The deadline is Tuesday May 26th. Do you have an opinion about hESCs or human embryonic stem cells? Have you weighed in on the request from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) http://nihoerextra.nih.gov/stem_cells/add.htm for feedback on their Human Stem Cell Guidelines? If you are uncertain how to reply you can find out a lot more about the issues at the Stem Cell Education Summit in Denver in November.
In my last post I introduced the Keynote Speaker, Dr. Mario R. Capecchi, Nobel Laureate, from the University of Utah. Today I will tell you that there will be three panels held during the Saturday event. The first panel will address the issues of Stem Cell Science. One of the guest panelists is Gabriela Gelbrin Cezar, DVM., Ph.D. whose lab seeks to identify biochemical pathways and translational biomarkers that are altered by known disruptors of human development using metabolomics* of hES cells and neural precursors derived from hES cells. Gabby also has her own company, Stemina Biomarkers Inc and is a wonderful model for our female students who are debating if science is for them. Read Closing the Gap The Women Behind Stemina Biomarker Discoveries. (http://www.writerscrampcommunications.com/assets/pdfs/SteminaWWcoverJune08.pdf)
I had the opportunity to meet Gabby at the World Stem Cell Summit in Madison Wisconsin in September 2008 and she is the epitome of South American charm, brilliance and an absolute fashion plate down to the bottom of her pointy toed shoes, of which she is notoriously famous! Visit her lab at http://stemcells.wisc.edu/faculty/cezar.html and her bio at http://www.med.wisc.edu/metc/fac/fac09.php then check out her science during the first Panel on Stem Cell Science with the other interesting researcher participants.
Postscript: Metabolomics*??? Here is an explanation straight from Wikipedia to you!
Metabolomics is the “systematic study of the unique chemical fingerprints that specific cellular processes leave behind” – specifically, the study of their small-molecule metabolite profiles  (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Metabolomics#cite_note-0), The metabolome represents the collection of all metabolites in a biological organism, which are the end products of its gene expression. Thus, while mRNA gene expression data and proteomic analyses do not tell the whole story of what might be happening in a cell, metabolic profiling can give an instantaneous snapshot of the physiology of that cell. One of the challenges of systems biology and functional genomics is to integrate proteomic, transciptomic and metabolomic information to give a more complete picture of living organisms.
According to SEED magazine Issue 21 Science is Culture April 2009, this is just the type of biomedical science that needs attention in addition to stem cell research. So,come to the SCES and get twice the information for one sweet registration.