Stanford Center for
Biomedical Ethics

Biomedical Ethics Brown Bags

Wednesday, October 22, 2014 12pm


Wednesday, November 19, 2014 1pm
Ben Paylor
PhD Candidate at The University of British Columbia
"Communicating stem cell research - the other type of translation"

Abstract:  "While biomedical discoveries have profound importance to our society, just as critical are the ways in which these medical advances are perceived and utilized by society. Thus, the importance of today’s scientists in helping provide cogent and accessible explanations of emerging scientific technologies, their impact, and their value cannot be overstated. Beyond the social benefits for such translation, there is also a wealth of professional value in engaging in communicative practices for researchers themselves. With a focus on its relation to the regenerative medicine community, recent changes in the ways in which science is being communicated will be explored, and increased academic engagement using tools such as social media advocated for."

Bio:  Ben Paylor completed a Bachelor of Medical Science at the University of Western Ontario, which included a 1-year research exchange to Umea in Northern Sweden. Following his Bachelors, he completed a 2-year Masters of Philosophy in Cardiovascular Biology and Medicine at Maastricht University in the Netherlands. He is currently a PhD candidate in the Experimental Medicine program under the supervision of Dr. Fabio Rossi at the University of British Columbia. His research focuses on understanding the role of tissue-resident mesenchymal progenitors in repair processes of the heart. Outside of science, Ben is an avid pianist and tennis player, as well as being very interested in the field of science communication and policy.  The writer and director of several award-winning science films, Ben is also the co-founder and director of InfoShots, a science-based animation studio that is currently producing the Stem Cell Network's StemCellShorts series. Ben is the Chair of the Trainee Communications Committee at the Stem Cell Network, sits on the National Advisory Committee of the high school outreach program StemCellTalks and is a 2012/13 Action Canada fellow.



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