“The Stem Cell Dream event has been very interesting, engaging and a lot of fun! It didn’t make me dream, rather think critically about the implications of stem cell research advances in our everyday life.”
A dialogue based event about the real issues in stem cell research. Can iPS cells – ‘hot stuff’ for researchers as it is one of the latest major breakthroughs in stem cell science – be used to treat disease like Parkinson’s? Can we develop safe treatments now? What does science say?
Microphones, video screen, speakers, projector, laptop, Powerpoint, internet connection, digital voting technology and portal or camera to capture audience’s coloured cards.
Part one (25 min)
On arrival, audience members have the chance to read on a rotating set of slides projected on the screen
5.55 – 6.05pm
Facilitator introduces the format for the event and introduces speakers.
Clinician A / Patient representative gives introduction on neurological disease, for example Parkinson’s (YouTube film of MJ Fox, effects of PD from patient point of view; also possibly includes Guardian headline ‘Parkinson’s miracle cure turns into a catastrophe’ to create some controversy.)
6.08 – 6.20pm
Facilitator invites audience to vote on three statements that are projected on a screen using the voting slide. Their answers will be based on the limited info they have. Use digital voting technology if possible, for real-time results or else coloured cards.
6.20 – 6.25pm
Part two (50 min)
Facilitator introduces other member(s) of the panel who will present their take on the case presented.
6.25 – 6.27pm
B gives presentation from an historical perspective: Introducing Stem Cells and where we are now.
6.27 – 6.45pm
C continues presentation why scientists are so excited about iPS cells: current research on iPS to understand and treat neurological disease.
A /patient rep: respond to presentations from B and C from a patient’s perspective
6.55 – 7pm
Questions & sum-up
7 – 7.15pm
Part three (15 min)
Facilitator invites audience to vote on same statements again.
7.15 – 7.22pm
Facilitator comments on change (if any). Asks individuals in audience what changed their minds.
7.22 – 7.29pm
Facilitator thanks audience and panel members for attendance, encouraged to fill in feedback forms outside
7.29 – 7.30pm
We've put together some teachers' notes containing a 1-hour lesson plan for running A stem cell dream with 16+ year olds. The materials provide a way to introduce this topical science in an interactive, discussion-based lesson. You will need to download the following files to get started:
|Stem Cell Dream Introduction in English.ppt||215 KB|
|Stem Cell Dream-Voting Slide English.ppt||156 KB|
|News article: The Times (pdf)||216.56 KB|
|Teacher notes for classroom set-up (pdf)||167.9 KB|
|Fictional news article Trial.pdf||119.24 KB|
|Evaluation form (pdf)||154.82 KB|
Developed by Ingrid Heersche (CRM), Ana Godinho (ISCR), Kate Doherty (EuroStemCell). Originally part of the Big ideas programme at the Edinburgh International Science Festival
Stem Cell Dream by Ingrid Heersche, Ana Godinho, Kate Doherty is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.
Based on a work at www.crm.ed.ac.uk.