Museum Will Host Special Programs and Offer Extended Hours

DETROIT, Sept. 23, 2010 — The Detroit Science Center will be the host of the World Stem Cell Summit’s 3rd annual FREE public education day on Sunday, Oct. 3, 2010. Experts from around the world will be present at the Detroit Science Center from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., delivering timely and accurate stem cell science and regenerative medicine information to the public. This event is underwritten by The Taubman Foundation.

Museum visitors can learn about the latest science breakthroughs, engage with leading experts, experience hands-on lab activities, watch award-winning documentaries, attend educational workshops, access classroom resources, learn how stem cell discoveries translate into medicine, hear inspiring advocacy stories, learn about the risks of unsafe stem cell treatments, and much more.

There will be a separate series of seminars and workshops specifically aimed at science teachers to provide them training and materials to take them back to their classrooms.

“Stem cells offer tremendous potential to treat and alleviate the suffering of millions of people afflicted with debilitating diseases. For children suffering from spinal cord injuries, diabetes or even the early onset of Parkinson’s, treatments derived from stem cells can provide an entire lifetime of opportunity,” said Kevin F. Prihod, President and CEO of the Detroit Science Center. “As an institution that welcomes so many children and their families through its doors, we at the Detroit Science Center look forward to sharing the important and timely message of stem cell research with our visitors at the World Stem Cell Summit Public Education Day.”

The line-up of public programs and activities includes:

• Opening Remarks at 9 a.m.

9:00 a.m. -11:00 a.m. in the Toyota Engineering Theater

“Tissue Engineering Planetarium Show” hosted by L. Tony Beck, PhD, National Institutes of Health
10:00 a.m. -11:00 a.m. in the Dassault Systèmes Planetarium

Stem Cells 101 Presentation
10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. on the Chrysler Science Stage

Conversations with Experts Panel Discussion
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. – 3:00p.m. on the Chrysler Science Stage

Discoveries to Cures Panel Discussion
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. on the Chrysler Science Stage

The People, The Politics, The Science, The Hope
1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. in the Toyota Engineering Theater

Medical Tourism Panel Discussion: A Closer Look at Stem Cell Treatments
3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. on the Chrysler Science Stage

Closing Remarks and Stories from Stem Cell Advocates
4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. on the Chrysler Science Stage

Additionally, teacher workshops and hands-on lab activities will be offered, including:

Teacher Workshop: Online Stem Cell Educational Resources
10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. in the Dassault Systèmes Planetarium

Teacher Workshop: Stem Cell School’s Lesson on Cellular Reprogramming and the Creation of Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells: From Dolly to iPS
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. in the Dassault Systèmes Planetarium

Teacher Workshop “Stem Cells: Science and Ethics”
12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. in the Earth Classroom

Teacher Workshop: FREE Teacher Stem Cell Resources Kit
2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. in the Earth Classroom

Hands-on Stem Cell Lab Outreach Experience
Hourly, 45-minute sessions at 10:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m., 2:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m.

The World Stem Cell Summit, being held from Oct. 4-6, 2010 at the Detroit Renaissance Center, will bring premier researchers, investors, and industry leaders from more than 30 countries to Michigan to advance stem cell research and the promising technologies that will find cures. The summit is produced by the Genetics Policy Institute and co-organized by the University of Michigan, Michigan State University, Wayne State University, the University Research Corridor and the Michigan Economic Development Corporation. For more information, please visit

The Detroit Science Center is a hands-on museum that inspires its visitors to pursue and support careers in engineering, technology and science. The Science Center features five theaters, including Michigan’s only Chrysler IMAX® Dome Theatre, the Dassault Systèmes Planetarium, the Toyota Engineering Theater, the DTE Energy Sparks Theater and the Chrysler Science Stage; a 9,000 square-foot Science Hall for traveling exhibits; hands-on exhibit galleries focusing on space, life and physical science; an exhibit gallery just for pint-size scientists; and a Special Events Lobby. The Science Center is the official home of the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America and FIRST in Michigan, and it operates the Detroit Children’s Museum. For more information, please call 313.577.8400 or visit the website,

All programs, times and locations are subject to change.