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    • 12 August, 2019

    The ISSCR Releases Informed Consent Standard for Stem Cell-based Interventions

    The International Society for Stem Cell Research (ISSCR) today released a professional standard of informed consent for stem cell-based interventions performed outside of formal clinical trials, such as the unapproved and unproven “treatments” offered by clinicians at direct-to-consumer clinics. The standard is meant to help ensure that patients are informed about the potential benefits and risks of stem cell-based medical interventions, and was developed with input from clinicians, ethicists, researchers, and regulators from around the world.
    • 9 August, 2019

    Inspiration From the ISSCR 2019 Annual Meeting: Making Meaningful Impacts in 2019 & 2020

    As stem cell researchers, we are in a unique position to make real and meaningful impacts in the world. During my time as ISSCR President my goal, beyond serving ISSCR’s role as the main convener of stem cell science, is to strengthen the society’s voice and influence by expanding on our global policy initiatives and helping foster industry-academic partnerships to accelerate the safe and effective clinical translation of stem cell research.
    • 23 July, 2019

    ISSCR 2019 Annual Meeting Wrap-up (with photos!)

    Nearly 4,000 scientists, physicians, and stem cell professionals from across the globe gathered at the ISSCR 2019 Annual Meeting in Los Angeles, CA, a vibrant city with world-class stem cell research, to share their discoveries, enhance their careers, and inspire their science.
    • 22 July, 2019

    What I like most about the ISSCR Annual Meeting

    We asked Naomi Koh Belic, a PhD candidate from the University of Technology Sydney, for her perspective as a trainee attending the ISSCR Annual Meeting for the third year. Naomi shares some highlights and tips from ISSCR2019 in Los Angeles.
    • 30 June, 2019

    Deepak Srivastava Becomes President of the ISSCR

    The ISSCR is pleased to announce Deepak Srivastava, MD, Gladstone Institutes, as the incoming president of the ISSCR and its board of directors. Srivastava assumed the post immediately following the 17th ISSCR Annual Meeting in Los Angeles, 26-29 June, 2019.
    • 26 June, 2019

    The ISSCR Announces Establishment of Lawrence Goldstein Science Policy Fellowship

    The ISSCR honored longtime member Lawrence Goldstein for his years of science policy advocacy, and announced a new program in his name that will train ISSCR members to become stem cell policy advocates. The tribute and introduction of the Lawrence Goldstein Science Policy Fellowship program was part of the opening plenary session of the ISSCR annual meeting, 26-29 in Los Angeles, Calif., U.S.
    • 13 June, 2019

    Leading Stem Cell Scientists Present Groundbreaking Research at Annual Meeting

    The International Society for Stem Cell Research annual meeting, 26-29 June at the Los Angeles Convention Center, will bring together more than 3,500 scientists, bioethicists, clinicians, industry professionals, and others from over 50 countries to share the latest developments in stem cell science and regenerative medicine.
    • 13 June, 2019

    ISSCR Supports Amendment in U.S. Congress to Prevent Fetal Tissue Research Funding Restrictions

    The ISSCR and other medical, scientific, educational, and healthcare groups sent a letter to members of the U.S. Congress supporting an amendment that would prevent the implementation of a new policy to restrict and delay federal funding for fetal tissue research.
    • 7 June, 2019

    ISSCR Applauds Landmark Court Ruling in Favor of FDA Regulating Stem Cell Therapies Offered by Florida Clinic

    The ISSCR commends the U.S. District Court ruling that confirms the FDA’s authority to regulate clinics marketing and selling unproven therapies as stem cell products. The clinic, U.S. Stem Cell, has injected cells derived from fat into the eyes of several patients, resulting in at least three being blinded.
    • 5 June, 2019

    ISSCR Opposes Health and Human Services Policy Restricting Fetal Tissue Research

    The International Society for Stem Cell Research (ISSCR), the largest professional organization of stem cell researchers from around the world, opposes the new U.S. Health and Human Services policy to eliminate federal funding for fetal tissue research in the National Institutes of Health (NIH) intramural research program. This research has long been viewed as good public policy to improve human health and has proceeded with public support.
    • 24 May, 2019

    ISSCR Comments on China's Proposed Regulations for Cell Therapies

    The ISSCR has submitted comments to China's National Medical Products Administration regarding China's draft regulations for the Management of Clinical Research and Transformation Applications for Somatic Cell Therapy.
    • 24 May, 2019

    How to Prepare for ISSCR 2019: Tips from Your Graduate Student Colleagues

    The annual meeting can be overwhelming, with new scientific discoveries to learn about and colleagues to meet. We asked two trainee members, Kimberley Babos and Louise Menendez, for their thoughts about how they plan ahead to ensure they make the most out of their time at the meeting.
    • 20 May, 2019

    ISSCR Applauds Health Canada’s New Policy Statement re Autologous Cell Therapy Products

    The ISSCR welcomes the new policy guidance from Health Canada that clarifies the regulation of autologous cell products in Canada. The new policy guidance aligns Canada’s regulations with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s 2017 Regenerative Medicine Framework and the Australian Therapeutic Goods Administration’s 2018 Autologous human cell and tissue product regulations.
    • 13 May, 2019

    The Important Role of Patients

    A wide variety of motivations propel us to pursue science careers at the bench or in industry. Often as young adults we’re driven by curiosity and the desire to understand why things work the way they do. One key motivator for many of us is the potential to have a real impact on the lives of patients and their families.
    • 10 May, 2019

    ISSCR Commends U.S. House of Representatives Committee for Approval of NIH Funding Bill

    The Appropriations Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives has approved a $2 billion increase for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and defeated an amendment that would have prohibited federal funding for fetal tissue research.
    • 2 May, 2019

    Stem Cell Therapies and Regenerative Medicine Moving Toward the Clinic

    Stem cell research is leading to potential new therapies to treat disease, with several applications in clinical trials or expected to enter trials in the coming months. These new discoveries are transforming how we think of medicine and will be key to discussions at the International Society for Stem Cell Research annual meeting, 26-29 June at the Los Angeles Convention Center.
    • 8 April, 2019

    Guidelines and Regulations Necessary as Stem Cell Field Advances

    With the rapid growth of the stem cell field and advances in regenerative medicine, it is critically important that researchers earn and retain the public trust. To that end we must operate under agreed-upon guidelines that ensure ethical activities, transparency, and sound science.
    • 29 March, 2019

    ISSCR Comments on New Biomedical Technology Regulations in China

    In response to draft regulations in China on gene editing and other potentially risky biomedical technologies, the ISSCR has submitted comments to the the country's National Health Commission Medical and Medical Administration Bureau.
    • 13 March, 2019

    ISSCR Applauds New Japanese Rules Allowing Human-to-Animal Chimeric Embryo Research

    The ISSCR supports research using human-animal chimeras conducted under appropriate review and oversight (ISSCR Guidelines Recommendation 2.1.5) and applauds the new Japanese rules enabling research on chimeric embryos.
    • 11 March, 2019

    ISSCR 2019 Election Results

    ISSCR has elected its next leadership slate, with leaders beginning their terms after the 2019 annual meeting. On behalf of all members, we extend congratulations to newly-elected officers Melissa Little, vice president; and Kenneth Zaret, treasurer, and re-appointed board members Marianne Bronner, Valentina Greco, and Arnold Kriegstein.