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Stem Cell Researcher to Speak at UW-Fox Valley

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Dr. James Thomson, a pioneer in the isolation and culture of non-human primate and human embryonic stem cells, will speak at the University of Wisconsin-Fox Valley in Menasha on Monday, November 7 from noon to 1 p.m., in the Student Union. The presentation is free and open to the public, with a limited amount of unreserved seating available.

Time Magazine August 20, 2001Dr. Thomson directed the group that reported the first isolation of embryonic stem cell lines, or undifferentiated cells that have the ability to become any of the cells that make up the tissues of the body, from a non-human primate in 1995. This work led his group to the first successful isolation of human embryonic stem cell lines in 1998. Dr. Thomson is a University of Wisconsin-Madison developmental biologist who also serves as a professor of anatomy in the UW-Madison Medical School and as the chief pathologist at the Wisconsin Regional Primate Research Center on the UW-Madison campus.

Dr. Thomson appeared on the cover of the August 20, 2001 issue of Time Magazine, as “The Man Who Brought You Stem Cells,” being cited as “one of America’s Best in science and medicine.”

Noontime student union activities at UWFox events are scheduled at noon to more conveniently coincide with the students’ academic and personal schedules. For more information about Dr. Thomson’s presentation, call Jeff Kuepper, student activities director at UWFox, at (920) 832-2671 or email jeff.kuepper@uwc.edu.

Posted 11/1/2005