Dominican Friar to Participate in Vatican Adult Stem Cell Conference

November 9, 2011

Fr. Nicanor Austriaco, OP, associate professor of biology and instructor of theology at Providence College, is to be a featured presenter at an upcoming Vatican conference on adult steam cell research.  The conference, entitled “Adult Stem Cells: Science and the Future of Man and Culture“, begins today (Wednesday) and is gathering 350 scientists, religious figures, politicians, educators and industry representatives.  The opening address will be given by Hon. Tommy Thompson, the former Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.  Fr. Austriaco’s topic will be “Will the Advancement of Life Sciences Change Our Vision of Man?” The Conference is a three-day international conference on adult stem cells and the promise they hold for health care.  It is described by its organizers as, “an exclusive event targeting a select number of participants, including the foremost experts in Adult Stem Cell research along with recognized leaders in the life sciences, medicine, religion, ethics, and public policy.”  The sponsors for the conference include the U.S. Stem for Life Foundation and by the Pontifical Council for Culture.  

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