About the ISSCR
The International Society for Stem Cell Research (ISSCR) is an independent, nonprofit organization established to promote and foster the exchange and dissemination of information and ideas relating to stem cells, to encourage the general field of research involving stem cells and to promote professional and public education in all areas of stem cell research and application.
History and Philosophy
With more than 4,100 members from over 60 countries, the ISSCR is the
preeminent transnational, cross-disciplinary science-based organization dedicated
to stem cell research.
Formed in 2002, the Society promotes global collaboration among the world’s most
talented and committed stem cell scientists and physicians, and plays a catalyzing role in
the development of effective new medical treatments. In this series of video clips, ISSCR founder Leonard Zon describes how the organization began and its growth leading up to the 15th anniversary in 2017.
Core strengths of the ISSCR
include its scientific integrity and excellence, and its outstanding membership comprised of research leaders worldwide.
George Q. Daley, MD, PhD
Boston Children’s Hospital, Massachusetts
ISSCR Clerk and Past President
The Society brings together investigators who are engaged in both fundamental
and applied research. Their investigations include the use of pluripotent stem cells
and stem cells within adult organs and tissues to create applications in specific
The ISSCR represents academia and industry on a broad range of issues that affect
the well-being of patients and their families, and strives to educate the public and
government regulators on the basic principles of stem cell science and the realistic
potential for new medical treatments and cures.
The leadership of the ISSCR is acutely aware of the responsibility the Society bears
to promote the highest scientific and ethical standards, and is dedicated to integrity
in the rigor and quality of the research community’s scientific work, the public policy
stands it takes on stem cell related issues, and the organization’s relations with its key
constituents and the public. Only such an abiding commitment to integrity can ensure
that as the ISSCR grows, it will continue to be seen as a fair and trusted advocate by
both its internal and external stakeholders.
The ISSCR will continue to be in the forefront of education, research and outreach
as its international members drive forward to harness the power of stem cells to
transform human health worldwide.