The ISSCR Announces New Global Advisory Council Chairpersons

  • 12 August, 2014

Dr. Susan Lim and Mr. Deepak Sharma to Lead Council’s Efforts to Garner Worldwide Support For Stem Cell Research

CHICAGO — The International Society for Stem Cell Research (ISSCR) is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Susan Lim and Mr. Deepak Sharma as chairpersons of its Global Advisory Council, which brings together academic, business, corporate, civic and philanthropic leaders interested in supporting the society in its mission to transform human health worldwide.

The Global Advisory Council was created in 2008 to provide strategic advice to the society on how best to promote stem cell research and clinical applications, and to raise money for the society through public, governmental and philanthropic channels. The council meets annually and in conjunction with the ISSCR Annual Meeting. Chairpersons serve four-year terms.

“The ISSCR is honored to have Dr. Susan Lim and Mr. Deepak Sharma as co-chairs of the Global Advisory Council,” ISSCR President Dr. Rudolf Jaenisch said. “The collaboration between ISSCR leadership and the council is critical in setting the agenda for stem cell research globally and for aligning the public and global entities behind our mission.”

“Dr. Lim has worked tirelessly to advance both research and clinical translation of stem cell science,” Dr. George Daley, former ISSCR president and current board member, said. “As a transplant surgeon, she knows well the challenges and unmet needs of regenerative medicine. We are incredibly fortunate that she and Mr. Sharma have agreed to chair the Global Advisory Council. Their international perspective builds upon the strong foundation set by past chairpersons Robert Klein and Hiromitsu Ogawa.”

“Deepak and I look forward to working with the executive leadership of the ISSCR to help outline strategic objectives and to create new initiatives that leverage available business expertise and financial resources for the advancement of stem cell science and regenerative medicine,” Dr. Lim said. “Together, we can bring previously unimagined treatments to patients around the globe.”

Dr. Lim, a surgeon, performed the first cadaveric liver transplant in Singapore and Asia in 1990. She holds a Ph.D. in transplant immunology from the University of Cambridge and is a visiting scholar at U.C. Berkeley. She is also a co-founder of Indiapore Trust, which helps educate underprivileged children in the area of information technology, and the Dr. Susan Lim Medical Scholarship, which helps students pursue a medical education at Trinity College, University of Melbourne, Australia. She has been a member of the ISSCR Global Advisory Council since 2009.

Mr. Sharma is ex-chairman of Citi Private Bank at Citigroup, co-founder of SD Ventures and Indiapore Trust and a board member of the Middle East Institute.

Dr. Lim and Mr. Sharma are married with five children and reside in Singapore.

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About the International Society for Stem Cell Research (
The International Society for Stem Cell Research is an independent, nonprofit membership organization established to promote and foster the exchange and dissemination of information and ideas relating to stem cells, to encourage the general field of research involving stem cells and to promote professional and public education in all areas of stem cell research and application.

Contact: Michelle Quivey, Senior Communications Manager
International Society for Stem Cell Research

Media interviews with Dr. Lim and Mr. Sharma are available upon request