McEwen Centre at the University Health Network

September 22, 2010 16:35 ET

Media Alert: An Important Update on Stem Cell Research in Toronto

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Sept. 22, 2010) -

Attention: Health and Science Reporters, Assignment and Photo Editors. 

On September 23 2010, media are invited to an in-depth briefing with senior scientists on current stem cell research activity at the McEwen Centre for Regenerative Medicine. McEwen Centre Director, Dr. Gordon Keller will discuss eight "Accelerated Discoveries." These are research initiatives that include a new project that will push the frontier forward for patients suffering from heart disease, the number one killer in the western world. 

Research at the McEwen Centre also holds important implications for diabetes, lung disease, diseases of the blood as well as neurodegenerative disease.

What: A briefing and guided laboratory tour to explore advances in stem cell research at the McEwen Centre for Regenerative Medicine
   
Who: Participants include -
  Dr. Gordon Keller, Director of the McEwen Centre, and senior scientists
  Founding donors Rob and Cheryl McEwen
  Patient advocates Lisa Ray (actor, model, philanthropist and stem cell therapy recipient), Chris Jarvis (Olympic athlete and Type 1 Diabetic) and Derek Punchard (stem cell therapy recipient)
   
When: September 23, 2010 at 11:30 to 1:00 p.m. A light lunch will be served.
   
Where: 101 College Street (MaRS Building), Room CR-2

Please join us to learn more about this exciting research field. The tour will include an opportunity to interview senior scientists and gain new understanding of the latest developments in this cutting edge research. You are also invited to attend a Public Symposium on The Stem Cell Healthcare Revolution which follows the tour at 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Telephone interviews with senior scientists, the McEwens, and patient advocates can be arranged in advance.

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