Saturday, November 21, 2009

Monaco conference on responsible stem cell research

The second international congress on responsible stem cell research, “Adult somatic stem cells: new perspectives will be held in Monaco next week, November 26-28 under the High Patronage of His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco.

The conference, which has been organised by the Pontifical Academy for Life in association with the Bioethical consultative Committee of Monaco, the World Federation of Catholic Medical Associations and the Jerome Lejeune Foundation, will be opened by HE Msgr Bernard Barsi Archbishop of Monaco and Msgr Salvatore Fisichella, President of the Pontifical Academy for Life following a welcome address by HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco.

The conference which will feature a number of international experts will consider the ongoing scientific development of existing and new sources of adult stem cells and their uses in clinical applications.

HSH Prince Albert in a written statement for the event says, “The Principality of Monaco has always paid close attention to scientific progress that contributes to the good of mankind while being ethically responsible. In this, the progress of research into adult stem cells and from the umbilical cord which, are the focus of the international community’s attention, presents a major scientific milestone and is subject of a high level conference to be held in Monaco on November 26th, 2009 in my presence.

This conference, which follows up on the one organised by the Pontifical Academy for Life in Rome in September 2006, will review what has been learned along with the prospects and therapeutic applications of the last three years’ work. We are honoured by the renown of Professor Eliane Gluckman, President of the Scientific Committee for this conference and the eminent researchers who surround her, and I would like to express my gratitude to them. I sincerely thank the initiators and four key organizers of this international conference which brings together scientific rigour in harmony with a respect for ethics.

Please accept all my best wishes and support for the resounding success of this event which the Principality hosts with interest and pride.