Use of Stem Cells to Treat Disease (CTE)


Students explore the background and informed consent materials for a clinical trial from a patient point of view, then do independent research to create an info-graphic for an existing stem cell clinical trial.


Using a simple scenario about a heart attack patient who is investigating the details of a potential clinical trial, students learn the importance of the Informed Consent form which will then serve as a bridge for their own research to create an info-graphic based on a current clinical trial involved with stem cell therapies.

The beginning scenario is based on content from the University of Rochester database: Use this link, ( and the downloaded resource below - Stem Cell lesson guidelines) to sign up with email and then explore Stem Cell resource ( as well as many other excellent lessons)

Lesson Times

Hook- Stem Cell Success
6 Minutes
Broken Heart Scenario
45 Minutes
Student research- computer lab
55 Minutes
Gallery walk: optional
20 Minutes

Industries / Subjects / Grades

Industries / Pathways
  • Health Science and Medical Technology Health Science and Medical Technology
    • Biotechnology
    • Patient Care
    • Public and Community Health
K-12 Subjects
  • Science
    • Life Sciences
Grade Levels
  • 11
  • 12

Standards and Objectives


Next Generation Science Standards (2)
California's 2013 CTE Standards (2)

Related Instructional Objectives (SWBAT...)

  • •Identify risks associated with the use of stem cells for treating diseases
  • •Identify potential applications for stem cell research

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