The ISSCR has named Eric Anthony to be its new Director of Policy. Anthony served more than eight years as staff in the U.S. Congress, most recently as legislative director for Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro of Connecticut. He will join the Society in early January 2018.Full story
- 11 December, 2017
The ISSCR annual meeting is the world’s largest gathering of stem cell scientists, and in 2018 the meeting will be held in Melbourne, AU, 20-23 June, at the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre. The meeting brings together some 3500 stem cell researchers and clinicians from around the world to share the latest developments in stem cell research and regenerative medicine.Full story
- 6 December, 2017
Message from the President
Hubrecht Institute, the Netherlands
The ISSCR celebrated its 15th year as a global voice for stem cell research, and our efforts and activities in 2017 reflect the key role the society plays in advancing the field.
Over the past year the Society actively advocated on behalf of members in the policy and regulatory arenas, provided resources for the public through our website, A Closer Look at Stem Cells, and continued to provide a global forum for scientists to gather and share their research at our annual meeting in Boston and in two international symposia, in Basel, Switzerland, and Guangzhou, China.
stem cell researchTake a closer look
Regulators, Legislators Taking Action on Unproven Stem Cell "Treatments"
The scientific and clinical communities have long been troubled by clinics operating around the world that market unproven stem cell "treatments" directly to patients..
It is particularly distressing that people often go to these clinics for relief or a cure for an intractable disease or injury, and can end up paying thousands of dollars for products that are not approved for use as advertised, have not been scientifically tested to know if they work, and can put their health in jeopardy.
Stem Cells in the News
Media highlights in the field of stem cell research and its translation to the clinic.
7 December, Science Daily
6 December, Medical Press
4 December, Science Daily
29 November, Medical News Today
A sampling of recent stem cell research commentaries, articles, and resources.
Featured Current Protocols in Stem Cell Biology Article
Rapid Screening of the Endodermal Differentiation Potential of Human Pluripotent Stem Cells. Stiller, R and Sullivan, G.J. (2017). Curr. Protoc. Stem Cell Biol. 42, 4A.12.1-4A.12.14 doi: 10.1002/cpsc.30
Structural and Spatial Chromatin Features at Developmental Gene Loci in Human Pluripotent Stem Cells, Ikeda, H., Sone, M., Yamanaka, S., and Yamamoto, T. (2017), Nat. Commun. 8, 1616.
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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.
5 December, Times of India
Doctors Misusing Stem Cells for Therapy Will be Punished, Warns IMA
2 December, Sun Sentinel (FL)
Florida a Destination for Desperate Patients Buying Unproven Stem Cell Treatments
17 November, Los Angeles Times
The FDA Closes a Huge Loophole Used by Bogus Stem-cell Clinics, but Delays Serious Enforcement for 3 Years
7 November, World University Rankings
Scientists Fear That EU Could Again Block Stem Cell Patents
Learn about ISSCR colleagues in the stem cell field from around the world.
Andrea Ditadi, PhD
What is the current focus of your research, and what do you find most rewarding about your work?
The focus of my lab is to understand how we generate blood. For this we use both mouse embryos and pluripotent stem cells, since the final goal is to be able to produce blood products to be used both for regenerative medicine and disease modelling purposes.
The stunning thing that always amazes me is the logic applied by all biological processes, and it is very rewarding to get to finally understand some of them. And I always end up saying “that makes sense”.
What led you to become a scientist and to stem cell research?
Frankly, I literally hated studying natural sciences until I met a terrific teacher toward the end of high school. She really got me to love molecular and cell biology. I owe her a lot for being a scientist now. Then, during my first year of PhD I had the chance of attending a Keystone Meeting on Stem Cells. Those were my first days in the Developmental Biology field and I heard Gordon Keller speaking about the way he was using pluripotent stem cells to model development. That totally blew me away and I knew within seconds that I wanted to become a stem cell scientist.
How do you spend your free time?
I have just started my own group so I spend a lot of time in the lab. Then for the rest I am totally kidnapped by my two kids, Inés and Gabriel. There is not much time for the rest, which is usually a good book, a good beer or a good glass of wine and a nice meal. You can always count on me for eating and drinking. It is usually accompanied by some good music or the sound of radio.
What is something your peers would be surprised to learn about you?
A lot of people know that I am fond of rugby (quite strange for an Italian) and singing (not that strange for an Italian). But not many know that I toured in northern Italy with a group of friends with which we mounted a totally home-made version of the musical Jesus Christ Superstar and that a few years later I also sang in a rock band in Paris called “the Ritals.”
What do you most value about your membership with the ISSCR?
The ISSCR annual meeting it is a great place for networking. It is the place to be to understand where the field is moving. Beside the science side, I think ISSCR does a really great job in discussing policy, a topic too often underrated and I really praise ISSCR work in public outreach. I am proud to serve for the Junior Investigator Committee and of the work we are doing opening the discussion on the topics that matter for junior scientists. Nothing is perfect but we’re doing our best to help the voice of the next generation of stem cell researchers be heard.
The big plus for me is that the annual meeting is where I have fun reuniting with friends and ex-colleagues.