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Launch of Stem Cell Exhibition in Dundee

30 January 2007

What? Opening Reception for Stem Cell Science – Hope not Hype exhibition
When? Thursday 1 February, 5.30-7pm
Where? Sensation Science Centre, Greenmarket, Dundee, DD1 4QB

Media welcome to attend – please register – details below

An exhibition from the UK’s leading public funders of stem cell science is opening at the Dundee Sensation Science Centre on Thursday 1 February. The exhibition, “Stem Cell Science – Hope not Hype”, developed by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) and the Medical Research Council (MRC), describes the science and ethics of stem cell research. It will be at the centre for the whole of February.

An opening reception on the evening of Thursday 1 February will give attendees an opportunity to view the exhibition and to speak to local stem cell scientists. Lord Naren Patel, Chancellor of the University of Dundee will be speaking at the reception alongside Paul Jennings, Chief Executive of Sensation Science Centre. Lord Patel is a respected and well-known working peer and expert in obstetrics. He has been a vocal supporter of stem cell science and has recently been appointed as chair of the newly formed UK National Stem Cell Network which will have a key role in coordinating future UK activity in this area.

Professor Julia Goodfellow, BBSRC Chief Executive, said: “Stem cell science is one of the most exciting areas of biomedical research. It holds great hope for people suffering from currently incurable diseases. As research funders we have to marry expectations and hope with scientific reality. The exhibition opening in Dundee explores these issues and the other social and ethical questions where the scientific community is engaging with the public.”

The Research Councils will also be holding a free discussion event alongside the Hope not Hype exhibition on Tuesday 20 February. The event will be an opportunity for people to meet experts to discuss stem cell science; its application, ethical issues and the legal framework that regulates it.

ENDS

To register to attend please contact BBSRC External Relations Unit, Tel: 01793 413368, e-mail: external.relations@bbsrc.ac.uk

Notes to editors

“Stem Cell Science – Hope not Hype” is a Research Councils UK public exhibition led by BBSRC and the Medical Research Council (MRC). The exhibition will be at the Sensation Science Centre throughout February.

About BBSRC

The Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) is the UK funding agency for research in the life sciences. Sponsored by Government, BBSRC annually invests around £380 million in a wide range of research that makes a significant contribution to the quality of life for UK citizens and supports a number of important industrial stakeholders including the agriculture, food, chemical, healthcare and pharmaceutical sectors. http://www.bbsrc.ac.uk

About MRC

The Medical Research Council is dedicated to improving human health through excellent science. It invests on behalf of the UK taxpayer. Its work ranges from molecular level science to public health research, carried out in universities, hospitals and a network of its own units and institutes. The MRC liaises with the Health Departments, the National Health Service and industry to take account of the public’s needs. The results have led to some of the most significant discoveries in medical science and benefited the health and wealth of millions of people in the UK and around the world. http://www.mrc.ac.uk

Contact

Matt Goode, Head of External Relations

tel: 01793 413299
fax: 01793 413382

Tracey Jewitt, Media Officer

tel: 01793 414694
fax: 01793 413382