Public Service Award

The ISSCR Public Service Award is given in recognition of outstanding contributions of public service to the fields of stem cell research and regenerative medicine.

Current Winner

  • 2018 Winner

    Megan Munsie, PhD

    The ISSCR 2018 Public Service Award will be presented to Megan Munsie, PhD, Head of Education, Ethics, Law & Community Awareness Unit, Stem Cells Australia, The University of Melbourne, Australia. Dr. Munsie is a stem cell scientist who has made a significant contribution for many years in outreach to the public and advocacy to policy makers around issues associated with stem cell science and its translation to the clinic. The award will be presented in Plenary II on Wednesday 20 June, 16:00-18:00.

Past Winners

  • 2017 Winner

    George Q. Daley, MD, PhD

    The 2017 ISSCR Public Service Award was presented to George Q. Daley, MD, PhD, Dean, Harvard Medical School, and Professor, Stem Cell Transplantation Program, Boston Children's Hospital & Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, U.S. An outstanding physician-scientist and leading public advocate for the responsible ethical oversight of human stem cell research, Dr. Daley has long been involved in promoting and upholding rigorous standards for the field. He initiated and played key roles in the formulation of three sets of ISSCR guidelines, for the Conduct of Human Embryonic Stem Cell Research (2006), the Clinical Translation of Stem Cells (2008), and Stem Cell Research and Clinical Translation (2016), which are in use around the world. 
  • 2015 Winner

    Alan Trounson, PhD

    The 2015 ISSCR Public Service Award was presented to Alan Trounson, PhDMIMR-PHI Institute of Medical Research, in recognition of his service as a visible and effective spokesperson for the field on an international level. Dr. Trounson is renowned for his pioneering work in in-vitro fertilization and other reproductive technologies, and was an early researcher and advocate for the use of human embryonic stem cells in medical research.
  • 2014 Co-Winner

    Paolo Bianco, MD

    The 2014 ISSCR Public Service Award was presented to the late Paolo Bianco, MD, Sapienza University of Rome, along with Elena Cattaneo, PhD, University of Milan, and Michele De Luca, MD, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, in recognition of their involvement in public debate and policy-making in Italy and their championing of rigorous scientific and medical standards and stringent regulatory oversight in the introduction of new stem cell treatments into the clinic.
  • 2014 Co-Winner

    Elena Cattaneo, PhD

    The 2014 ISSCR Public Service Award was presented to Elena Cattaneo, PhD, University of Milan, along with the late Paolo Bianco, MD, Sapienza University of Rome, and Michele De Luca, MD, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, in recognition of their involvement in public debate and policy-making in Italy and their championing of rigorous scientific and medical standards and stringent regulatory oversight in the introduction of new stem cell treatments into the clinic.
  • 2014 Co-Winner

    Michele De Luca, MD

    The 2014 ISSCR Public Service Award was presented to Michele De Luca, MD, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, along with the late Paolo Bianco, MD, Sapienza University of Rome, and Elena Cattaneo, PhD, University of Milan, in recognition of their involvement in public debate and policy-making in Italy and their championing of rigorous scientific and medical standards and stringent regulatory oversight in the introduction of new stem cell treatments into the clinic.
  • 2013 Winners

    Hiromitsu Ogawa and Betty Jean Crouch Ogawa

    The 2013 ISSCR Public Service Award was presented to the late Hiromitsu Ogawa and Betty Jean Crouch Ogawa in recognition of their extraordinary support of stem cell research in Japan and the US, including Nobel Prize winner Shinya Yamanaka and The Gladstone Institute and their work with the ISSCR Global Advisory Council. Through their involvement, the Ogawas demonstrated a strong commitment to building and fostering international connections between science, business and industry.
  • 2012 Winners

    Rob and Cheryl McEwen

    The 2012 ISSCR Public Service Award ,was presented to Rob and Cheryl McEwen in recognition of their extraordinary support and advocacy for stem cell research and innovation. The award was presented to them at the ISSCR 10th Annual Meeting in June 2012, in Yokohama, Japan.
  • 2011 Winner

    Robert Klein

    The recipient of the 2011 inaugural ISSCR Public Service Award was Robert Klein, former Chairman of the Governing Board of the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM), for his outstanding contribution of public service to the field of stem cell research and regenerative medicine.