Stem cell profiteering focus of presentations today

by Lisa Spellman, UNMC public relations | June 11, 2013

picture disc. Cafe topic discussed at UNO luncheon

Gary Susser and David Crouse, Ph.D., also will present on stem cell profiteering at an 11:45 a.m. luncheon today at the Thompson Alumni Center, 6705 Dodge St. on the UNO campus. Reservations are required for the luncheon and can be made by calling 402-390-2461 or by email.

The irresponsible use of stem cells for profit is the focus of tonight's Omaha Science Cafe.

Gary Susser, a trial attorney and vocal activist supporting stem cell research, is the featured speaker.

Susser, who appeared with his wife, Judith, on "60 Minutes," will discuss how he and his wife exposed the dangers of stem cells being sold over the Internet by profiteers on the prime-time program.

In 2011 and 2012, "60 Minutes" worked with the Sussers, whose child Adam suffers from cerebral palsy, to investigate one of the online purveyors of stem cell treatments, Stem Tech Labs of Ecuador.

See the Sussers' story here.

Susser will be joined by David Crouse, Ph.D., president of the Nebraska Coalition for Lifesaving Cures and emeritus professor at the University of Nebraska Medical Center.

Dr. Crouse has taken a lead role in promoting an understanding of the science and ethics in stem cell research, as well as developing programs and teaching courses on "Responsible Conduct in Research" for graduate students, post-doctorate and junior faculty of UNMC.

Today's Science Cafe will be held at 7 p.m. at the Slowdown, 729 N. 14th St.

This Science Cafe is presented by the Nebraska Coalition for Lifesaving Cures. Science Cafes involve a face-to-face conversation with a scientist about current science topics. They are open to everyone (21 and older), and take place in casual settings like pubs and coffeehouses. Each meeting is organized around an interesting topic of conversation. A scientist gives a brief presentation followed by a question and answer period.

Pizza will be provided by The Nebraska Coalition for Lifesaving Cures for the first 50 people. For more information, go to the Science Cafe website.

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