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September 12, 2002

Prominent stem cell researcher to deliver lecture at U of G

Freda Miller, will deliver the 2002 Chappel Memorial Lecture Sept. 17 at 12:30 p.m. in Room 1714 of the Lifetime Learning Centre at the Ontario Veterinary College (OVC). The lecture is open to members of the public and academic community. ďThe Search for Accessible Stem CellsĒ will focus on Millerís discovery that stem cells can be harvested from human adult skin.

Millerís research attracted international attention in 2001 and this development may provide an alternative to using human embryos as a source of stem cells. Stem cells are considered to have potential for helping patients recover from illnesses such as spinal cord injuries and Parkinsonís disease.

Miller recently joined the Hospital For Sick Children in Toronto as a senior scientist in the developmental biology and brain and behaviour research programs. She is also a faculty member of the department of molecular and medical genetics and the Institute of Medical Science at the University of Toronto.

Before moving to Toronto, Miller was a cell and molecular biologist at the Montreal Neurological Institute and a professor of neurology and neurosurgery at McGill University. She has written more than 70 widely published and highly acclaimed scientific papers, reviews and book chapters and has 11 patents (issued and pending).

The annual Chappel Lecture was established by 1950 OVC graduate Clifford Chappel in memory of his father, to give students and faculty the opportunity to meet internationally known scientists. It is hosted by the Office of Research, Graduate Studies, the College of Biological Science and OVC.

For more information, contact Karen Gallant, 519-824-4120, Ext. 4414.

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