The NSCFA’s mission is to promote stem cell science.
1. We support stem cell based research, whether that is into the underlying biology of stem cells, or targeted towards diseases, genetic conditions or the treatment of injuries. Our currently supported programs are shown below.
2. We support Australian stem cell researchers to travel and speak at conferences and scientific meetings, here and overseas.
3. We promote awareness of stem cell science and update the public regarding the progress of stem cell based treatments. We also provide information regarding how to assess whether a treatment are currently is safe and clinically proven.
Promoting public awareness about stem cell science
In response to the many enquiries it received from patients and their families produced the acclaimed Patient Handbook.
There has been a trend in recent years for patients with incurable diseases or suffering from untreatable injuries to travel to clinics offering stem cell based cures. Often it is their only hope as conventional medicine is unable to offer any more hope. Faced with chronic pain, low quality of life or even death and lured by marketing based strongly on patient testimony, families are convinced to pay vast sums of money for travel and treatment. Sadly in most cases the treatment offered has no scientific foundation and no proven impact on their illness and in some cases can make the conditions worse. If you have been considering a stem cell treatment in Australia or overseas, please consult this resource first.
VCE Biology resources for stem cell science
We are pleased to provide a curriculum resource to secondary students and teachers. This will answer many questions students will have on this topic. The Stem Cell Teaching Sequence for VCE Biology module is written by teaching professional and scientists about stem cells, treatments, and relevant ethical issues to stem cell science.
Centre for Eye Research Australia CERA
The NSCFA recently supported a two-year program of research with the Centre for Eye Research Australia (CERA). Our support was targeted at the Neuroregeneration Research Unit headed by Dr Alice Pébay and specifically at research on stem cells being undertaken their targeting stem cell treatments for two genetic diseases: Leber’s Hereditary Ocular Neuropathy (LHON); and Macular Degeneration.
CERA are aiming to generate induced pluripotent stem cell lines with material derived form sufferers of those two diseases. These lines can then be used initially to study the diseases and later to screen potential drugs for harmful side effects and ultimately for potential transplant material for sufferers with the long-term hope of reversing the condition.
Dr Pébay’s laboratory will use our support funding to the initial derivation of those lines. The foundation has signed an initial two-year support agreement with CERA with the potential for extension for a further two years.
Where we will not spend your money
The Foundation is committed to operating on as low a cost base as possible.
The Board of directors do not draw any remuneration and management activities are carried out at minimal cost. In addition many advisors are acting for the foundation on a pro-bono basis as part of their charitable contribution. This includes our audit, taxation, legal, and investment partners.
This enables us to channel as much of our income to stem cell science as possible.
The Foundation will also makes its annual accounts publicly available to donors on this website under Annual Reports.