Development of a Stem Cell Tool Box (EuroSTELLS)

EuroSTELLS aimed at gaining fundamental knowledge on stem cell biology. It is a very good example of interconnection and interdependency between the various synergistic and strategic ESF instruments: EUROCORES, RNP REMEDIC, SPBs “Human Stem Cell Research: scientific uncertainties and ethical dilemmas” published in 2001 and 2002  and future SPB on “Human Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine” to be published in October 2009.
EuroSTELLS has provided financial support for the International Society for Stem Cell Research Task Force to prepare their Guidelines for the Clinical Translation of Stem Cells. These have recently provided the basis to the National Institutes of Health Guidelines on Human Stem Cell Research, thus showing the international impact ESF activities can have in medical and scientific fields.

EuroSTELLS final report published

EuroSTELLS was one of the first two EUROCORES programmes to be launched by the European Medical Research Councils (MED (formerly EMRC)) in 2005, recognising a need for basic stem cell research in Europe. EuroSTELLS was aimed at generating fundamental knowledge on stem cell biology by setting up the bases for comparative analyses of stem cells of different origins and future clinical applications. Download the report (PDF)

ISSCR Guidelines for the Clinical Translation of Stem Cells Published

The International Society for Stem Cell Research (ISSCR) is an independent, non-profit organisation to foster the exchange of information on stem cell research. Recognising the lack of clear reference materials to assist patients and patient advocacy groups in navigating the landscape of stem-cell based therapies, the ISSCR brought together a diverse, international task force of top stem cell researchers, clinicians, bioethicists, and regulatory leaders to draft professional guidelines relating to the clinical translation of stem cell research in 2007. To support them in this commendable effort, the Scientific Committee of EuroSTELLS agreed to financially sponsor the task force, together with the Alzheimer’s Research Foundation, The Ellison Medical Foundation and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Beta Cell Replacement Advisory Committee. The Guidelines for the Clinical Translation of Stem Cells  have been published and for more information see

EuroSTELLS at ESOF 2008

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'Stem Cells- From Bench to Bedside'          

19 July 2008, Barcelona, Spain

In this session a researcher spoke on the potential therapeutic application of stem cells for regenerating diseased cells, followed by a bioethicist and patients’ organisation representative addressing the significant ethical, legal and societal issues that must also be overcome before the potential of stem cells is realised.