Stem Cell Scientists Worldwide Respond to ISSCR Survey During COVID-19 Pandemic

  • 6 May, 2020
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ISSCR conducted a survey of global stem cell scientists in April to better understand the needs of its members and to develop ways to provide support and help them connect and support each other. View results.

The realities facing the scientific research community and the disruption to important research projects are one challenge among myriad concerns and the growing fallout from the global pandemic, which has immobilized the globe and led to widespread infection and mortality that has shattered families and communities.

The survey revealed that nearly a quarter of survey respondents indicated their stem cell lab has pivoted work to COVID-19-related research including developing virus detection assays, vaccines, and immunotherapies, and using disease modeling and drug screening to study virus infection that could lead to swifter and more effective ways to address the pandemic.

The survey also revealed 70 percent of respondents reported that their labs have completely shut down fundamental and clinical research.

The survey, developed by the ISSCR, was conducted April 6-15, 2020, and received 762 responses from individuals in 52 countries.

View the survey results. You may also connect to resources on COVID-19 Resources for the Stem Cell Community, a webpage ISSCR created to share information, professional development, and remote teaching courses, as well as an outlet to share how the field is coping during this trying time.