We all begin life as a stem cell. Then, through a wildly complex series of events, those few stem cells develop into all of the specialized cells found in our adult bodies. By studying these events we gain rare insights into how the human body is made. Stem cell research also holds an awesome potential for restructuring the way we practice medicine: One day, stem cells may be used to replace or repair damaged tissues and organs and to dramatically alter how we treat diseases like cancer. But there remains a deep divide among those who support stem cell research, and those opposing it. Executive orders have established- and now rescinded the limits on stem cell research in the U.S. Even as the controversy continues, groundbreaking discoveries made here and around the world hint at the unprecedented opportunities afforded by stem cell research.
Professor Helms will provide a brief overview or a "tour" of the field, highlighting the recent advances that have taken place at Stanford and elsewhere.
Jill Helms is an Associate Professor in the Division of Plastic Surgery at Stanford's School of Medicine. Her time is divided between her laboratory work in the fields of regenerative medicine and craniofacial biology and teaching.
This lecture will take place at 7:00 pm on the lawn adjacent to Stanford's Cantor Arts Center.