Stem cell research is a hot field of medical science but one that’s also prone to scandal and scientific fraud.
While blood stem cell transplants have been saving the lives of people with leukemia and other blood cancers for decades, hundreds of ‘clinics’ and websites across the world claim to offer proven stem cell therapies for a range of conditions in a mostly unregulated market. But there’s little evidence that these treatments work.
Further, these dubious therapeutic claims aren’t limited to dodgy websites preying on hopeful patients: dozens of scientists and prominent research bodies have been collared for scientific fraud by falsely claiming medical breakthroughs using stem science.
How should health consumers respond in the face of such promise and uncertainty? This event brings together a panel of experts to discuss.
This event was held on Thursday 18 September at the University of Sydney.
Monday 24 September
Are our ethical codes and standards doing enough to slow down climate change? This panel will consider these and other profound questions facing all professionals in the age of global warming.
Wednesday 17 October
A panel, featuring international expert Eric Holt-Gimenez, explore how social movements across the globe are transforming systems for food and farming sustainability.
Tuesday 23 October
Professor Marcella Frangipane shares important new insights into the birth of early state societies in the greater Mesopotamian world.