Teacher program: Seminar Series

Whitehead Institute’s 2008-2009 Seminar Series for High School Teachers: Pursuing the Promise: Advances in Stem Cell Science

The past year has brought with it astonishing breakthroughs in stem cell research. From the apparent creation of embryonic stem cells without the use of embryos, to the use of stem cell-based therapies to treat mouse models of human diseases, to the further elucidation of the roles of cancer stem cells, scientists made unprecedented progress in tapping these cells’ seemingly limitless potential.

The 2008-2009 Whitehead Institute’s Lecture Series for High School Teachers was “Pursuing the Promise: Advances in Stem Cell Science”. The series featured talks by world-class researchers working to understand the basic genetic programs of stem cells and how they may be exploited to build the foundation for future therapies.


Kick-off session: Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Regeneration and stem cells

Peter Reddien,  Member, Whitehead Institute

[presentation not available]

Monday, November 3, 2008

Blood stem cells

Harvey Lodish, Founding Member, Whitehead Institute

[13.1MB pdf]

Monday, December 1, 2008

Cancer stem cells

Robert Weinberg, Founding Member, Whitehead Institute

[presentation not available]

Monday, January 5, 2009

The role chromatin structure plays in the differentiation of stem cells

Laurie Boyer, MIT

[presentation not available]

Monday, February 2, 2009

Stem cells as tools for drug discovery

Lee Rubin, Harvard Stem Cell Institute

[20.1MB pdf]

Monday, March 2, 2009

Due to inclement weather, the lecture for March 2 was canceled.

Monday, April 6, 2009

Muscle stem cells

Amy Wagers, Joslin Diabetes Center

[7.1MB pdf]

Monday, MAy 4, 2009

Using stem cells to study the developmental biology of disease: Case studies in ALS

Kevin Eggan, Harvard Stem Cell Institute

[4.3MB pdf]

Monday, June 6, 2009

Ethical and political issues surrounding stem cell research

M. William Lensch, Harvard Medical School/ Children's Hospital Boston

[presentation not available]

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