Welcome to the National Stem Cell Foundation of Australia’s bulletin on stem cell medicine and research in Australia.
Stem cell science is progressing rapidly. Scientific meetings, workshops and conferences provide the opportunity for scientists, clinicians, and the biotech industry to keep abreast of the latest research and clinical trials, and to hear directly from the scientists at the forefront of the field.
The Foundation is supporting two scientific meetings in Sydney in the next few weeks. The first focuses on the potential of stem cell science for treating damaged hearts. The second explores the potential of regenerative medicine for brain and spinal cord injuries, and includes a public forum. Read on for details.
ABC 7.30’s recent alarming investigation of a stem cell treatment salesman and other media stories continue to highlight the predatory marketing and use of unproven treatments. The Foundation, among others, is calling for better regulation. We have contributed to the government review of current stem cell treatment regulations. Read on for an update on the review and our submission to it.
Finally, I’m delighted to see so many Australian stem cell researchers recognised at the recent Australian Museum Eureka Prizes. Among the award recipients were 2015 Metcalf Prize winner Christine Wells, who is part of a winning international collaboration, and mini-kidney pioneer Melissa Little, who has been a great support for the Metcalf Prizes as a member of our first judging panel. More on the Prizes below.
Dr Graeme L Blackman OAM
Chairman, National Stem Cell Foundation of Australia
Promote the study and use of stem cells
Prevent or control diseases or illness
Enhance public education about stem cells