Tulane Invites Journalists to Gene Therapy Media Fellowship

February 11, 2005

Madeline Vann
Phone: 504-247-1425

Tulane University is one of 19 universities nationwide chosen to participate in the CASE Media Fellowship program. The Council for Advancement and Support of Education, a national society for communication professionals in higher education, funds fellowship programs at selected universities every year. Tulane is one of six medical centers to receive funding to support a two-day fellowship for working journalists.

The Tulane fellowship will give reporters an in-depth look at adult stem cell research and gene therapy at the Tulane Center for Gene Therapy and the Tulane National Primate Research Center. The program, titled "Regenerative Medicine: Hope for Healing through Adult Stem Cells," April 14 and 15, will give journalists access to experts in regenerating and repairing damaged spinal cords, brains, hearts and lungs using cells from a patient's own body -- the goal of pioneering research underway at Tulane.

The journalists will sit with scientists as they conduct research, will have an opportunity to explore the controversial aspects of stem cell research with leaders in the field and will tour the primate research center to learn about the role that animal research plays in gene therapy breakthroughs. Working journalists and free-lance journalists with substantial experience are invited to apply. Accommodations and meals will be provided.

Interested journalists should contact Kim Halbrooks, Tulane University Health Sciences Center, Advancement Communications at: Applications will be accepted until April 1, 2005.

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