Wednesday, October 3, 2012
Spreading the word on Stem Cell Awareness Day #stemcellday
It has been fun to watch this event take off over the past five years. This year, in addition to public lectures and tours of stem cell facilities, we have the Irish Stem Cell Foundation launching a new website and kicking off a national media campaign, and EuroStemCell is promoting resources and activities for people planning stem cell events. Another event that stands out is one at Monash University in Australia, where in addition to live lectures they’ll be answering stem cell questions in real time on their blog.
The full list of worldwide events is available on the Stem Cell Awareness Day website.
Another new feature this year is a Stem Cell Awareness Day twitter hashtag #stemcellday that has been busy with organizations throughout the world promoting their events and resources. If you have a favorite resource for following stem cell research (and access to a Twitter account) post your links under that hashtag for others to use.
For those who are looking to get up to speed on stem cell research and CIRM’s role in accelerating the path to new cures, here’s some background information:
CIRM’s stem cell basics – Background information about the different types of stem cells and areas of research
Disease information – Fact sheets about CIRM-funded research in 22 disease areas
Stories of Hope – Learn about stem cell research from the patients who stand to benefit
Search all CIRM grants – See all grants funded by CIRM, and learn more about the research goals
Progress toward therapies – Learn about the steps involved in going from a good idea in the lab to a new therapy, and learn how CIRM is working to accelerate the research
Funding charts – See how CIRM’s funding has been allocated to different types of stem cells and research areas