Do the potential benefits of using embryonic stem cells to develop new medical treatments mean we have a moral obligation to support this type of research? Should a patient’s potential contribution to society be taken into consideration when deciding who will be allocated a scarce resource such as an organ transplant? Forty secondary school students from all corners of Ireland debate these thorny topics in the Debating Science Issues (DSI) competition.
The All-Ireland Finals will take place on Friday, 22 February 2013 at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, Dublin. Funded by Discover Science & Engineering, Abbott Ireland, Boston Scientific and Pfizer, this All-Ireland project is coordinated by Danielle Nicholson, Outreach Officer at the Regenerative Medicine Institute (REMEDI) at NUI Galway in conjunction with 8 science research and discovery centres throughout Ireland- Alimentary Pharmabiotic Centre, UCC; Biomedical Diagnostics Institute, DCU; CRANN in Trinity College Dublin; Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI), W5 in Belfast, CLARITY at UCD, Cork Institute of Technology and the Centre for Cross Border Studies in Armagh.