Though there is still much work to be done, stem cell and regenerative medicine have remarkable potential to cure or treat debilitating injuries and diseases such as spinal cord injury, Parkinson’s disease and diabetes. 

The mission of the Baker Institute International Stem Cell Policy initiative is to bring together scientists, ethicists, policymakers, media experts, and community and business leaders to find new ways to engage the general public in a dialogue on international stem cell policies and the ethical use of stem cells for research. The program includes an international conference series:  “Stem Cells: Saving Lives or Crossing Lines.” The initiative also sponsors local events and lectures, workshops that bring together scholars and scientists from the international community, workshop conference reports, and major public policy research.

Lead Experts


Support for this initiative has been generously provided by the State of Qatar and the Amir of Qatar, His Highness Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa Al-Thani through the State of Qatar Endowment for International Stem Cell Policy.

Other past sponsors for events include:

Baylor College of Medicine

British Consulate-Houston, Science & Innovation Section

Huffington Foundation

Richard Lounsbery Foundation

Stematix, Inc.

Texas Tech Health Sciences Center

The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston

The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center

The University of Texas Medical Branch