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Responsible Conduct of Research Seminar Series

"Research Ethics"

Dennis Clegg
Professor, Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology
Co-Director Center for Stem Cell Biology and Engineeering

Monday, May 9, 4-6 p.m.
Engineering Sciences Building 1001

Pizza will be provided

Abstract: Stem cell research involves some important ethical and legal considerations, especially the use of human embryonic stem cells. Yet there is a great deal of misinformation about where these cells come from and how they might be utilized to treat untreatable diseases and injuries. For instance, a new kind of pluripotent stem cell can now be generated from skin biopsies, and multiple types of adult stem cells are also being investigated. We will briefly present how embryonic stem cells are derived, how induced pluripotent stem cells are made, and summarize ongoing research in this area. Following this introduction, we will discuss ethical and legal issues related to stem cell research and somatic cell nuclear transfer.

Speaker Bio: Professor Clegg earned his PhD in biochemistry at UC Berkeley and was a Jane Coffin Childs Postdoctoral Scholar at UCSF, where he studied neural development and regeneration. He has continued this avenue of research since joining the UCSB faculty, with a current emphasis in stem cell research. Dr. Clegg is the recipient of the UCSB Distinguished Teaching Award in the Physical Sciences, and served as Chair of the Department of MCD Biology from 2004-2009. He is a member of the UCSB Neuroscience Research Institute and Co-Director of the  UCSB Center for Stem Cell Biology and Engineering.

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