.D., of the HSC-Institute of Biosciences and Technology; Rajesh C. Miranda, Ph.D., associate professor of neuroscience and experimental therapeutics in the HSC-College of Medicine; Robert Yu-Lin Tsai, M.D., Ph.D., associate professor in the HSC-Institute of Biosciences and Technology; and Karen K. Hirschi, Ph.D., associate professor of pediatrics and molecular and cellular biology in the Baylor College of Medicine.

Dr. Darwin Prockop will provide the keynote, “Discovering the Power of Adult Stem/Progenitor Cells to Heal the Body,” at 1:45 p.m. Prockop, M.D., Ph.D., is director of the HSC-College of Medicine Institute for Regenerative Medicine at Scott & White, inaugural holder of the Stearman Chair in Genomic Medicine, and professor of molecular and cellular medicine at the HSC-College of Medicine. He will discuss how the body responds to tissue injury and repairs itself.

Other symposium co-sponsors include AgriLife Research and the Texas Engineering Experiment Station.

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