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Panel Discussion: “Stem Cells—The Challenge of Medicine in the 21st Century”

Apr 3rd 2012

We invite you to attend a panel discussion on the topic “Stem Cells—The Challenge of Medicine in the 21st Century,” to be held at 6 p.m. on April 11 in the Auditorium of Wing III of the Ruđer Bošković Institute.

Panel Discussion: “Stem Cells—The Challenge of Medicine in the 21st Century”

The source of pluripotent stems cells
from developing embryos. Original work
by Mike Jones for Wikipedia.

The panel moderator will be Prof. Boris Labar, Ph.D. The discussion will begin with a lecture by Prof. Drago Batinić, Ph.D., “Stem Cells—Features and Functions,” to be followed by a lecture entitled “Mesenchymal Stem Cells” by Mirna Golemović, Ph.D. The final lecture will be delivered by Prof. Boris Labar, “Stem Cells—Clinical Application.”

Stem cells are one of the major challenges of clinical medicine in the 21st century. They are present in nearly all human tissue and organs, although initially found in hematopoietic tissue.

The fundamental characteristics of stem cells are their ability to self-renew and differentiate. The division of stem cells produces identical cells that do not lose their ability to differentiate (self-renew) or the cells assume a more mature form (differentiation), from which further processes of differentiation, division and maturation produce functional mature cells of individual tissues and organs.

Stem cells are currently being used in the treatment of diseases in hematology, oncology, dermatology, ophthalmology and orthopedics.

The panel discussion will be open to the public. Further information is available on the website of the Center for Inquiry (CFI) Croatia.

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