Activity: Participating in or organising an event types › Participation in workshop, seminar, course
This public event was organised by Sarah Parry, Nicola Marks and the Innogen/Scottish Stem Cell Network research team for the ESRC/BBSRC-funded project ‘Talking About Stem Cells: The Social Dynamics of Public Engagement in Stem Cell Research’. This project was also part of the ESRC Social Science Stem Cell Initiative. This public event was supported by the Genomic Forum using funds from the CBAR Stem Cells award. Initial findings from the ‘Talking About Stem Cells’ project had indicated that people hold diverse views on the different sources of stem cells, how they might be used and how resources should be allocated between them. The event gave participants an opportunity to learn more about different sources of stem cells used in research, and people’s views of them, including adult tissues such as bone marrow, human embryos created for IVF treatment but no longer required, human eggs, animal-human embryos, human foetuses, and animal cells and tissues. The event was interactive in structure and provided participants with an opportunity to share their perspectives with a range of others, including research scientists, doctors, patients and interested members of the public. Issues explored included therapeutic potential, risk, and ethical concerns regarding the different sources of stem cells. Participants were invited to consider which source/s of stem cells has/have the most merit and to cast a secret vote on how they thought financial resources should be divided. Participants also had the opportunity to question a panel of experts, each expert championing one source of stem cells.