WSCS14-PED-300x140Researchers have used Stem Cells, known as the body’s master cells, to treat a variety of illnesses.

The cells, taken from adults or embryos, “offer the possibility of a renewable source of replacement cells and tissues to treat diseases including macular degeneration, spinal cord injury, stroke, burns, heart disease, diabetes, osteoarthritis, and rheumatoid arthritis,” according to the National Institutes of Health.

And now the public can find out even more about this exciting new field of medical research at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio Tuesday. It is teaming up with the World Stem Cell Summit to offer a free public education day.

The Health Science Center will host a series of talks from experts in the field of stem cells and regenerative medicine Tuesday morning and afternoon. The event immediately precedes the 2014 World Stem Cell Summit which begins Wednesday and runs through Friday at the Marriott Rivercenter.

The public event begins Tuesday at 9 a.m. with a special lecture on “Stem Cells: Their Biology and Promise for Regenerative Medicine” by Elaine Fuchs, PhD, Rockefeller University. The event will be held at the Holly Auditorium at 7703 Floyd Curl Drive. The event continues in the afternoon, starting at 1 p.m. and running until 4 p.m.

“The Health Science Center is committed to stem cell research, including applications to oral health, aging, neuroscience, diabetes and cancer,” Dr. William Henrich, president of the UT Health Science Center at San Antonio, said in a news release. “The World Stem Cell Summit is an opportunity to showcase our work on the global stage and establish new connections with national and international partners. The stem cells and regenerative medicine field has the potential to transform medicine, but also to transform the Texas economy.”