Stem Cells: Future Scientific and Medical Opportunities

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A Report of the ASCB Stem Cell Task Force

On November 15, 2013, members of the ASCB Taskforce presented their report, "Stem Cells: Future Scientific and Medical Opportunities" at a workshop at the Hyatt Regency Bethesda in Bethesda, Maryland.

The workshop focused on the key scientific opportunities in human stem cell research identified by the Task Force that have the potential to substantially accelerate the creation of new understanding and novel medical therapies. At the conclusion of the workshop, the Task Force presented its recommendations for future scientific initiatives to advance these opportunities.

During the spring of 2012, the leadership of the American Society for Cell Biology (ASCB) organized a retreat with several thought leaders in biomedical research to discuss key opportunities for cell biology in the future. One of the themes that emerged was that of stem cells.

The group highlighted the strategic importance for the future of cell biology of stem cells and human embryonic stem cells, in particular together with the role of ASCB in promoting science. Therefore, ASCB tasked a group of distinguished scientists to identify key opportunities in the field and provide concrete recommendations on eventual initiatives that will be needed to capture these opportunities. The Task Force was chaired by UCSD researcher Larry Goldstein and included Elaine Fuchs, George Daley, and Rudolph Jaenisch, to name but a few.

The report contains the ideas of a group of leaders in the field. This website provides every ASCB member and every stem cell biologist with the opportunity to add their thoughts and views to the discussion. We welcome your input.