Setting straight perspectives on stem cell tourism

Written by Regenerative Medicine

To further public understanding of regenerative medicine, EuroStemCell has published lay summaries for all articles from the latest Regenerative Medicine special focus issue.

EuroStemCell have launched a digital platform to accompany the publication of the Regenerative Medicine two-part Special Focus Issue entitled “Regenerative Medicine in Society: Interdisciplinary Perspectives”. The platform presents lay summaries of each article in the issue which are freely available to all in order to engage and educate non-experts on the key issues surrounding regenerative medicine.

You can now read the lay summary for the article entitled, “Resituating overseas stem cell therapy” from Amit Prasad [1].

In literature discussing unproven stem cell therapies and stem cell tourism there are a considerable number of generalisations made about the desperation of patients seeking treatments, the permissiveness of government policies in different regions, the location of stem cell clinics offering treatments and more. Discussions on the unproven stem cell market need to consider social and economic settings on an individual, regional and global level to better understand why the number of clinics offering unproven stem cell treatments and the amount of patients seeking them has continued to grow around the world.

What questions & challenges are raised? What insight and direction does this give for research policies? To find out, read the full lay summary on the EuroStemCell website here:

The full original article can be accessed here:


[1] Prasad AResituating overseas stem cell therapy. Regen. Med. 12(7), 743—748 (2017).