Early-career researchers produce map for the future of stem cell research

The 2015 Theo Murphy High Flyers Think Tank focused on stem cell research in Australia. Sixty early- and mid-career researchers came together in Sydney in July last year to discuss ways to support researchers and clinicians working in the field, how Australia should approach regulation, and what the public expects from stems cells.

Their findings provide a map for the future of Australian stem cell science and form a report which was launched in March by NSW Parliamentary Secretary for Regional and Rural Health, the Hon Sarah Mitchell MLC. The stem cell revolution: lessons and imperatives for Australia provides recommendations on how Australia can effectively take stem cell research from the lab bench to the hospital bed. It also discusses the rise of stem cell tourism and a regulatory environment, which presently allows unproven therapies to be marketed in Australia.

(from left) Professor Les Field, Ms Sarah Mitchell, Dr Kathryn Davidson, Professor Richard Harvey and Dr Michael O’Connor at the launch of the 2015 Theo Murphy High Flyers Think Tank recommendation report.

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