FLESH MADE NEW: The Unnatural History of Stem Cells

FLESH MADE NEW: The Unnatural History of Stem Cells
FLESH MADE NEW: The Unnatural History of Stem Cells

Principal speaker

Professor John Rasko

Other speakers

Tegan Taylor


Join internationally-acclaimed leader in gene and stem cell therapies, Prof John Rasko AO, on Friday April 30, 2021, for a wild historical tour of stem cell science.

BOOKINGS: https://integrity20.org/flesh-made-new-john-rasko/

For decades, we have been told that the era of regenerative medicine is upon us. Stem cells - the "master-builders' of your body - will soon cure just about every ailment under the sun.

The medical potential of stem cell research has been widely celebrated. Less well-known is its troubled past - the blunders and set-backs, confusions and delusions, tricks, lies and dirty little secrets.

John will introduce us to some of the people who have shaped this history: from the true pioneers of stem cell science, to the charlatans who cooked their data and claimed fake cures. By tearing down the hype surrounding stem cells, he reveals what's still worth hoping for in this vital field of research.

John's visit to Brisbane is a not-to-be-missed opportunity to hear from this Australian pioneer.

He will be joined in conversation by journalist Tegan Taylor, co-host of ABC's multi-award-winning podcast Coronacast.

John Rasko heads both the Gene and Stem Cell Therapy Programs at the Centenary Institute, and Cell & Molecular Therapies at Royal Prince Alfred hospital in Sydney. He is the recipient of many national and international awards recognising his commitment to excellence in medical research, including appointment as an Officer of the Order of Australia. In 2018 John delivered the prestigious ABC Boyer Lectures, with the series Life Re-engineered, exploring the power and dangers of biotechnology, gene, and cell therapy to cure disease, prolong life and change the course of human evolution.

Tegan Taylor is co-host of the ABC's Coronacast, the multi-award-winning daily podcast about the pandemic, and a health and science journalist in the ABC Science Unit, where she reports on topics from health fads to moonquakes and, yes, coronavirus.

Limited tickets are available to this event.

BOOKINGS: https://integrity20.org/flesh-made-new-john-rasko/

John will be signing copies of his new book Flesh Made New: The Unnatural History and Broken Promise of Stem Cells (written with co-author Carl Power) after the event.

"Science isn't magic: it's human enterprise. This enthralling book tells of high achievement and astonishing blunders in a vital field of research" - Robyn Williams, science journalist and broadcaster

"If you love some scandal with your science - or some science with your scandal - this is THE book for you. Brilliant stuff" - Adam Spencer, author, raconteur and science geek

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