Role of Public institutes in Stem cell research and stem cell therapy

Stem Cell research

Stem cell research is a hot topic in science and medicinal field which alone offering thousands of projects and research fellowships for science graduates and scientists. There are lots of public and government agencies all over the world funding for the long term and short term Stem cell projects.

In last few decades, life science and health care related fields like Biotechnology, Biochemistry, Microbiology, Pharmacology, clinical research etc suffered a massive hit due to lack of opportunities and proper funding for research projects. Most of the graduates from this field went unemployed and due to which the number of new enrollment for the courses has been declined. Due to lack of interest in students for life science and healthcare-related courses, most of colleges and universities either closed or merged with other courses.

With the help of extensive study in stem cell engineering and stem cell biotechnology, scientists have shown medical uses of stem cells. Hence in last few years, various public institutes and private companies started funding for Stem cell projects. As a result, there are various research projects waiting for the life science graduates.

Stem Cell research projects

Below list is for you if you are looking for projects or fellowships related to Stem cells. This list also helps for you to find various ongoing Stem cell projects and also to find articles related to stem cell studies.

Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC): 

Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) is a U.K‘s Non-Departmental Public Body which is one of seven Research Councils that work together as Research Councils UK (RCUK). Research Councils UK (RCUK) is funded by the Government’s Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS).

The other Research Councils are Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), Medical Research Council (MRC), Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) and Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC).

Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) works to promote and support, high-quality basic, strategic and applied research in the field of agriculture, bioprocessing, chemical, food, healthcare, pharmaceutical and other biotechnological related industries.

BBSRC has already invested £473M in world-class bioscience, people and research infrastructure in 2015-16.

UK Stem Cell Foundation

A voluntary Public founded Charity which funds for various Stem cell research activities in the UK. The UK Stem Cell Foundation was set up in 2005 to speed up the progress of promising stem cell research and technology into treatments and therapies for patients.

Medical Research Council (UK):

Medical Research Council (UK) is one of the seven research council in the UK. It’s a non-departmental public body funded through government’s science and research budget.

Centre for Regenerative Medicine (CRM):

Research at CRM encompasses embryonic, fetal and adult tissue stem cells.

CRM is housed within the Scottish Centre for Regenerative Medicine (SCRM) building, on the Edinburgh Bioquarter site shared by the Royal Infirmary Hospital and the University’s Clinical Research facilities. With new state-of-the-art facilities and a 230+ team of scientists and clinicians, CRM is positioned uniquely to translate scientific knowledge to industry and the clinic. Research at CRM is aimed at developing new treatments for major diseases including cancer, heart disease, liver failure, diabetes, and degenerative diseases such as multiple sclerosis and Parkinson’s.

National Stem Cell Foundation:

A New York based nonprofit organization involved in research and a clinical trial in the field of stem cell therapy to cure: Neurodegenerative Disease, Autoimmune Disease, Rare Childhood Disorders and Regenerative Repair.

The International Society for Stem Cell Research (ISSCR):

A nonprofit organization founded in the year 2002 based out in Illinois. In collaboration with various research scientist has developed guideline and policy for stem cell therapy. ISSCR conducts various conference and meeting relate to Stem cell research and also it has its own stem cell donation registry facility.

National Institute of health:

Funded by US department of health and human services it is one of the public institutes which set guideline and policies for research experiments. In collaboration with ISSCR stem cell department of NIH is involved in various activities related to stem cell research and clinical trials.

Canadian Stem Cell Foundation

Canada is the most famous hub for Stem cell research due the work of two well known famous doctor come scientist, Drs. James Till and Ernest McCulloch who discovered Stem cell in 1961.

First established in 2008, the Canadian Stem Cell Foundation is an independent, non-profit charitable organization situated in Ottawa, Ontario that champions stem cell science for the health of humanity, and builds Canada’s role as a stem cell leader. The Canadian Stem Cell Foundation is a champion and catalyst committed to ensuring that Canada has the best policy, people, and funding in place to maintain and enhance its global leadership in stem cell science for the benefit of humanity. 

EuroStemCell:

EuroStemCell is a partnership of scientists, clinicians, ethicists, social scientists, and science communicators which is funded by the European Commission for purpose of stem cell research. EuroStemCell unites over 400 public and private European stem cell and regenerative medicine research laboratories in a coordinated effort to engage the public about science.

German Society for Stem Cell Research:

The GSZ is an incorporated society that intends to build up a basis for supporting stem cell research and regenerative medicine and to assemble all scientists interested in this and related fields including biotechnology, genetics, cell biology, basic as well as applied sciences up to a later clinical application. Members are made up of individuals from major universities and research institutions throughout Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Holland, and Belgium.

Australian Stem Cell Centre:

The Australian Stem Cell Centre is an Australian medical research and development center which focuses is on regenerative medicine through the use of stem cells. Founded in 2003, the Centre is the Australian’s Biotechnology Centre of Excellence and has received over $100 million of funding in recent years.

Australian Stem Cell Centre is a collaboration of nine leading Australian universities and medical research institute.

Stem Cells Australia has been established by the University of Melbourne, Monash University, University of Queensland, University of New South Wales, Walter and Eliza Hall Institute for Medical Research, Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute, The Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health and the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization.

National Stem Cell foundation of Australia (NSCFA)

The National Stem Cell foundation of Australia (NSCFA) was established in mid-2011 as the follow-on organization from the Australian Stem Cell Centre. It is a public company that has been endorsed by the ATO as a charitable body with deductible gift recipient status.

Its mission is to promote the study and use of stem cells in the prevention or control of disease in human beings and to enhance public education in this field.

Institute for Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine (inStem): 

The Institute for Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine (inStem) is an autonomous institute funded by the Dept of Biotechnology, Government of India. InStem emphasizes collaborative research in stem cell biology, dedicated to the study of stem cell and regenerative medicine.

InStem, the Center for Stem Cell Research (CSCR) and an Extramural Program in Stem Cell Research (EPiSTEM), are the three funding initiative for support of stem cell research in India.

The Indian government is mainly focused on Stem cell Therapy for Sickle cell anemia, Leukemia, and other blood cancer due to the high percentage of cancer patients in India.   

China Stem Cell Clinical Applications Centre: 

China Stem Cell Clinical Applications Centre is a China’s government-backed institute located in Hong Kong Science and Technology Park. This state-of-the-art facility is set to be a world-class GMP center specializing in stem cell clinical applications and gene therapy, as well as a regional supply center of cellular products for related research and medical institutions.

National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC):

 NSFC is a public institution in charge of managing the National Natural Science Fund of China under the State Council of the People’s Republic of China. NSFC plays a leading role in supporting researchers and research projects in the natural sciences, as well as promoting advances in science and technology.

UK Medical Research Council (MRC) and the National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC) have announced five new joint funding awards for research projects aimed at addressing key knowledge gaps in stem cell research.

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