Stem cells and medical tourism: The challenge for health and science policy



Tuesday, October 23, 2012, 12:00 - 13:00


Victoria Ballroom, Marriott Hotel
100 Kent St.
Ottawa, Ontario


Few areas of science are as much of a source of controversy and promise as stem cell research. While scientific progress has been made, there are only a few stem cell based therapies that are actually ready for the clinic. Yet clinics throughout the world are leveraging the high profile of the science, offering unproven treatments to patients who are often desperate for an effective treatment for a debilitating condition. This 'stem cell tourism' phenomenon has emerged as a huge industry, one that both hurts the science and exploits vulnerable patients, including many Canadians.

Despite condemnation by governments and international scientific entities, the medical tourism industry continues to grow. What is driving this industry? How can Canada react to this health and science policy dilemma? Join Timothy Caulfield, Canada Research Chair in Health Law and Policy, as he explores the latest research on the scope and nature of this challenge and offers suggestion on how government, scientists, clinicians and the media should respond.

This Big Thinking lunch is organized in partnership with the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada.