David Prentice to Speak on Stem Cell Research

by Jennifer Taggart, Public Relations Writer

The Center for Political Studies and Center for Bioethics at Cedarville University will host David Prentice, the senior fellow for life sciences at the Family Research Council. Prentice will speak on "Stem Cell Politics: Saving vs. Destroying Lives" in the Dixon Ministry Center Room 152 at 7.pm. on Jan. 27, 2015.

“Stem cell research can be a difficult issue for Christians,” said Mark Caleb Smith, director of the Center for Political Studies at Cedarville. “Depending on how it is performed, it can lead to the destruction of a human embryo, but it also has the potential to save human lives.”

Smith said that Prentice will be discussing various pieces of stem cell research legislation from a Christian perspective.

“It’s always important to know about public policy,” Smith said. “The more we know, the more we can hold elected officials accountable when they encourage or discourage stem cell research.”

Prentice’s expertise on stem cell research is world renowned. He has testified in front of many international organizations including the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, the President's Council on Bioethics, the Vatican and the United Nations as well as international legislatures including the European Parliament, Australian Parliament and the German Bundestag. He was chosen to write the U.S. President's Council’s review on adult stem cell research and was awarded the 2007 Walter C. Randall Award in Biomedical Ethics from the American Physiological Society.

Located in southwest Ohio, Cedarville University is an accredited, Christ-centered, Baptist institution with an enrollment of 3,620 undergraduate, graduate and online students in more than 100 areas of study. Founded in 1887, Cedarville is recognized nationally for its authentic Christian community, rigorous academic programs, strong graduation and retention rates, accredited professional and health science offerings and leading student satisfaction ratings.