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Release: July 17, 2001
Hendrix to testify on stem cell research at special congressional hearing
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Mary J.C. Hendrix, Ph.D., the Kate Daum Research Professor
and head of the University of Iowa department of anatomy and cell biology,
is one of only two university researchers invited to testify on stem cell
research before Congress in Washington, D.C. The special congressional hearing
will be at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, July 18, in the Dirkson Senate Office Building.
Hendrix was invited to testify by Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa), who is chairman
of the Senate Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education
and Related Agencies of the Committee on Appropriations.
Hendrix will testify that stem cell research is a crucially important area
of scientific investigation. She will argue that increased understanding of
embryonic stem cells could lead to novel therapies for currently untreatable
diseases such as Parkinson's disease and Alzheimer's disease.
"This is an extraordinary opportunity to describe the promise of stem
cell research and to discuss important ethical considerations associated with
human embryonic stem cells," Hendrix said.
Other people invited to testify at the hearing include Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah);
Sen. Gordon Smith (R-Ore.); Sen. Sam Brownback (R-Kan.); Diane Krause, M.D.,
Ph.D., associate professor of laboratory medicine and pathology at Yale University;
Lana Skirboll, Ph.D., associate director for science policy at the National
Institutes of Health; and Michael West, Ph.D., president and chief executive
officer of Advanced Cell Technology.
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