Stem Cell Research: Terra Incognita

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Terra Incognita is a feature length documentary film and companion civic engagement campaign featuring the story of Dr. Jack Kessler, the current chair of Northwestern University's Department of Neurology and Clinical Neurological Sciences, and his daughter, Allison, an undergraduate student at Harvard University. When Kessler was invited to head up the Neurology Department at Northwestern, his focus was on using stem cells to help cure diabetes. However, soon after his move to Chicago, Allison -- then age 15, was injured in a skiing accident and paralyzed from the waist down. In the moments following the accident, Dr. Kessler made the decision to change the focus of his research to begin looking for a cure for spinal cord injuries using embryonic stem cells. Through Kessler's story, we bring the stem cell debate to the public for discussion.

  • Mapping Stem Cell Research: Terra Incognita
  • Movie ID 220693
  • Status Released
  • Released United States of America October 1, 2007 (Chicago International Film Festival)
  • Content Rating United States of America PG
  • Runtime 100 minutes
  • Genres Documentary
  • Directors Maria Finitzo
  • Writers Maria Finitzo Eric Martin Lois Vossen
  • Original Country United States of America
  • Original Language English
  • Production Company Kartemquin Films
  • On Other Sites IMDB
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  • Created July 21, 2021
  • Modified July 21, 2021

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