Stem cells

“Stem cell therapies have the potential to do for chronic diseases what antibiotics did for infectious diseases.”
Joseph Martin, Dean of the Faculty of Medicine, Harvard

This document has been curated by Fellows of the RACP to help you find high quality CPD resources on stem cells.

Resources are categorised by type:

  1. Key organisations & websites
  2. Webcasts
  3. Courses
  4. Tools
  5. Key journals
  6. Recommended reading

Professional development in stem cells

Most research into stem cell therapies is yet to leave the lab, yet this fast-paced area is of great interest to patients and clinicians alike.

Understanding the current research and potential clinical applications will be increasingly important, especially for physicians working with degenerative and chronic diseases.

The prevalence of patients seeking unproven treatments overseas makes staying up to date in this area particularly important.

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1. Key Organisations & Websites

Useful as a starting point and overview of current work in this area

CPD tipCPD TIP:  Don’t forget to claim CPD credits for any learning from these websites. Download the current MyCPD Framework here. 

  • Australasian Society for Stem Cell Research
    The ASSCR promotes stem cell biology, regenerative medicine and research. Their website includes Australasian focused information on stem cells, research and funding opportunities. It also links to helpful websites and societies.

  • Canadian Stem Cell Foundation
    The Canadian Stem Cell Foundation offers detailed information about current research and treatment, including useful summaries by disease type. The blog is updated regularly with discoveries and current issues such as stem cell tourism.

  • EuroStemCell
    EuroStemCell is European focused but includes many useful resources for Australasian specialists, such as news and fact sheets. They also offer patient education resources including a toolkit, comic book and condition specific information.

  •  International Society for Cellular Therapies
    ISCT is a global society of clinicians, regulators, technologists, and industry partners with a shared vision to translate cellular therapy into safe and effective therapies to improve patients’ lives.

  • International Society for Stem Cell Research
    The ISSCR promotes the exchange and dissemination of information relating to stem cells and encourages research and public education in the field. Their website links to events, podcasts, publications and job and funding opportunities.

  • National Stem Cell Foundation of Australia
    This website provides information mainly for patients and researchers including fact sheets, teaching and research resources, funding opportunities, and news and events.

  • Stem Cells Australia
    This comprehensive website provides general information on stem cells research. It includes research conducted by StemCellsAustralia, up to date clinical trials categorised by medical condition, news, events and patient resources.

2. Webcasts

Useful for brief overviews of topics and recent developments

CPD tipCPD tip: Don’t forget to claim CPD credits for any learning from these webcasts in Category 5 (1 credit/hr). Download the current MyCPD Framework here.

  • Canadian Stem Cell Foundation: Videos
    These videos are a great patient resource, covering many basic topics including stem cell tourism.

  • EuroStemCell: Stem Cell Videos and Films
    EuroStemCell provides a series of six short videos and a feature documentary about different aspects of stem cell science, ethics, cell culture and cloning. 

  • HHMI: BioInteractive
    These lectures and interactive videos from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute’s BioInteractive group cover the basic science of stem cell research and the potential clinical applications. They could be used for patient education.

  • International Society for Stem Cell Research: Stem Cell Podcast
    Each episode of the Stem Cell Podcast includes a “round up” of recent trends and discoveries, followed by an in depth interview with an expert in the field. Each episode page includes links to the resources and research papers mentioned.

3. Courses

Useful for in depth, structured learning

CPD tipCPD tip: Don’t forget to claim CPD credits for any learning from these events and courses. Download the current MyCPD Framework here. 

  • Stem cells and their clinical application: now and in future
    This online course was developed by the Columbia Center for Bioethics with support from the New York State Stem Cell Initiative and the Columbia Center for New Media Teaching and Learning. It covers embryo and adult stem cell research, potential applications, dangers of unproven treatments and regulatory issues. 

4. Tools

Useful for implementing what you have learned in your daily practice

CPD tipCPD tip: Don’t forget to claim CPD credits for any learning from these tools. Download the current MyCPD Framework here. 

  • ISSCR: Guidelines for the Clinical Translation of Stem Cells
    The International Society for Stem Cell Research provides guidelines that examine the scientific, clinical, regulatory and ethical issues to be addressed to ensure that stem cell research is responsibly transitioned into clinical applications.

  • ISSCR: Guidelines for the Conduct of Human Embryonic Stem Cell Research
    The International Society for Stem Cell Research provides guidelines for the conduct of embryonic stem cell research that address the international diversity of perspectives. These were assembled by experts from 14 countries.

  • Stem cells and their clinical application: now and in future (PPTX 7MB)
    This presentation has been prepared by the NSW Stem Cell Network, Stem Cells Australia and The Royal Australasian College of Physicians with the assistance of the National Stem Cell Foundation of Australia for the information of health practitioners and the public. Permission is granted for non-commercial use for educational purposes. The presentation includes details of current trials including trials for type 1 diabetes and macular degeneration.

  • Stem Cell Ethics Education
    The Stem Cell Ethics Website provides education on ethics and stem cell research, broken down by theme and type of research. The site was developed with the Centre for Applied Ethics at the University of British Columbia.

  • Stem Cells trials on the Australian New Zealand Clinical Trials Registry
    A regularly updated list of the clinical trials occurring in Australia and New Zealand that relate to stem cells, including information on their status, aims and methods.

  • Stem Cells trials in the US National Institutes of Health Clinical Trials Database
    A regularly updated list of the clinical trials occurring in the US and internationally that relate to stem cells, including information on their status, aims and methods.

  • StemBook
    Stem Book is an open access collection of peer-reviewed chapters covering topics related to stem cell biology. It is written by top researchers at the Harvard Stem Cell Institute and worldwide.

  • StemDB
    StemDB is a database designed to capture stem cell related information ranging from molecular profiling data to information about stem cell lines. It aims to support pre-publication sharing of data and collaborations.

5. Key Journals

Useful for keeping up to date with research and finding out more on specific topics

CPD tipCPD tip: Don’t forget to claim CPD credits for your time reading these journals in Category 5 (1 credit/hr). Download the current MyCPD Framework here. 

  • Cell Stem Cell
    Cell Stem Cell covers the spectrum of stem cell biology along with ethical, funding and policy issues.

  • Stem Cells
    This is a long standing, high quality journal dedicated to stem cells.

  • Stem Cells and Development
    This journal covers emerging hypotheses and novel findings in stem cell research.

  • Stem Cell Reports
    The official journal of the International Society for Stem Cell Research.

  • Stem Cells Translational Medicine
    A journal focused on advancing the clinical utilisation of stem cell molecular and cellular biology.

6. Recommended Reading

Useful for keeping up to date with research and finding out more on specific topics

CPD tipCPD tip: Don’t forget to claim CPD credits for your time spent on these readings in Category 5 (1 credit/hr). Download the current MyCPD Framework here. 

  • Knoepfler Lab Stem Cell Blog
    This regularly updated blog is run by the the Knoepfler Lab, which conducts stem cell, cancer cell and epigenetics research at the UC Davis School of Medicine.

  • Signals Blog
    The Signals Blog is sponsored by the Stem Cell Network and the Centre for Commercialisation of Regenerative Medicine. It provides regular updates on research and industry.

  • Stem Cell Treatments: A Quick Guide for Medical Practitioners
    This document from the NHMRC provides information to assist with discussing stem cell treatments with patients clearly and concisely. It covers why stem cells are important, what treatments are available, risks and regulation.

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RACP curated collections are managed by the Learning Support Unit, based on the contributions and peer review of Fellows of the College and other experts.

We thank Prof Simon Koblar, A/Prof Megan Munsie, Prof John Rasko and Prof Bernie Tuch for their contributions to the Stem Cells page.

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