Welcome to the National Stem Cell Foundation of Australia’s bulletin on stem cell medicine and research in Australia.
The Australian and US governments are finally acting so that regulations to protect patients can catch up with the rapid proliferation of unethical clinics offering unproven stem cell treatments.
Australian patients are spending vast sums on unproven and ineffective therapies and patients have died as a result. In the US, one company was mixing stem cells with smallpox vaccine. Read on for details.
In contrast, established stem cell treatments, such as cord and bone marrow transplants, have been saving lives for years.
This month we also ask, ‘Should you store cord blood?’ More below.
Australia’s Chief Scientist Dr Alan Finkel has also published an explainer on the topic of gene editing. Read on for more information.
Who can you trust on Twitter? US stem cell scientist and author Paul Knoepfler has written a handy list of the top 50 stem cell influencers on Twitter to follow, which we’re delighted to share (particularly since we’ve been included).
Finally, we look forward to sharing the news of the winners of the 2017 Metcalf Prize for Stem Cell Research in the coming days.
Dr Graeme L Blackman AO
Chairman, National Stem Cell Foundation of Australia
Phys.org: Life-long blood production depends on hundreds of cells that form prior to birth
BioWorld: Zika virus kills glioblastoma stem cells in early research
The Australian: Newborn babes at heart of life-saving research
Financial Times: Stem cells: Japan’s scientific ‘moonshot’
The Guardian: Dr Con Man: the rise and fall of a celebrity scientist who fooled almost everyone
Space.com: Deep-space challenge: broken bones may heal best in Earth-like gravity
Reuters: 'Reprogrammed' stem cells fight Parkinson's disease in monkeys
Los Angeles Times: FDA cracks down on clinics selling unproven stem cell 'therapies'
New York Times: F.D.A. cracks down on ‘unscrupulous’ stem cell clinics
Tass Russian News Agency: International research team discovers new system of liver regeneration
Cosmos Magazine: Immune cells may prevent stem cell growth in spinal cord repair
Japan Times: Six arrested in connection with unauthorized cord blood treatments
Science Daily: Adult brains produce new cells in previously undiscovered area
New Scientist: Stem cell technique could reverse a major type of infertility
ABC: First embryo gene repair holds promise of wiping inherited diseases out of family's bloodline. Nature paper.
ABC: What you need to know about scientists fixing mutant genes
The National Stem Cell Foundation of Australia is an ATO-registered tax-deductible Health Promotion Charity dedicated to promoting the study and responsible use of stem cells to reduce the burden of disease.
The Foundation’s activities include:
We are working to build a community of people with a stake in stem cell science and to promote collaboration between scientists locally and internationally.
Please feel free to contact the Foundation’s Executive Officer Julia Mason via firstname.lastname@example.org
Promote the study and use of stem cells
Prevent or control diseases or illness
Enhance public education about stem cells