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Stem cell course in the Middle East: science diplomacy and international collaborations during the Arab spring.

Sarkadi B, Schatten G - Stem Cell Rev (2012)

Bottom Line: The organization of the stem cell course in the Holy Land especially emphasized that issues of "eternal life" and "rejuvenation" are already at hand--at least in the pluripotent stem cell research field.In the lively atmosphere of the course about 60 participants had heated discussions on the possibility and ethics of advanced prenatal diagnostics, and on regulatory issues reflecting the need of separation of clinically effective versus unapproved, unwarranted stem cell treatments.An open discussion of many ethical issues, reflecting profound differences in religion and medical tradition in the different countries, made this course exceptionally interesting for both teachers and trainees.

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Affiliation: Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Dioszegi 64, 1113, Budapest, Hungary.

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In April 2011, an international advanced course and workshop entitled "Frontiers in Human Pluripotent Stem Cells" and an International Congress on Fertility and Genetics ( http://www.fertigen.com.jo/ConferenceDetails.aspx ) was held in Amman Jordan hosted by the Jordanian Society of Fertility and Genetics under the auspices of the International Cell Research Organization (ICRO), a UNESCO associated NGO. The Congress President Dr. Zaid Kilani, with Dr. Abdel Latif Abu Khadra, President of the Jordanian society for Fertility and Genetics, Dr. Rana Dajani of the Hashemite University of Jordan, and their Organizing Committee proved to be an excellent organizers and dedicated physician-scientists and, focusing on fertility, genetics and stem cells in a wide range of advanced therapeutic applications. Brilliant course participants included trainees, scientists and clinicians from the Greater Middle East. The lectures and practical sessions, presented by internationally acknowledged scientists, included overviews of recent achievements in pluripotent stem cell research, emphasizing the role of both the embryonic (ES) and induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells. A major emphasis was placed on the clinical achievements in germ cell and umbilical cord stem cell transplantation issues, and on the potential of fast and successful prenatal and pre-implantation molecular genetics diagnostics. The organization of the stem cell course in the Holy Land especially emphasized that issues of "eternal life" and "rejuvenation" are already at hand--at least in the pluripotent stem cell research field. In the lively atmosphere of the course about 60 participants had heated discussions on the possibility and ethics of advanced prenatal diagnostics, and on regulatory issues reflecting the need of separation of clinically effective versus unapproved, unwarranted stem cell treatments. An open discussion of many ethical issues, reflecting profound differences in religion and medical tradition in the different countries, made this course exceptionally interesting for both teachers and trainees.

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Opening Session of the JORDIAN SOCIETY FOR FERTILITY AND GENETICS Congress and Commencement for the Stem Cell Workshop. High Royal Highness Princess Basma Bint Talal of Jordan (Center). Dr. Zaid Kilani is directly to her right and the authors (B.S.; 3rd right and G.S.; her left) are also in this figure together with many of the speakers
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Fig1: Opening Session of the JORDIAN SOCIETY FOR FERTILITY AND GENETICS Congress and Commencement for the Stem Cell Workshop. High Royal Highness Princess Basma Bint Talal of Jordan (Center). Dr. Zaid Kilani is directly to her right and the authors (B.S.; 3rd right and G.S.; her left) are also in this figure together with many of the speakers

Mentions: The International Congress, closely attached to the advanced course, brought both scientific events to a magnificent social gathering. The Congress was opened by Jordanian Princess H.R.H. Basma Bint Talal, the late King Hussein’s sister and King Abdullah’s Aunt (Fig. 1). To a great joy of the guest scholars, she gave an excellent free talk in English on the need of modern biological science to flourish even further in the Muslim world, so well known about its eminent classical scholars. She especially emphasized the need for modern medicine in the area of fertility, thus liberating women and promoting their health at this part of the world as well. As we learned later, in fact, at the time of need she went to the Mayo clinic to donate her bone marrow for King Hussein’s stem cell therapy.Fig. 1


Stem cell course in the Middle East: science diplomacy and international collaborations during the Arab spring.

Sarkadi B, Schatten G - Stem Cell Rev (2012)

Opening Session of the JORDIAN SOCIETY FOR FERTILITY AND GENETICS Congress and Commencement for the Stem Cell Workshop. High Royal Highness Princess Basma Bint Talal of Jordan (Center). Dr. Zaid Kilani is directly to her right and the authors (B.S.; 3rd right and G.S.; her left) are also in this figure together with many of the speakers
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Fig1: Opening Session of the JORDIAN SOCIETY FOR FERTILITY AND GENETICS Congress and Commencement for the Stem Cell Workshop. High Royal Highness Princess Basma Bint Talal of Jordan (Center). Dr. Zaid Kilani is directly to her right and the authors (B.S.; 3rd right and G.S.; her left) are also in this figure together with many of the speakers
Mentions: The International Congress, closely attached to the advanced course, brought both scientific events to a magnificent social gathering. The Congress was opened by Jordanian Princess H.R.H. Basma Bint Talal, the late King Hussein’s sister and King Abdullah’s Aunt (Fig. 1). To a great joy of the guest scholars, she gave an excellent free talk in English on the need of modern biological science to flourish even further in the Muslim world, so well known about its eminent classical scholars. She especially emphasized the need for modern medicine in the area of fertility, thus liberating women and promoting their health at this part of the world as well. As we learned later, in fact, at the time of need she went to the Mayo clinic to donate her bone marrow for King Hussein’s stem cell therapy.Fig. 1

Bottom Line: The organization of the stem cell course in the Holy Land especially emphasized that issues of "eternal life" and "rejuvenation" are already at hand--at least in the pluripotent stem cell research field.In the lively atmosphere of the course about 60 participants had heated discussions on the possibility and ethics of advanced prenatal diagnostics, and on regulatory issues reflecting the need of separation of clinically effective versus unapproved, unwarranted stem cell treatments.An open discussion of many ethical issues, reflecting profound differences in religion and medical tradition in the different countries, made this course exceptionally interesting for both teachers and trainees.

View Article: PubMed Central - PubMed

Affiliation: Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Dioszegi 64, 1113, Budapest, Hungary.

ABSTRACT
In April 2011, an international advanced course and workshop entitled "Frontiers in Human Pluripotent Stem Cells" and an International Congress on Fertility and Genetics ( http://www.fertigen.com.jo/ConferenceDetails.aspx ) was held in Amman Jordan hosted by the Jordanian Society of Fertility and Genetics under the auspices of the International Cell Research Organization (ICRO), a UNESCO associated NGO. The Congress President Dr. Zaid Kilani, with Dr. Abdel Latif Abu Khadra, President of the Jordanian society for Fertility and Genetics, Dr. Rana Dajani of the Hashemite University of Jordan, and their Organizing Committee proved to be an excellent organizers and dedicated physician-scientists and, focusing on fertility, genetics and stem cells in a wide range of advanced therapeutic applications. Brilliant course participants included trainees, scientists and clinicians from the Greater Middle East. The lectures and practical sessions, presented by internationally acknowledged scientists, included overviews of recent achievements in pluripotent stem cell research, emphasizing the role of both the embryonic (ES) and induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells. A major emphasis was placed on the clinical achievements in germ cell and umbilical cord stem cell transplantation issues, and on the potential of fast and successful prenatal and pre-implantation molecular genetics diagnostics. The organization of the stem cell course in the Holy Land especially emphasized that issues of "eternal life" and "rejuvenation" are already at hand--at least in the pluripotent stem cell research field. In the lively atmosphere of the course about 60 participants had heated discussions on the possibility and ethics of advanced prenatal diagnostics, and on regulatory issues reflecting the need of separation of clinically effective versus unapproved, unwarranted stem cell treatments. An open discussion of many ethical issues, reflecting profound differences in religion and medical tradition in the different countries, made this course exceptionally interesting for both teachers and trainees.

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