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posted on 17.01.2022, 11:19 authored by Robin Fears, Hidenori Akutsu, Lara T Alentajan-Aleta, Andres Caicedo, Antonio C Campos de Carvalho, Miodrag Čolić, Jillian Cornish, Giulio Cossu, Patrice Debré, Geoffrey Dierckxsens, Nagwa El-Badri, George Griffin, Patrick Chingo-Ho Hsieh, Maneesha S Inamdar, Pradeep Kumar, Consuelo M Abraham, Romaldas Maciulaitis, Mamun Al Mahtab, Fergal O'BrienFergal O'Brien, Michael S Pepper, Volker T Meulen
Regenerative medicine has great potential. The pace of scientific advance is exciting and the medical opportunities for regeneration and repair may be transformative. However, concerns continue to grow, relating to problems caused both by unscrupulous private clinics offering unregulated therapies based on little or no evidence and by premature regulatory approval on the basis of insufficient scientific rationale and clinical evidence. An initiative by the InterAcademy Partnership convened experts worldwide to identify opportunities and challenges, with a focus on stem cells. This was designed to be inclusive and consensus outputs reflected the diversity of the global research population. Among issues addressed for supporting research and innovation while protecting patients were ethical assessment; pre-clinical and clinical research; regulatory authorization and medicines access; and engagement with patients, policy makers, and the public. The InterAcademy Partnership (IAP) identified options for action for sharing good practice and building collaboration within the scientific community and with other stakeholders worldwide.



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Published Citation

Fears R. et al. Inclusivity and diversity: integrating international perspectives on stem cell challenges and potential. Stem Cell Reports. 2021;16(8):1847-1852

Publication Date

29 July 2021

PubMed ID



  • Anatomy and Regenerative Medicine
  • Tissue Engineering Research Group (TERG)

Research Area

  • Immunity, Infection and Inflammation
  • Chemistry and Pharmaceutical Sciences
  • Biomaterials and Regenerative Medicine


Elsevier BV


  • Published Version (Version of Record)