Maureen L. Condic 

The 2019 St. Albert Award of the Society of Catholic Scientists was given to Maureen L. Condic in recognition of her contributions to scientific research and her defense of basic scientific and human values.  Maureen Condic is an Associate Professor of Neurobiology at the University of Utah, with an adjunct appointment in Pediatrics, and has taught Human Embryology in the Medical School for 20 years. She received her doctorate from the University of California, Berkeley. Her research focuses on the role of stem cells in development and regeneration and has been recognized by both the Basil O'Connor Award and the McKnight Award. She is currently a member of Pontifical Academy for Life, and in 2018 was appointed by the President of the United States to the National Science Board. Dr. Condic has recently co-authored a book with her brother Samuel, entitled “Human Embryos, Human Beings,” which explores the nature of the human embryo from a scientific and philosophical perspective. Her second book, “Untangling Twinning,” considers the biologic and philosophic issues raised by human twinning and is due to appear in the summer of 2019. She has a strong commitment to public education, and has presented over 250 seminars and interviews, both nationally and internationally, on bioethics and her own research.   Of especial note is Prof. Condic’s courageous public defense, on scientific and philosophical grounds, of the human status of human embryos.