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Date: October 25, 2006
Media Contact: Elizabeth Homan, 301-251-7970; Steve Simon, 301-251-7952

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Montgomery College to Host Panel on Stem Cell Research
Three NIH Researchers to Explain Science and Discuss Challenges

Montgomery College will host a panel discussion, entitled “NIH and Stem Cells,” on Thursday, Nov. 9, to address the science, federal policies, and research surrounding human embryonic stem cells. The discussion will be held at 2 p.m., in the Theatre Arts Arena on the Rockville Campus, 51 Mannakee Street, Rockville, Md.

Featured speakers will be Baldwin Wong, Dr. Laura Cole, and Lesley Stewart from the Science Policy and Planning Branch of the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders. This branch manages the activities of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Stem Cell Task Force.

The NIH provides funding to support scientists conducting research in stem cell biology and to explore the enormous promise of these cells. Scientists believe the cells may produce breakthrough therapies and cures for medical diseases. Laboratories in the United States and around the world have derived stem cells from 71 individual, genetically diverse blastocysts.

The NIH is one of the world’s top medical research centers. Its goal is to acquire new knowledge to help prevent, detect, and treat disease and disability, from the rarest genetic disorder to the common cold.

The discussion at Montgomery College is sponsored by the Rockville Campus Science, Engineering and Mathematics area.

For more information, contact Miriam Carter, assistant to the deans at the Rockville Campus, at 301-279-5357.

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Montgomery College is a public, open admissions community college with campuses in Germantown, Rockville, and Takoma Park/Silver Spring, plus workforce development/continuing education centers and off-site programs throughout Montgomery County, Md. The College serves more than 55,000 students a year, through both credit and noncredit programs, in more than 100 areas of study.


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