Fortunately several highly respected resources are available via the internet to help you.
Several booklets can be downloaded to be read later or printed. If you cannot download a document or do not have access to a printer please send us an email: [email protected]. Please note we do not provide advice on stem cell treatments, clinics, or any medical advice whatsoever.
- The National Stem Cell Foundation of Australia and Stem Cells Australia have produced a brochure to help you: The Australian Stem Cell Handbook. The Handbook aims to help patients critically analyse stem cell treatments before considering taking part in them. As with all medical treatments, there are risks involved. This Handbook does not seek to advise or evaluate the treatments, or an individual’s reasons for travelling for treatment. Instead it aims to provide the patient with as much information as possible prior to considering any therapy. This Handbook summarises the pros and cons of medical travel, potential risks and benefits, and helps patients evaluate their options when considering travelling overseas for unproven treatments.
- The International Society for Stem Cell Research (ISSCR) has prepared a Patient Handbook on Stem Cell Therapies that addresses frequently asked questions about clinical therapies using stem cells.
- Access this international website on stem cells, research, and how stem cells become medicine. The website is aimed at the non-medical general public: www.closerlookatstemcells.org
- Check the section on the ISSCR website for their checklist of What to Ask when talking to someone promoting a stem cell treatment of any type.
Australia is home to many leading stem cell scientists and research institutes. These frequently hold seminars to discuss recent stem cell discoveries, research in Australia, and the promotion of non-medically proven stem cells treatments via the internet and social media. Below is a list of resources from Australia and international sources.
- Watch this video where international stem cell scientists and ethicists discuss the marketing of stem cell treatments in Hype Vs Hope
- Watch the video of a 2018 Public Forum where leading Australian stem cell scientists talk abut their research and the use of stem cells in the eyes, skin, kidney, heart, and blood
- Listen to fabulous Australian and International stem cell scientists chat about stem cell discoveries with John Faine on ABC Radio’s Conversation Hour (please download and link to audio file if possible)
- Listen to Australian stem cell scientist and ethicist Megan Munsie talk on ABC Radio National about the online marketing by private stem cell clinics and the risks to consumers. Hear from someone who went overseas for a stem cell treatment for MS.
- Watch an investigation “Are stem cell injections the answer to your pain”, by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation into the practices of private stem cell clinics