Stem Cell Talk in Cape Town in October

Sep 29, 2013 No Comments by

On 16th October Professor Jacquie Greenberg will present a talk entitled ‘From the Bench to Beasts to the Bedside: the story of the potential use of patient stem cells to model genetic  disease in South Africa’ at the SAAO Auditorium in Observatory, Cape Town at 5pm.

While stem cell technology is a real and present key to cures for inherited disorders, the watchword is caution as stem cell prospects are the fuel of false promises. Many people want to hear they can be helped, but there must be a balance between hype and hope.  Although much of the current thinking around genetic therapeutic intervention has been saddled by the “baggage” around the science and ethics of culturing embryonic stem cells, new stem cell technology has changed that.  Professor Greenberg will take us on a journey along the double helix of the human genome, moving from basic science to translational genetics, to therapeutics directed at South African families with genetic conditions. Professor Greenberg is from the Department of Clinical Laboratory Sciences, Division of Human Genetics, University of Cape Town

*Directions to SAAO Auditorium : Coming from the N2, turn off to the M57 – Liesbeek Parkway; turning in the direction of Cape Town and continue to the traffic lights with Hartleyvale (hockey and football) on your left. Turn right at traffic lights into Observatory Road, pass the River Club; the S A Astronomical Observatory is next on the left. Once through the security gates bear left following the SALT signs to the last building on the left (white with stoep & ramp).


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