Message from the President
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.Full story
- 13 June, 2019
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.Full story
- 13 June, 2019
Harvard University, U.S.
Advancing Progress in Stem Cells and Biomedicine: Year in Review
Over the course of my year as president of the ISSCR, significant advances in stem cell science and regenerative medicine have propelled the field forward, with several therapies moving closer to the clinic.
The society's role in actively supporting and nurturing the field has been front and center throughout the year, with efforts directed toward remaining at the forefront and anticipating opportunities and challenges ahead.
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The Genetic Modification of Humans has (Probably) Occurred - What Now?
Chinese scientist He Jiankui shocked the world in November 2018 when he reported the birth of twin girls born from genetically altered embryos, with another genetically-altered baby on the way. Although this report of genetic modification has not been, and may never be, independently confirmed due to privacy concerns, the birth of the so-called "CRISPR babies" named for the DNA-editing approach used to alter their genome during the IVF process, has had a seismic impact throughout the scientific community and beyond.
Stem Cells in the News
Media highlights in the field of stem cell research and its translation to the clinic.
6 June, Bloomberg Law
6 June, Science Alert
3 June, Medical Xpress
A sampling of recent stem cell research commentaries, articles, and resources.
On the cover: Each room in the image represents an editing platform for genomic aberrations found in hemophilia A patients; smaller and darker rooms represent the difficulties faced by correction strategies targeting each specific variant.
Featured Current Protocols in Stem Cell Biology Article
Isolation and Enrichment of Spermatogonial Stem Cells from Human Testis Tissues, Guo and Cairns (2019), Current Protocols in Stem Cell Biology, 49, e77. doi: 10.1002/cpsc.77.
Cell-based Therapy Restores Olfactory Function in an Inducible Model of Hyposmia, Kurtenbach, et al (2019), Stem Cell Reports Volume 12, Issue 6, p.1354-1365.
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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.
ISSCR and policy news from around the world.
7 June, The Washington Post
With 2020 in Mind, Trump Overruled Top Health Officials on Fetal Tissue
4 June, Nature
China Urged to Abandon Plan to Sell Unproven Cell Therapies
3 June, The New York Times
F.D.A. Can Act Against Stem Cell Clinic, Judge Rules
Learn about ISSCR colleagues in the stem cell field from around the world.
Esteban O Mazzoni, PhD
Zarate, Argentina/New York City, USA
New York City, NY, USA
Associate Professor, New York University