International Stem Cell Policy Program
Human Embryonic Stem Cell Differentiated into Precursor Cells of the Retina
Photos Courtesy of David Buchholz at the University of California, Santa Barbara
Human stem cell research — encompassing embryonic, adult and induced pluripotent stem cell research — is viewed as a critical area of study by much of the science and medical community. While a significant amount of research is needed before embryonic or induced pluripotent stem cells can be used in therapy, these cells have the potential to cure or treat debilitating injuries and diseases such as spinal cord injury, Parkinson’s disease and diabetes. Understanding stem cells can impact developmental biology, cancer biology, regenerative medicine and other fields of biomedical research.
The mission of the Baker Institute International Stem Cell Policy Program is to bring together scientists, ethicists, policymakers, media experts, and community and business leaders to find new ways to engage the general public in a dialogue on international stem cell policies and the ethical use of stem cells for research. The program includes an international conference series titled “Stem Cells: Saving Lives or Crossing Lines.” The program also sponsors local events and lectures; workshops that bring together scholars and scientists from the international community and conference reports on the workshops; and major public policy research. The program is part of the Baker Institute Science and Technology Policy Program, led by senior fellow Neal Lane and fellow Kirstin Matthews.
Support for this program has been generously provided by the State of Qatar and the Amir of Qatar, His Highness Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa Al-Thani through the State of Qatar Endowment for International Stem Cell Policy.
Other past sponsors for events include:
- Richard Lounsbery Foundation
- British Consulate-Houston, Science & Innovation Section
- The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center
- The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston
- The University of Texas Medical Branch
- Texas Tech Health Sciences Center
- Baylor College of Medicine
- Stematix, Inc.
- Huffington Foundation
Photos used for thumbnails were provided by: (1)Susan Fisher at the University of California, San Francisco; (2)William Collins in the lab of Deepak Srivastava and Christopher Schlieve at the Gladstone Institutes; (3)Guoping Fan at the University of California, Los Angeles; (4)Fred H. Gage at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies; and (6) Andrei Kochegarov in the lab of Michael Pirrung at the University of California, Riverside.