The Missouri Coalition for Life Saving Cures
is hosting its first-ever "Hope Summit"
next weekend in downtown St. Louis.
The summit -- to be held Saturday, Jan. 23 -- is open to the public and will, according to the coalition, "build on Missouri's reputation as a leader in stem cell research and to
discuss the potential for cures for our sick and injured loved ones."
Keynote speaker for the event is journalist Chris Mooney
, author of the books "Unscientific America: How Scientific Illiteracy Threatens Our Future" and "The Republican War on Science."