Message from the President
In written and oral testimony before the U.S. House of Representatives Oversight and Government Reform Committee today, former ISSCR president Sally Temple describes fetal tissue research as essential in studying and developing therapies for cancer, HIV, Zika, tuberculous, and other devastating diseases.Full story
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- 26 November, 2018
ISSCR Comments on Reports of Chinese Scientists Performing Genome-Editing During Fertility TreatmentReports indicate that scientists in China have used CRISPR-mediated genome editing during in vitro fertilization to modify the genetic material of two embryos that were subsequently implanted into a patient, leading to the birth of two babies. As ISSCR and a number of other organizations have previously stated, the use of nuclear genome editing technologies, such as CRISPR, during fertility treatment is premature and should not be attempted at this time.Full story
Harvard University, U.S.
2018 ISSCR Year in Review
Stem cell science and regenerative medicine has made great progress in 2018, with significant clinical trials underway in several research areas, and advances in understanding that are illuminating new research pathways.
The role of the ISSCR in supporting the research and its responsible translation to the clinic has never been more important. I want to highlight for you some of ISSCR’s work throughout the year that I believe helps advance science, gives voice to our members, and sustains this ever-evolving field..
stem cell researchTake a closer look
Scientists Discover Bone-a fide Human Skeletal Stem Cell
If you’ve ever broken a bone, you are not alone. Statistics show that, over a lifetime, the average person experiences 2 bone fractures. For those with osteoporosis, that figure escalates, on average, to one bone fracture every 3 seconds, or nearly nine million fractures a year.
Recently, scientists have discovered a new cell type, human skeletal stem cells, that are providing insights into human skeletal development.
Stem Cells in the News
Media highlights in the field of stem cell research and its translation to the clinic.
4 December, Phys.org
29 November, Medical Xpress
28 November, ScienceDaily
A sampling of recent stem cell research commentaries, articles, and resources.
Featured Current Protocols in Stem Cell Biology Article
Highly Efficient CRISPR-Cas9-Mediated Genome Editing in Human Pluripotent Stem Cells, Maguire, et al (2018).Current Prot. Stem Cell Biology, e64. doi: 10.1002/cpsc.64.
T-type Calcium Channels Determine the Vulnerability of Dopaminergic Neurons to Mitochondrial Stress in Familial Parkinson Disease, Tabata, et al (2018), Stem Cell Reports.
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Other Stem Cell Events
Opportunities for researchers from around the world to explore the latest discoveries in stem cell science and regenerative medicine.
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ISSCR and policy news from around the world.
13 December, Science
NIH Says Cancer Study Also Hit by Fetal Tissue Ban
10 December, Japan Times
China Gene-Editing Scientist's Project Rejected for WHO Database
4 December, The Irish Times
Italy's Vaccine-sceptic Party Sacks Board of Health Experts
Learn about ISSCR colleagues in the stem cell field from around the world.
Michael Laflamme, MD, PhD
I was a military brat, so don’t really have a hometown, but I often claim Niceville, Florida, USA, where I went to high school.
Toronto, ON, Canada
MD, PhD (Emory University, Atlanta, GA, USA)
Robert McEwen Chair in Cardiac Regenerative Medicine, Senior Scientist, University Health Network