The 12th Annual StemCellTalks Symposium at the University of Toronto will be held on the 25th and 26th of March 2021.
StemCellTalks is an outreach symposium that aims to educate high school students (grades 11-12) about stem cells. We are excited to host the 12th annual StemCellTalks on March 25 and 26, 2021 from 1:00 – 5:00 PM EST in collaboration with the University of Toronto, McMaster University and Guelph University! The theme for this year’s two-day event is Stem cell-mediated repair in organ systems and students will get a chance to learn about this topic in the pancreas, blood and muscoskeletal system. There will be engaging talks from graduate students and world-renowned scientists that specialize on this topic, as well as fun games and chances to win prizes!
Please register your students here by March 3, 2021. It is not required to attend both days, but we highly recommend attending both if possible!
The full agenda can be viewed here: SCT2021 Event Schedule
Day 1 (March 25th) 1-5PM
Day 2 (March 26th) 1-5PM
Please continue to check this website for any updates on the event agenda! We hope to see you there!
StemCellTalks is a free outreach initiative developed in partnership by the Stem Cell Network and Let’s Talk Science. StemCellTalks was established to facilitate knowledge transfer between academia and high school students pertaining to the science and practical ethics of stem cells.
Our Mission –– to empower high school students to contemplate contemporary medical dilemmas that emerge in the field of stem cell biotechnology. To do this, we will provide basic knowledge of stem cell biology, encourage thought and discussion of practical ethics surrounding clinical trials and stem cell therapies, and facilitate the development of ethical frameworks in which to address new medical dilemmas.
StemCellTalks Symposium –– The full-day symposium is divided into two sessions. Each session will begin with a formal presentation delivered by expert faculty from the Stem Cell Network. This will be followed by breakout sessions where Let’s Talk Science volunteers will lead small groups of approximately seven high school students in discussion and through problem solving activities.
Science –– Introduction to stem cell biology and stem cells. Students will learn the fundamental biology behind stem cells and the requisites for their use in medical treatments through a combination of conventional lectures, debate/panel discussion from leading stem cell scientists and small group discussions.
Practical Ethics –– Stem cell therapy clinical trials. A discussion of the practical ethics regarding clinical trials and stem cell therapies will (1) reinforce concepts of stem cell science, (2) provide the opportunity to develop an ethical framework to be used for decision-making, and (3) expose high school students to novel and unconventional medical treatments that we may see in the future.
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