Monday, October 27, 2008

Hunting Medicine's Holy Grail

The world stands on the brink of a medical revolution. Within months, the first human tests using embryonic stem cell therapy will be carried out in Australia and the U.S.

Embryonic stem cell research is about to fulfil its promise and at the heart of this research is former Melbourne scientist Alan Trounson, a world-renowned biologist.

Prof. Trounson has pioneered the use of stem cells in medicine and, in doing so, has made Victoria a world leader in the technology.

Now the president of the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine, based in San Francisco, he has returned to address the AusBiotech 2008 conference in Melbourne today.

In his only interview while in Australia, he told the Sunday Herald Sun: "We are on the front edge of a medical revolution and Victoria has moved up in the frontline.''

Prof. Trounson, 62, left Victoria last year for California. Today he will announce the trials at the conference.

"The world is incredibly optimistic about the use of stem cells, embryonic or other,'' he said.
"There will be treatments, there will be cures. We can see the light at the end of the tunnel.''

Source and More:
http://mclc.convio.net/site/News2?page=NewsArticle&id=5435&news_iv_ctrl=-1

Contributed by:
Margaret Rose Tollerton (MRT)
Missouri Coalition for Lifesaving Cures
Columbia Regional Organizer

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