Stephen Holt MD, PhD, DSc, LLD(Hon.) DNM, ChB, FRCP (C), MRCP (UK), FACP, FACG, FACN, FACAM, KSJ, Distinguished Professor of Medicine (Emerite), Advisor Natural Clinician, LLC, NJ

Course Description: One Day CME-Approved Symposium, March 14, A4M, Orlando, FLA.
In the past decade, stem cell research and treatments have attracted more media interest than any other branch of medical practice. There is now a great thirst for knowledge on this subject, among healthcare professionals and consumers. The promise of stem cell therapies involve the potential replacement of cells or organs that are diseased, injured, infirm, ailing or aged. There has been a degree of “hype” about stem cells in some popular media formats, where putative claims of benefit may have transcended current science. In this stem cell summit, a group of experienced academics and individuals, involved in stem cell transplantation, present a series of topics to cover the general principles and practice of stem cell biology and evidence-based treatments. There is no doubt that stem cell treatments afford an enticing pathway for the promotion of longevity, but outcome data in this area remain limited. In order to present a grounding in knowledge about stem cell medicine, the following topics are covered in the teaching sessions which extend from 8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., with intermissions. The topics include: Basic Science Aspects of Stem Cells, The Organization and Operation of A Modern Stem Cell Institute, Indications for Stem Cell Treatments (including Bone Marrow Transplantation), Forseeable Targets for Cancer or Chronic Disease Management (including aspects of Regenerative Medicine), Banking of Human Stem Cell Lines, Integrative Medical Approaches to Stem Cell Interventions, “Alternative Approaches” (Live Cell Therapy), Stem Cell Treatments From A Surgeon’s Perspective, Expanding Horizons for Stem Cells, A Brief Overview Of Regulatory Issues and Practical Information On Stem Cell Research and Therapeutics for The Non-Stem Cell Expert. The presentations will be accompanied by teaching materials and bibliographies, where relevant. This course is designed to provide the “Nuts And Bolts” of Stem Cell Medicine.
Targets and Objectives
To provide a basic overview of research and current clinical application of stem cell treatments.
To educate participants on an evidenced-based approach of referral of patients for evaluation for stem cell therapies, with respect to peer-reviewed literature.
To understand the basic organizational structure of a clinical, operating, stem cell facility, with reporting of outcome data.
To attempt to sort science from speculation in the field of stem cell science.
To develop a working knowledge of the ethics and regulatory practices that govern the use of stem cells taken from a variety of sources, including: embryonic, adult, (ip) and cord- blood stem cells.
To understand the potential value of stem cell banking.

Intended Accomplishments For Participants
To develop an overall understanding of the principles and practice of stem cell research, development and therapeutics.
To develop a knowledge base which can provide a physician with guidance in counseling patients who inquire about stem cell treatments.
To place stem cell therapies in their correct perspective in clinical practice.

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