Call to Write Blog Posts for the Science-Interested Public

  • 16 April, 2020
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Through the ISSCR's public education initiative, A Closer Look at Stem Cells, we provide unbiased, scientifically vetted resources to share with educators, friends and family, and patients. Our website introduces stem cell basics, explains how stem cell research can lead to treatments and the current status of these treatments, and provides many patient resources.

We are looking for scientists to contribute to our blog to communicate with the public about important and relevant stem cell research and therapies. Volunteering to write a blog is a great way to talk about the science and research you've been involved with, share your passions with new audiences, and grow your professional skills and add to your CV during this time.

Our blog posts:

Our blogs are 500-800 words, focused on a specific message related to stem cell science, and written for a lay audience. We ask writers to broadly introduce a topic, explain the significance, and clarify the thesis of their narrative. The piece should explain the current state of the problem/field/study, how it is being addressed, and the goals of these actions. Authors should then describe the relevant important advances, discuss the future of the issue, and indicate how close we are to human health application. Examples can be found in our previous blog articles such as Enlisting Stem Cells in the War on Heart Disease and The Genetic Modification of Humans has (Probably) Occurred – What Now?.

If you are interested in being considered as a volunteer blog contributor and have a topic for a lay audience please submit:

  • At least one writing sample for a nonscientist audience;
  • Your CV;
  • A short synopsis of one or more potential topics for a blog post -- include your overall message, why the public should know about this subject, and a few of the scientists or studies that you would use as sources.

Example topics:

  • Topical issues -- how stem cells are being used to study the coronavirus or COVID-19 treatments.
  • Therapeutic advances -- the current state of a specific stem cell therapy for disease treatment.
  • Scientific advances -- explaining why a recent scientific advance is important and how it might impact human health.
  • Ethical issues -- the state and future of germline editing in the human embryo.
  • New technology -- what are organoids, what are the concerns, and how they may impact research and therapeutics.

Please submit these materials to Scientific Communications and Education Manager, Julie Perlin, jperlin@isscr.org by 1 June, 2020. The scientific communications staff will evaluate the submissions and follow up with individuals about their proposed topics.