Friday, January 14, 2005

The Facts and the Fairytales about Stem Cell Research

On Thursday evening, January 13, 2005, the Center co-sponsored, in conjunction with the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend, a marvelous talk by Rev. Dr. Tadeusz Pacholczyk, a talk which separated the facts from the fairy tales when it comes to the ethics of stem cell research. Fr. Tad is a staff ethicist and director of education at the National Catholic Bioethics Center in Philadelphia, and a priest of the Fall River Diocese in Massachusettes. He has his PhD in neuroscience from Yale University, and he also worked for several years as a molecular biologist at Massachusettes General Hospital/Harvard Medical School.

Fr. Tad spoke to a crowd of about 200 Notre Dame students and faculty, as well as many members of the community. The most striking aspect of his presentation was the large number of amazing, documented success stories that can already be attributed to adult stem cell research, as compared to the zero successes achieved by embryonic stem cell research. The Center would especially like to thank Fred Everett, director of the Office of Family Life at the diocese, for bringing Fr. Tad to our attention and for doing so much to make his talk such a great success.

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