and a PhD in bioethics from Georgetown University. His research has focused on the investigation of abnormal gene regulation in cancer and research on ethical issues in human genetics. For the past 10 years he has served as ethics consultant to the National Society of Genetic Counselors. He also serves as a consultant to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, the United States Catholic Conference, and as a member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science Program of Dialogue on Science, Ethics, and Religion. He is a founding member of Do No Harm: Coalition of Americans for Research Ethics, an organization dedicated to the promotion of scientific research and health care that does no harm to human life.
Fred H. Gage, PhD, is a professor in the Laboratory of Genetics at the Salk Institute and adjunct professor of neurosciences at the University of California at San Diego. Dr. Gage studies regeneration and neurogenesis in the adult brain and spinal cord. He is presently on the National Advisory Council on Aging of the National Institutes of Health and the Advisory Board of the American Society of Gene Therapy. In addition to editorial board duties for a variety of scientific journals, he is chairman of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Christopher Reeve Paralysis Foundation. He is the recipient of several research awards including the Christopher Reeve Second Annual Medal Award, the Mathilde Solowey Lecture Award in Neuroscience, the Robert J. and Claire Pasarow Foundation Award, the Max Planck Research Award, the Theobald-Smith Award, and the Bass Foundation Lecture Award.
Margaret Goodell, PhD, is an assistant professor in the Center for Cell and Gene Therapy Departments of Pediatrics, Molecular and Human Genetics, and Microbiology and Immunology at Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Goodell has worked on stem cells derived from adult tissues for over 10 years, first focusing on those in the hematopoietic system and more recently from a number of other tissues. Her work has indicated that adult stem cells (mesenchymal stem cells) can differentiate in bone, cartilage, and brain cells (astrocytes) in culture.