National experts coming to HHI to present new adult stem cell research findings

Two experts in the field of stem cell research will give a presentation titled “Adult Stem Cells: Medicine of the Future”on Oct. 5 at Sonesta Resort Hilton Head Island in Shipyard Plantation.

Dr Keith MarchPresenters Keith March and Anthony Atala will discuss stem cell research and recent advances that promise to bring a better quality of life to many patients. March is the director of the Indiana Center for Vascular Biology and Medicine and the VA Center for Regenerative Medicine, both at Indiana University Medical Center. He is a nationally and internationally recognized doctor who presents at scientific meetings worldwide. His research focuses on discovery and development of adult stem cell-derived therapies to treat acute and chronic diseases including COPD, heart failure, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease and ALS.

March has also served as the reviewer for numerous editorial boards and has 20 patents to his credit. In addition to his research, he has written dozens of manuscripts, text chapters and books. He is a professor in the departments of medicine, cellular and integrated physiology as well as biomedical engineering at the Indiana University School of Medicine.

Dr Anthony AtalaDr. Atala’s research focuses on using cells for various human therapies, including the creation of tissues and organs. He is the director of the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine, as well as the W. Boyce professor and chairman of urology at Wake Forest University in North Carolina. He is a practicing surgeon and a researcher in the field of regenerative medicine.

His work has been listed twice in Time magazine’s Top 10 Breakthroughs of the Year. He has edited 12 books, published more than 400 journal articles, and has applied for or received more than 200 national and international patents.

Friends of the Children of Hilton Head is a 501(c) (3) charitable organization. Host committee for the event includes Sam Boyd, Sally Cardamone, Charlie Clark, Adelaide Corkern, Hilary Drammis, Elizabeth Hancock, Susan Ochsner, Terri Rice and Kelly Ruhlin. For more information, contact Hancock at 843-301-9090 or


What: “Adult Stem Cells: Medicine of the Future”
: Sonesta Resort
When: Oct. 5. Hors d’oeuvres and open bar start at 5:30 p.m. Lecture followed by a question and answer period from 6:30-8 p.m.
Cost: $75. Make checks payable to The Friends of the Children of Hilton Head and mail to 37 Spanish Pointe Drive, Hilton Head Island, SC 29926.