Stem Cells – The Science and Hope [S-19-51]

Presenter: Ron Tavernier
Location: SUNY Canton: Payson 219
Classes: 1 Session 1.5 hours
Dates: Thu 2:00 PM 03/21
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Stem cells are a hot topic in the health fields right now with famous athletes and celebrities travelling to Mexico and Europe to receive treatments. They are also in the news because of the controversy surrounding them; some are harvested from aborted fetuses. In the past, the US has limited the funding of stem cell research. We will discuss the different types of stem cells and the current science surrounding them. We will also delve into some of the ways they are being marketed and some of the harm they have caused when used in untested treatments. Although there is much hope surrounding stem cells, many treatments are still in the testing phase with unproven results.

After getting his Associates Degree, and meeting his future wife at Paul Smiths College, Ron Tavernier (born in Malone) moved to Alaska in 1994 to earn a Bachelors Degree in Wildlife Biology. He worked a few years for the U. S. Army as a Natural Resource Specialist before returning to the University of Alaska, Fairbanks. There he investigated how animals respond to the long, dark winters in the Arctic, which earned him his PhD. Ron lived in Alaska for 13 years and had many adventures there. He moved back East with his family in 2007, and since then he has been teaching biology at SUNY Canton.

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