Strategy for UK stem cell research out today..

Posted on July 18, 2011 by

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Interesting piece in the FT yesterday UK seeks to uphold lead in stem cell research saying that the government is planning to publish their stocktake of regenerative medicine today (Monday) and giving a taster of the commitments in it including a plan to consult widely with industry and medical research charities this year to explore new funding mechanisms to boost stem cell research in the UK.

Background

Regenerative medicine is the process of creating living, functional tissues to repair or replace tissue or organ function lost due to damage, or congenital defects. Lots of medical conditions are the result of damaged tissues and organs which the body can’t heal itself, so as we get better at it, regenerative medicine offers huge potential to treat people with these conditions.

The Department of Business, Innovation and Skills published a questionnaire in January 2011, asking about regenerative medicine in the UK – see my earlier post BIS taking a snapshot of regenerative medicine in the UK. They wanted to take a stocktake of what the UK is doing and explore how we could do it better and how they could support investment in regenerative medicine.

As lots of medical research charities fund or want to fund research into regenerative medicine, we responded to this questionnaire and have been waiting to see the results.

I’m looking out to see the details of today’s report…

 

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