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Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Opening Session

9:30 Attendee Arrival at Aula Nuova del Sinodo
10:00 Greetings
Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi, President of the Pontifical Council for Culture
10:20 Welcome and Overview of the Conference
Dr. Robin L. Smith, Chairman and CEO of NeoStem, Inc., President and Trustee of the Stem for Life Foundation
10:45 Prolusion
H.E. Msgr. Ignacio Carrasco de Paula, President of the Pontifical Academy for Life

General Overview

11:15 The Promise of Stem Cells: Where are We Today and Where will We be in the Future?
Dr. Max Gomez, Trustee of the Stem for Life Foundation
Clinical Patient: Heather Abrams
11:45 Stem Cell Medicine: Social and Political Challenges
Hon. Tommy G. Thompson, Former US Secretary of Health and Human Services
12:30 Lunch

Medical Perspective and the Clinic – Part 1

1:45 Adult Stem Cell Sources and Types:

  • Placental Cells
    Dr. Robert J. Hariri, CEO of Celgene Cellular Therapeutics
  • Very Small Embryonic-Like Stem Cells
    Dr. Mariusz Z. Ratajczak, University of Louisville
  • Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells
    Dr. Peter Coffey, University College of London
2:45 Panel Discussion: Past Practices: Cord Blood and Bone Marrow Transplantation for Hematological Disorders
Moderator: Dr. Andrew L. Pecora, Chief Medical Officer of NeoStem, Inc.
Panelists: Dr. Claudio Bordignon, Chief Executive Officer of MolMed
Dr. Mitchell S. Cairo, New York Medical College
Dr. Stephen D. Nimer, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center
Dr. John Wagner, University of Minnesota Center for Translational Medicine
Clinical Patient: Stephen R. Sprague
4:30 The Pharmacy of the Future: Cells, Not Pills
Dr. Robert A. Preti, President of Progenitor Cell Therapy, LLC
5:00 Closing Remarks
5:30 Visit to the Sistine Chapel
8:00 Cocktail Reception at the Vatican Museums

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Medical Perspective and the Clinic – Part II

9:00 Opening Remarks
Dr. Max Gomez, Trustee of the Stem for Life Foundation
9:05 Clinical Focus: Cardiovascular Disease
Moderator: Dr. Douglas W. Losordo, VP, Medical Director of New Therapies, Baxter Healthcare
Panelists:Dr. Atul R. Chugh, University of Louisville
Dr. Keith L. March, Indiana University
Dr. Hung-Fat Tse, University of Hong Kong
Clinical Patient: Charles Melber
10:25 Clinical Focus: Organ and Tissue Regeneration
Dr. Anthony Atala, Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine
Dr. Christopher J. Centeno, Centeno-Schultz Clinic
11:15 Break
11:30 Adult Stem Cell Sources and Types:

  • Mesenchymal Stem Cells
    Dr. Neil Scolding, University of Bristol
  • ELA® Stem Cells
    Dr. Keith D. Crawford, Harvard Medical School
12:15 Lunch
1:45 Clinical Focus: Autoimmune Disease
Dr. Richard K. Burt, Northwestern University
Clinical Patient: Sharon Porter
2:30 Personalized Medicine and Stem Cells Health
Dr. Wayne A. Marasco, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
Dr. Nadia Rosenthal, Australian Regenerative Medicine Institute,
Monash University
3:15 Break

Moving From the Medical to the Bioethical Dimension

3:30 Building Relationships between the Church and the Adult Stem Cell Community and its Stakeholders
Rev. Tomasz Trafny, Head of Science and Faith Department – Pontifical Council for Culture
H.E. Msgr Vincenzo Paglia, Terni-Narni-Amelia, Italy
4:15 Discussion on Bioethics
Moderator: Dr. Arthur L. Caplan, University of Pennsylvania Center for Bioethics
Panelists: Dr. David A. Prentice, John Paul II Institute of the Catholic University
of America
Dr. Peter Hollands, University of Westminster
5:30 Closing Remarks
5:45 Speaker Dinner at Casina Pio IV in the Vatican Gardens

Friday, November 11, 2011

Cultural Dimension: Educational and Philosophical Efforts

9:00 Opening Remarks
Dr. Max Gomez, Trustee of the Stem for Life Foundation
9:05 Education as a Challenge: Necessary Tool for a Better Future
Prof. Anthony J. Cernera, President of the International Federation of Catholic
Universities
9:30 Should the Hippocratic Oath be Extended to Life Sciences?
Prof. Phillip R. Sloan, University of Notre Dame
10:00 Break
10:15 Will the Advancement of Life Sciences Change Our Vision of Man?
Rev. Nicanor Pier Giorgio Austriaco, Providence College
10:45 Humanism: Necessary Conditions for Optimization
Rev. Kevin FitzGerald, Georgetown University
11:15 Closing Session: Next Steps in Our Mission
Dr. Robin L. Smith, Chairman and CEO of NeoStem, Inc., President and Trustee of the Stem for Life Foundation
Rev. Tomasz Trafny, Head of Science and Faith Department – Pontifical Council for Culture
12:00 Official Close of Conference

Optional Activities

2:00 – 5:00 Cultural Tours of the Highlights of Rome
8:30 The “Sistin” Pontifical Musical Chapel – Concert at the Basilica of St. John Lateran
Harmonies of the Spirit: Musical Meditations for Italian Basilica

Through keynote speakers, panel discussions, patient case studies, video, and breakout sessions, the conference created greater awareness of adult stem cells and their applications, explored the latest research and developments in the field, and spurred discussion and debate over the implications for the future of culture, medicine, religion, and public policy. The event reached an even wider audience than its 350 invited guests through radio and television coverage. It is our hope that this Conference accelerated support and showed the acceptance of man’s unique and truly remarkable adult stem cells for healing.

The conference covered three primary areas:

  • Clinical applications of adult stem cell science
  • Ethical considerations of regenerative medicine
  • Cultural implications of regenerative medicine including its social and cultural impact and education

The Conference program featured:

  • Expert presentations on the state of adult stem cell science
  • Keynote speakers
  • Interactive discussions on the scientific, cultural and ethical implications
  • Special receptions for all participants
  • Exhibits by commercial and institutional participants
  • Special visits inside the Vatican

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