Four-day stem cell meet opens today

February 26, 2012 - 9:24:43 pm


DOHA: Bringing together more than 450 attendees including key ethicists, policymakers and scientists from leading institutions in the United States, United Kingdom, the Gulf region and the Middle East, Qatar International Conference on Stem Cell Science and Policy will open here today.

The four-day conference will explore the latest developments in stem cell research in Qatar and abroad, and is hosted by Qatar Foundation’s Research Division and James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy. The experts will present their views on stem cell research, exchange knowledge and build partnerships for the advancement of scientific research in the region and globally.

“We have convened this conference because we recognise the potential that stem cell research has for human health, as our region faces a rise in diabetes, cardiovascular disease and cancer,” said Dr. Abdelali Haoudi, Vice President for Research at Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development and Acting Director of Qatar Biomedical Research Institute.

Stem cell research is a significant area of focus in Qatar’s national health and research agenda. The conference will provide a platform for scientists and researchers, to discuss the latest developments in stem cell research and highlight Qatar’s achievements in the field. Issues of significant regional and global importance such as religious views and regulatory policies to govern the practices of stem cell research and the development of therapeutic approaches for a variety of diseases will be discussed.

“Stem cell science stands out because of its many promising potential applications, which include the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of many life-threatening illnesses,” added Dr. Haoudi, who joins a lineup of high-profile regional and international speakers at the four-day conference. Other featured speakers include Dr David Baltimore, Nobel Laureate in Physiology, and Professor Irving Weissman from the Stanford Institute for Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine.The Peninsula