Breakthrough: Vatican Council for Culture and NeoStem Advance Research on Adult Stem Cells


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(25 May 10 - RV) NeoStem, Inc., an international biopharmaceutical company, and the Vatican's Pontifical Council for Culture today announced a joint initiative between their charitable organizations to expand research and raise awareness of adult stem cell therapies. NeoStem's Stem for Life Foundation, formed to create awareness about the promise of adult stem cells to treat disease, and the Pontifical Council's Foundation STOQ International (Science Theology and the Ontological Quest), will work to advance research on Adult Stem Cells, to explore their clinical applicability in the field of regenerative medicine, and the cultural relevance of such research especially with its impact on theological and ethical issues.

"For over 40 years, physicians have been using adult stem cells to treat various blood cancers, but only recently has the promise of using adult stem cells to treat a significant number of other diseases begun to be realized," said Dr. Robin L. Smith, Chairman CEO of NeoStem. "With critical support to drive research and therapies, this is a monumental step for the field of regenerative medicine," added Dr. Smith.

"Considering the potential implications of scientific investigation, medical applicability and the cultural impact of research on adult stem cells, collaboration with NeoStem is a critical effort," said Reverend Tomasz Trafny, of the Pontifical Council for Culture. "Through educational initiatives with NeoStem and sponsorship of scientific research programs of cutting edge adult stem cell science which does not hurt human life, we become one step closer to a breakthrough that can relieve needless human suffering."

As part of the collaboration, NeoStem and the Pontifical Council will make efforts to develop educational programs, publications and academic courses with an interdisciplinary approach for theological and philosophical faculties, including those of bioethics, around the world. One of the initiatives will be a three-day International Conference at the Vatican on adult stem cell research, including VSELTM technology that will focus on medical research presentations and theological and philosophical considerations and implications of scientific achievements.

All initiatives will aim at providing information, teaching and research on important issues of human health and the present and future of medical progress on Adult Stem Cell research and in respecting the value of human life. NeoStem and the Pontifical Council for Culture through their collaboration aspire to reach religious leaders and academicians working in the Pontifical and Catholic Institutions but also to extend their work and results to different institutions beyond Catholic environment.