News Release - Experts to Discuss Stem Cell Research

For Immediate Release –

May 5, 2009

Media contacts:

Mark Marchand, Rockefeller Institute – (518) 443-5283 /
Sarah Bilofsky, Union Graduate College – (518) 588-7562 /
David Singer, Albany Law School – (518) 445-3211 /

Experts to Discuss the Outlook for Stem Cell Research in May 11 Forum at Rockefeller Institute

Event Co-Sponsored by Albany Law School and Union Graduate College/Mount Sinai School of Medicine Joint Program in Bioethics to Feature Public Policy, Academic, Legal, and Science Experts

Albany, N.Y. — Five leading experts studying different aspects of the future of stem cell research will discuss the topic at a Rockefeller Institute of Government Public Policy Forum here on May 11.

The forum, which will begin at 10:30 a.m. and end at 12:30 p.m., will be held at the Institute’s main facility at 411 State St., Albany.

Among the various issues speakers will discuss is the recent executive order from President Obama, which repealed restrictions on federal funding for stem cell research. They will also address new National Institutes of Health guidelines that expanded stem cell lines eligible for federal funding. Panelists will examine consequences of those recent policy changes and look at issues that are likely to become important going forward.

The five speakers will be:

Amy Campbell — assistant professor, Center of Bioethics and Humanities, SUNY Upstate Medical University

Judy Doesschate — director of board operations and executive secretary, Empire State Stem Cell Board

James Fossett — associate professor, public administration and health, University at Albany; and senior fellow, Rockefeller Institute of Government

Sean Philpott – science and ethics officer, Global Campaign for Microbicides, PATH; professor, Union Graduate College Bioethics Program

Bonnie Steinbock – professor, Department of Philosophy, University at Albany

To register to attend the event, write to Michele Charbonneau at the Rockefeller Institute at, or call 518-443-5258.


About Albany Law School

Albany Law School is a small, independent private school in the heart of New York State’s capital since 1851. As the oldest law school in New York and the oldest independent law school in the nation, the institution offers students an innovative, rigorous curriculum taught by a committed faculty. Several nationally recognized programs – including the Government Law Center and the Albany Law Clinic & Justice Center – provide opportunities for students to apply classroom learning. Students have access to New York's highest court, federal courts and the state legislature, as well as a thriving tech-based economy. With 9,000-plus alumni practicing in every state in the country, and several continents, the employment rate for graduates has been well above the national average for law schools for the past 26 years.

About the Rockefeller Institute of Government

The Nelson A. Rockefeller Institute of Government, the public policy research arm of the State University of New York, conducts fiscal and programmatic research on American state and local governments. It works closely with federal, state, and local government agencies nationally and in New York, and draws on the State University’s rich intellectual resources and on networks of public-policy academic experts throughout the country. Reporters can find useful information on the Newsroom page of the Web site,

About Union Graduate College

Union Graduate College is a private, independent institution in Schenectady, New York, offering master’s degrees in management (including a specialization in healthcare), education, engineering and bioethics. Recognized as a leader in on-line bioethics education, Union Graduate College developed one of the country’s first distance-learning bioethics programs. Renowned for its exceptional faculty, extensive resource and emphasis on hands-on experience, the bioethics program is offered in partnership with Mt. Sinai Hospital in New York City.