Those seeking first-hand information and responses to questions about stem cell research are invited to attend a regional Stem Cell Public Information Forum at New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) on Tuesday, October 23, 2007, 6:30-9 p.m. in the Guttenberg Information Technologies Center (GITC), 3rd Floor.
Donald H. Sebastian, PhD, senior vice president for research and development at NJIT; Barry Komisaruk, PhD, Board of Governors Distinguished Service Professor at Rutgers-Newark; Steven W. Levison, PhD, Director, Laboratory for Regenerative Neurobiology at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey-New Jersey Medical School; and Assemblyman Neil Cohen (D-Union) will participate in a panel discussion.
Representing the Newark Institute for Regenerative Healthcare, NJIT Senior Vice President Donald H. Sebastian explained, “It is important for the voters to have plain facts on stem cell research before they make up their minds on the referendum question. The science of stem cell is poorly understood by many, and the real, near-term consequences for the state economy deserve to be heard. These public meetings are a chance to hear the facts from the experts and ask the hard questions needed to make an informed opinion before Election Day.”
New Jersey voters will be asked in the November 6th General Election whether to authorize the spending of $450 million over 10 years on grants to fund stem cell research. To help voters decide on this ballot issue, the Stem Cell Forums will provide participants with factual information on stem cell science and legislation and an opportunity to raise questions.
The event is co-sponsored by the Stem Cell Healing Foundation, the Biology Teachers Association of New Jersey, and the New Jersey Association for Biomedical Research.
Registration is free and seating is limited. Reserve seats by registering at www.stemcellhealing.org or by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Participants are invited to submit questions and discussion points in advance at www.stemcellhealing.org. Free parking is available at the NJIT Parking Deck: www.njit.edu/about/visit/gettingtonjit.php. For campus maps: www.njit.edu/about/visit/njit-maps.php.
Upcoming Stem Cell Public Information Forums:
Oct. 30, 2007--Clarion Hotel, 1450 Route 70 East, Cherry Hill, NJ 08034
Nov. 1, 2007--Hilton Hotel, 3 Tower Center Boulevard, East Brunswick, NJ 08816