Loyola Medical Student to Attend Vatican Conference on Adult Stem Cells

News Archive March 13, 2013

Loyola Medical Student to Attend Vatican Conference on Adult Stem Cells

MAYWOOD, Ill. – Michael Hutz, a second-year student at Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, has been invited to attend a prestigious Vatican conference on adult stem cell research.

The Second International Vatican Adult Stem Cell Conference: Regenerative Medicine – A Fundamental Shift in Science & Culture, which will be held April 11-13, will explore the scientific, cultural and ethical implications of adult stem cells.

Researchers from around the world are studying how adult stem cells could be used to treat diseases such as cancer, multiple sclerosis and heart disease. Unlike the use of embryonic stem cells, the use of adult stem cells does not involve the destruction of human embryos.

“The potential medical benefits from using adult stem cells is immense,” Hutz said.  “I am very much looking forward to learning about the ways in which the Church can more fully collaborate with the scientific community. And I am incredibly honored and excited to represent Loyola University Chicago at this conference."

Hutz is from Whitefish Bay, Wis. He graduated from Loyola University Chicago with degrees in Biology and Religious Studies, with a minor in Bioethics. At Stritch, he is president of the student government, and is participating in the Physician's Vocation - Ignatian Medicine program, which incorporates Ignatian philosophies into the study and vocation of medicine.

The Loyola University Chicago Health Sciences Division (HSD) advances interprofessional, multidisciplinary, and transformative education and research while promoting service to others through stewardship of scientific knowledge and preparation of tomorrow's leaders. The HSD is located on the Health Sciences Campus in Maywood, Illinois. It includes the Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing, the Stritch School of Medicine, the biomedical research programs of the Graduate School, and several other institutes and centers encouraging new research and interprofessional education opportunities across all of Loyola University Chicago. The faculty and staff of the HSD bring a wealth of knowledge, experience, and a strong commitment to seeing that Loyola's health sciences continue to excel and exceed the standard for academic and research excellence. For more on the HSD, visit LUC.edu/hsd.

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