Morning Edition: StemConn 2011
Stem cells hold the promise of treating a host of diseases in the future. Today in Farmington, some of the top Stem Cell researchers in the country gathered to share the latest discoveries in this new technology.
Every two years, Connecticut hosts StemConn, a full day symposium that looks at the latest research and trends in this promising technology. Stem cells have the ability to regenerate and replenish various tissue in the body, which could potentially treat diseases such as cancer, Parkinson's disease and multiple sclerosis.
Paul Pescatello, president and CEO of CURE, Connecticut's bioscience cluster says given that Stem cell technology is in it's infancy, events like today's StemConn are crucial to keeping researchers abreast of the latest discoveries:
Pescatello says Connecticut is one of the leaders in this technology, thanks to the state legislature's 100 million dollar investment in 2005 to jump start Stem Cell research in the state