2012-06-27 Vatican Radio(Vatican Radio) As part of an ongoing mission to advance scientific research on adult stem cell therapies and explore their cultural and ethical implications, Monsignor Tomasz Trafny of the Vatican's Pontifical Council for Culture, joined Dr. Robin Smith, CEO of NeoStem (NYSE MKT:NBS) & Chairman and President of the Stem for Life Foundation, and Dr. Max Gomez, trustee of the Stem for Life Foundation to present the first copy of their forthcoming book, Our Stem Cells: The Mystery of Life and Secrets of Healing, to Pope Benedict XVI following the Wednesday general audience.
The book is the result of a unique collaboration between the Vatican’s Pontifical Council (via its charitable foundation STOQ International) and the Stem for Life Foundation, and will be available later this year. It includes a special address by Pope Benedict, urging increased support and awareness for advancements in adult stem cell research in order to alleviate human suffering.
The book focuses on concepts discussed at the First International Vatican Adult Stem Cell Conference (2011) and presents the reader with an engaging, comprehensive overview of adult stem cells and their vital role in a future of regenerative medicine. In powerful, accessible language the book showcases a wide array of emerging adult stem cell breakthroughs, including their ability to repair damaged hearts and organs, restore sight, kill cancer, cure diabetes, heal burns and stop the march of degenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer’s, multiple sclerosis and Lou Gehrig’s disease.
“In addition to making the science easy to understand, we filled the book with here-and-now case studies on how adult stem cell therapies are already helping real people suffering needlessly from deadly and debilitating diseases and medical conditions,“ said Dr. Smith. “Not only does the book speak to the success of our historic partnership with the Vatican, but it sets the stage for our next events.”
“This book promotes a powerful dialogue between scientific and religious communities,” says Monsignor Tomasz Trafny. “This dialogue needs to find its expression within the important framework of searching for truth and being guided by the highest ethical values. We hope this book will help educate people throughout the world regarding the importance of ethical scientific research and help them understand they do not need to choose between their faith and science; but in fact, the two can work together to profoundly improve humanity.”