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BALTIMORE ’09: Maryland to host World Stem Cell Research Summit

Maryland will host the 2009 World Stem Cell Summit next September in Baltimore, Gov. Martin O’Malley announced Wednesday at the state’s first stem cell research symposium.

The three-day summit, which will be held at the Baltimore Convention Center, is expected to bring in 1,500 stem cell researchers, business leaders and policymakers from across the globe to discuss the future of the field.

“I’m very, very grateful to all of those who made the decision to come to Maryland,” said O’Malley, speaking at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory. “It follows a great deal of recognition that we’ve been receiving over the efforts that we’ve made together.”

Summit attendees are expected to discuss stem cell policy issues, including how to legally transport stem cells across state lines, said Bernard Siegel, executive director of the Florida-based Genetics Policy Institute, which is organizing the event.

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