Message from the President
Hubrecht Institute, the Netherlands
Scientific progress requires that legislators and regulators around the world recognize and appreciate the value of research and actively support pro-science policies. The ISSCR, through its policy program, champions the advancement of stem cell research and its translation to medicine. On behalf of our members, we:
* develop research guidelines and advocate for their adoption by governments around the world as they promulgate new regulations;
* advocate broadly for increased research funding;
* liaise with policy makers to ensure sound scientific reasoning underlies decisions regarding stem cell research and its translation to the clinic;
* educate patients and the public about stem cells through the A Closer Look at Stem Cells website.
stem cell researchTake a closer look
Stem Cells as Anti-Cancer Vaccines?
Vaccines are routinely used to increase immunity against a variety of infectious diseases, such as influenza, measles, and chicken pox, to name a few. Rather than vaccinating against viral infectious diseases, however, imagine a vaccine that could prevent cancer.
Researchers have long been interested in developing a vaccine that can help the body’s immune system and fight abnormal, cancerous cells.
Stem Cells in the News
Media highlights in the field of stem cell research and its translation to the clinic.
16 May, Nature
14 May, Newsday
30 April, CBS News
23 April, The Jerusalem Post
A sampling of recent stem cell research commentaries, articles, and resources.
On the cover: An artistic illustration of humans scuba diving, analogous to a report on hematopoietic progenitor cells enabling directed navigation in vitro and enhancing survival after transplantation in the bone marrow in vivo.
Featured Current Protocols in Stem Cell Biology Article
Stem Cell–Derived Retinal Pigment Epithelial Layer Model from Adult Human Globes Donated for Corneal Transplants Marie, F., Brian, M., Lauren, S. and A., B. T. (2018).Current Prot. Stem Cell Biology, 0, E53.
Self-organization and progenitor targeting generate stable patterns in planarian regeneration. Atabay, K. D., LoCascio, S. A., de Hoog, T., and Reddien, P. W. (2018), Science, 360, 404-409.
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ISSCR and policy news from around the world.
16 May, The Mainichi (Japan)
Ministry Task Force Conditionally OKs First Clinical Study on iPS Cell Heart Treatment
29 April, The Economic Times (India)
Government to demarcate 'stem cell therapy' from 'stem cell drug'
Learn about ISSCR colleagues in the stem cell field from around the world.