CHARLIE’S LAW: Increased Access to Stem Cell Interventions in Texas

Wednesday, October 4, 2017 | 8:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. Add to Calendar

The Baker Institute Center for Health and Biosciences will lead a panel discussion at the Texas Heart Institute on Texas H.B. 810, or “Charlie’s Law,” which was passed in the 85th Texas Legislative Session. This new legislation expands the right-to-try laws in Texas, allowing patients with chronic and terminal illnesses access to experimental stem cell interventions. The panel will discuss the scope and impact of Charlie’s Law on research and health care, and how best to protect patients moving forward.

This event is part of a series launched in 2016 dedicated to educating the public on the important intersection of science, medicine and policy in stem cell research at the state and national levels. The inaugural event, “Stem Cell Tourism Near and Far: Achieving a Compromise for the Patient,” was held at the Baker Institute and focused on unproven stem cell interventions and the associated risks, as well as clinical research.

Funding for this program was generously provided by a grant from the Hamman Foundation and the Baker Institute’s State of Qatar Endowment for Stem Cell Policy.

Join the conversation online with #BakerStemCell.


James T. Willerson, M.D.
President Emeritus, Texas Heart Institute


The Honorable Paul Bettencourt
Texas State Senator, District 7

The Honorable Garnet Coleman
Texas State Representative, District 147

The Honorable Tan Parker
Texas State Representative, District 63

Doris A. Taylor, Ph.D.
Director, Regenerative Medicine Research, Texas Heart® Institute


Kirstin R.W. Matthews, Ph.D.
Fellow in Science and Technology Policy, Baker Institute

For more information and registration, visit:


James A. Baker III Hall, Doré Commons

Rice University
6100 Main Street
Houston, TX 77005


Kirstin Matthews PhD

(713) 348-4784