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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 titled “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 and conference reports on the workshops; and major public policy research. The initiative is part of the Baker Institute Science and Technology Policy Program, led by senior fellow Neal Lane and fellow Kirstin Matthews.


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:

  • Richard Lounsbery Foundation
  • British Consulate-Houston, Science & Innovation Section
  • The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center
  • The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston
  • The University of Texas Medical Branch
  • Texas Tech Health Sciences Center
  • Baylor College of Medicine
  • Stematix, Inc.
  • Huffington Foundation