Home > More About Stem Cells > Policies for Stem Cell Research

Policies for Stem Cell Research

By: Ian Murnaghan BSc (hons), MSc - Updated: 8 Aug 2016 | comments*Discuss
 
Stem Cells Research Uk Policies United

The United Kingdom (UK) has shown considerable lead and strength in stem cell research. In fact, the UK government follows the premise that stem cell research provides vast potential to create new treatments for many serious diseases such as diabetes and heart disease. This recognition of stem cell potential to reduce suffering and save lives has led to policies with the aim of ensuring safety and progress as we head into the 21st century.

The Necessities of Funding

Quite simply, stem cell research can't proceed without proper funding to secure research efforts. Fortunately, the UK government has recognised the need for funding increases and has acted accordingly. In the years 2004-2005, the government flooded approximately £25 million into research and other areas such as the UK Stem Cell Bank.

In 2005, the UK Stem Cell Initiative (UKSCI) was announced, which set out to construct a ten-year plan for stem cell research within the UK, encouraging both public and private funding of research in the field. Due to the recommendations in the UKSCI, the public sector funding for stem cell research over 2006-07 and 2007-08 will have increased to £100 million. Generally, the policies involve:

  • Maintenance and enhancement of the UK Stem Cell Bank
  • Increased funds allotted to stem cell research
  • Reasonable monitoring of stem cell research to ensure safety alongside progress
  • Support of clinical trials
  • Fostering links between scientists, international stem cell research bodies and overall, improving dialogue amongst experts in the field
  • Continued assessment of stem cell research development and consistent regulation of spending to ensure successful investment in stem cells

Establishing Toxicology Tools for Stem Cell Lines

The UK government has recognised the importance of stem cell safety. In light of this, the UKSCI aims to create a broad range of stem cell based treatments that are both safe and successful. Developing and effectively utilising toxicology tools will ensure that the benefits of therapy are maximised while the risks are minimised.

UK Stem Cell Bank Stability and Funding

The UK Stem Cell Bank is vital for its provision of ethically sourced and viable stem cell lines. The government is committed to maintaining a permanent and stable operational site as well as secured funding to maintain and encourage use of stem cell lines from the facility.

Flexible Regulation of Stem Cell Research

It is important that stem cell safety and risk are carefully balanced alongside the benefits of stem cell therapy to society. The government is dedicated to ensuring the safety of stem cell based research and therapies while reducing risks and without compromising advancement and progress in the field.

Public Transparency

The value of public input and clarity through each step of stem cell research is vital to its success. Public opinion and debate is to be valued for its promotion of accountability and responsibility in stem cell research. It is imperative that the public be informed of stem cell policies in addition to fostering public faith and confidence in the development of effective stem cell therapies.

With the support and increase in public funding for stem cell research as well as the advent of policies and new health opportunities in the commercial sector, the UK is set to continue leading the way for stem cell research.

You might also like...
Share Your Story, Join the Discussion or Seek Advice..
After having 2 plastic operations on my face and neck the surgeuon has damaged my facial nerv and cause the right side of my face to become crooked,is there a clinic in the U.K. that deals with Stem CellS for critical situatians like mine? if so could you please be kind enough to foword the information,because i am devastated like this.With kind regards Zorica.
Zoki - 8-Aug-16 @ 3:46 AM
Share Your Story, Join the Discussion or Seek Advice...
Title:
(never shown)
Firstname:
(never shown)
Surname:
(never shown)
Email:
(never shown)
Nickname:
(shown)
Comment:
Validate:
Enter word:
Topics
Latest Comments
  • Dr toilet licker
    Re: Therapeutic Cloning
    This website is amazeballs! Its beautiful and wonderful thanks love xoxox
    26 April 2017
  • Wildchild
    Re: Stem Cells and Same Sex Reproduction
    They should do this. This would help a lot of people and probably advance science in other ways. I've heard that stem…
    24 April 2017
  • Vicky
    Re: History of Stem Cell Research
    I live in the U.S. where the FDA and the army of doctors who support that political entity oppose stem cell therapy, instead,…
    23 April 2017
  • DATA
    Re: Benefits of Stem Cells
    My question is, does double stem cells remove fibroids and open blocked fallopian tubes?
    23 April 2017
  • Fab
    Re: Stem Cells for Stroke Victims
    Suffered a hemorrhagic stroke in 2017 January l leaving me with left side weakness is there any case study that I might be…
    22 April 2017
  • Fab
    Re: Stem Cells for Stroke Victims
    I suffer from right side hemorrhagic stroke the left my left side weakness one of the clinicals stem cell trial studies I may be…
    22 April 2017
  • Jamie
    Re: Stem Cells to Treat Blindness
    Good evening hope its the correct place to ask for advice it's not for me but my husband he's 30 years old when he was in primary…
    20 April 2017
  • ExploreStemCells
    Re: Ovarian Function and Stem Cells
    Ms Hopeful - Your Question:I would like to be included in the study all I've ever wanted to be is a good Mother. I have been…
    18 April 2017
  • Ms Hopeful
    Re: Ovarian Function and Stem Cells
    I would like to be included in the study all I've ever wanted to be is a good Mother. I have been sick for twenty plus years…
    18 April 2017
  • Goku
    Re: Totipotent Stem Cells
    Totipotency of stem cells are playing an important role in life.What if a person who has no hand or any part of limbs can it be generated…
    14 April 2017
Further Reading...
Our Most Popular...
Add to my Yahoo!
Add to Google
Stumble this
Add to Twitter
Add To Facebook
RSS feed
You should seek independent professional advice before acting upon any information on the ExploreStemCells website. Please read our Disclaimer.