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      • 10 October, 2019

    ISSCR Comments on Brazil’s Advanced Therapy Medicinal Products Regulation

    The ISSCR submitted comments to Brazil’s health regulatory agency (ANVISA) regarding the proposed regulations for advanced therapy medicinal products that urge national governments to “maintain rigorous review pathways to ensure that stem cell-based products conform to the highest standards of evidence-based medicine.”
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      • 8 October, 2019

    Lawrence Goldstein Policy Fellows Announced

    The ISSCR is pleased to announce the recipients of the inaugural Lawrence Goldstein Policy Fellowship, Mohamed Abou El-Enein, PhD (Charité Universitätsmedizin, Berlin, Germany) and Zubin Master, PhD (Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN, U.S.).
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      • 7 October, 2019

    ISSCR Policy Advocacy in Action

    Polices created by legislators and regulators can have a profound impact on stem cell and biomedical research and the development of new treatments. The ISSCR has been working on several fronts to advocate for responsible stem cell research and its application. Read more about the recent ISSCR-led fly in to Washington D.C. for discussions with government officials and our consultations with Google to prevent the marketing of unproven stem cell therapies.
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      • 6 September, 2019

    ISSCR Applauds Google’s New Policy Banning Ads on Unproven Therapies

    The International Society for Stem Cell Research (ISSCR) today released the following statement regarding Google’s new policy that bans advertisements from unproven stem cell clinics and other speculative medical interventions.
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      • 12 August, 2019

    The ISSCR Releases Informed Consent Standard for Stem Cell-based Interventions

    The International Society for Stem Cell Research (ISSCR) today released a professional standard of informed consent for stem cell-based interventions performed outside of formal clinical trials, such as the unapproved and unproven “treatments” offered by clinicians at direct-to-consumer clinics. The standard is meant to help ensure that patients are informed about the potential benefits and risks of stem cell-based medical interventions, and was developed with input from clinicians, ethicists, researchers, and regulators from around the world.
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      • 26 June, 2019

    The ISSCR Announces Establishment of Lawrence Goldstein Science Policy Fellowship

    The ISSCR honored longtime member Lawrence Goldstein for his years of science policy advocacy, and announced a new program in his name that will train ISSCR members to become stem cell policy advocates. The tribute and introduction of the Lawrence Goldstein Science Policy Fellowship program was part of the opening plenary session of the ISSCR annual meeting, 26-29 in Los Angeles, Calif., U.S.
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      • 13 June, 2019

    ISSCR Supports Amendment in U.S. Congress to Prevent Fetal Tissue Research Funding Restrictions

    The ISSCR and other medical, scientific, educational, and healthcare groups sent a letter to members of the U.S. Congress supporting an amendment that would prevent the implementation of a new policy to restrict and delay federal funding for fetal tissue research.
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      • 7 June, 2019

    ISSCR Applauds Landmark Court Ruling in Favor of FDA Regulating Stem Cell Therapies Offered by Florida Clinic

    The ISSCR commends the U.S. District Court ruling that confirms the FDA’s authority to regulate clinics marketing and selling unproven therapies as stem cell products. The clinic, U.S. Stem Cell, has injected cells derived from fat into the eyes of several patients, resulting in at least three being blinded.
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      • 5 June, 2019

    ISSCR Opposes Health and Human Services Policy Restricting Fetal Tissue Research

    The International Society for Stem Cell Research (ISSCR), the largest professional organization of stem cell researchers from around the world, opposes the new U.S. Health and Human Services policy to eliminate federal funding for fetal tissue research in the National Institutes of Health (NIH) intramural research program. This research has long been viewed as good public policy to improve human health and has proceeded with public support.
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      • 24 May, 2019

    ISSCR Comments on China's Proposed Regulations for Cell Therapies

    The ISSCR has submitted comments to China's National Medical Products Administration regarding China's draft regulations for the Management of Clinical Research and Transformation Applications for Somatic Cell Therapy.
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      • 20 May, 2019

    ISSCR Applauds Health Canada’s New Policy Statement re Autologous Cell Therapy Products

    The ISSCR welcomes the new policy guidance from Health Canada that clarifies the regulation of autologous cell products in Canada. The new policy guidance aligns Canada’s regulations with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s 2017 Regenerative Medicine Framework and the Australian Therapeutic Goods Administration’s 2018 Autologous human cell and tissue product regulations.
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      • 8 April, 2019

    Guidelines and Regulations Necessary as Stem Cell Field Advances

    With the rapid growth of the stem cell field and advances in regenerative medicine, it is critically important that researchers earn and retain the public trust. To that end we must operate under agreed-upon guidelines that ensure ethical activities, transparency, and sound science.
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      • 29 March, 2019

    ISSCR Comments on New Biomedical Technology Regulations in China

    In response to draft regulations in China on gene editing and other potentially risky biomedical technologies, the ISSCR has submitted comments to the the country's National Health Commission Medical and Medical Administration Bureau.
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      • 13 March, 2019

    ISSCR Applauds New Japanese Rules Allowing Human-to-Animal Chimeric Embryo Research

    The ISSCR supports research using human-animal chimeras conducted under appropriate review and oversight (ISSCR Guidelines Recommendation 2.1.5) and applauds the new Japanese rules enabling research on chimeric embryos.
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      • 22 February, 2019

    Advocating for Science and Research

    Scientists play a critical role in advocating for research that is advancing healthcare and biomedicine. In the February edition of Stem Cell Reports, several ISSCR researchers share their answers to the question 'Why is it important to you to support fetal tissue research?'
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