Promoting the public’s understanding of regenerative medicine in society
EuroStemCell and Regenerative Medicine launch an online resource to engage and educate non-experts on the key issues surrounding regenerative medicine.
EuroStemCell, in partnership with the Future Science Group MEDLINE-indexed journal Regenerative Medicine, have launched a digital platform which provides free-to-access summaries of hot-topic articles from leading international academics published in the journal’s recent two-part Special Focus Issue entitled, ‘Regenerative Medicine in Society: Interdisciplinary Perspectives’.
The fields of stem cell and regenerative medicine research offer great promise for the production of novel therapeutic techniques in order to enhance patient outcomes. Nevertheless, developments in regenerative medicine have sparked public controversy and there are still numerous social, ethical, regulatory, legal and economic issues that must be addressed. The Special Focus Issue provides an expansive collection of research and perspectives on these important topics.
The double issue was published in collaboration with the European Commission-funded EuroStemCell project through Guest Editors Jan Barfoot and Clare Blackburn (both MRC Centre for Regenerative Medicine, University of Edinburgh, UK), as well as Achim Rosemann (University of Warwick, UK).
Barfoot stated, “Through this collaboration, we have been able to realise this ambitious, global project, attracting leading international scholars and academics to contribute their insights regarding regenerative medicine in society.”
The recently launched digital platform accompanies the publication of the two-part Special Focus Issue and presents lay summaries of each article that are freely available to all, which provide key insights into a number of inter-disciplinary research projects from across the globe.
The ultimate aim of the digital gateway is to bridge the gap between researchers and individuals outside of academia. The concise and engaging summaries are targeted to a broader audience to allow maximum involvement.
"Our mission is to stimulate conversations in all sectors on the impact of regenerative medicine on society, so we are very pleased to make summaries of this work freely available,” explained Barfoot.
“This body of work provides a rare and in-depth insight into the big questions surrounding the future of the sector. Our hope is that policymakers, regulators, healthcare leaders, funders, patient support organisations and others will read, search and download these research summaries for deliberation with their colleagues.”
Adam Price-Evans, Managing Commissioning Editor of Regenerative Medicine stated, “I am delighted that, through partnership with EuroStemCell, we will be able to enhance the outreach of this important work to a wider audience and hopefully educate and spark debate amongst non-experts on important issues surrounding regenerative medicine. Transparency and understanding will continue to be vital going forward, so I hope that this project can contribute to this and assist in realizing the field’s great potential.”
The EuroStemCell digital gateway with all lay summaries can be accessed here: https://www.eurostemcell.org/regenerative-medicine-society
View Parts I and II of the Special Focus Issue "Regenerative Medicine in Society: Interdisciplinary Perspectives" here: