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ISSCR's stem cell based clinical trials guide recognized by Tech Spotlight

The resource was developed to help physicians and review boards evaluate early-phase, stem cell-based clinical trials

International Society for Stem Cell Research

Award Announcement

Skokie, IL--The ISSCR's Stem Cell-Based Clinical Trials: Practical Advice for Physicians and Ethics/Institutional Review Committees was honored today by Tech Spotlight at Harvard Kennedy School's Belfer Center. Tech Spotlight recognizes the technologists, activists, and policymakers who are thoughtfully creating and using technology in ways to protect the public good and help shape a better future.

The ISSCR created Stem Cell-Based Clinical Trials: Practical Advice for Physicians and Ethics/Institutional Review Committees to address the knowledge gap generated by rapid growth in the field. "The Society is keenly aware of the rapid advances in stem cell science and regenerative medicine and is committed to assisting physicians by sharing guidance they need to navigate this evolving field, particularly as it relates to evaluation and approval of human trials." Christine Mummery, ISSCR President said. "We are thrilled to be recognized by Tech Spotlight."

Developed by practicing physician-scientists and stem cell professionals on the ISSCR's Clinical Translation Committee, the guide establishes a series of questions and criteria to determine whether a particular early-phase cell-based clinical trial is based on strong and rational preclinical evidence and is reasonably expected to meet patient needs and to be safe and effective, regardless of disease area or approach.

Tech Spotlight received more than 200 submissions from 18 countries in this inaugural year. Watch the Fireside Chat with Roger Barker, University of Cambridge, UK about this resource and the video announcement.

The ISSCR thanks members Roger Barker, Melissa Carpenter, Catriona Jamieson, Stuart Forbes, Steven Goldman, Charles Murry, Jun Takahashi, and Gordon Weir for their innumerous contributions to developing this resource for community.

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About the International Society for Stem Cell Research

With nearly 4,000 members from more than 60 countries, the International Society for Stem Cell Research is the preeminent global, cross-disciplinary, science-based organization dedicated to stem cell research and its translation to the clinic. The ISSCR mission is to promote excellence in stem cell science and applications to human health. Additional information about stem cell science is available at A Closer Look at Stem Cells, an initiative of the Society to inform the public about stem cell research and its potential to improve human health.

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