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    Stem Cell Research & development in Asia

    What is Stem Cell Therapy?

    Stem Cell therapy is a new age treatment where stem cells from the blood stream are used to treat diseases like Diabetes, epilepsy, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, eye and muscle diseases, heart ailments etc, without the use of drugs or surgery.

    The research for this kind of treatment is on with a lot of advantages and controversies surrounding the procedure. SurgeryPlanet has taken into account the advancement in this field and has networked with hospitals, clinics and research centers that are currently experimenting out this new technology. With the wide area of networked hospitals and doctors that we have, SurgeryPlanet can give a detailed insight to the on-going research that is being carried out in this field.

    Research on Stem Cells

    When President Obama decided to lift restrictions to the on going embryonic stem cell research it definitely was a breather for researchers working on this technology. The stem cell industry will be the beginning of a new era! Stem-cell researchers in USA are excited to bring human embryonic stem cell therapy to the market as soon as possible.

    Embryonic stem cell research is more prominent in the east, due to less stringent restrictions imposed there. Asia, in particular, is quite ahead of the US in the field of Embryonic Stem Cell Research. All that the world now needs is a common platform where the industry’s scientists of the West reach out to their Asian counterparts and have a collaboration so as to speed up the commercialization of Stem Cells in the Global Market. alt

    Embryonic Stem Cell Research in Asia

    Asia's biggest state-of-the-art stem cell research centre is being planned at the Pune-based Armed Forces Medical College (AFMC) campus, in India, to treat diseases
    A sum of Rs.500 million has been allocated for the proposed stem cell research centre. About 150 scientists from Pune's Cell Science research Centre will be engaged in research and application. Currently, 28 scientists are researching on stem cells in Pune, 10 in New Delhi and seven in Mumbai (India). It has been said that funding would be made available to make it Asia's biggest state-of-the-art stem cell research centre as this was the future of medical treatment/therapy for various diseases.

    Through the use of Stem Cell Therapy the longevity of the Human life can be increased, which makes Stem Cell research one of the most fascinating areas of the study of biology. Stem cells have the potential to develop into many different cell types in the body with a more specialized function such as a muscle cell, a heart muscle cell, a red blood cell or a brain cell.

    Stem cell treatment is a new technique that relies on replacing diseased or dysfunctional cells with healthy, functioning ones.


    On September 29, 2007, scientist and government delegates representing Australia, China, India, Japan, Korea, Singapore, Taiwan and Thailand gathered in Bangkok for the launch meeting of the Stem Cell Network: Asia-Pacific (SNAP). This network, established to boost interaction between researchers in the region and to provide opportunities for training, education and career development for students and young scientists through local programs, represents the sole regional organization serving more than 3,000 scientists in the Asia-Pacific region

    The SNAP website ( serves as the network’s primary communications vehicle and information resource. The first phase of development focused on compiling information on national stem cell research policies, governance, events and research institutions, and went live in May 2008. The second phase will focus on the development of a directory of stem cell researchers, with information on individual research programs and principal investigators throughout the region. alt

    SNAP has also developed an active meeting calendar, and has held meetings in Bangkok, Beijing and Kyoto since its launch in 2007. Additional meetings and workshops are now being planned for 2009, with special emphasis on the training of students and young scientists and devising strategies for commercialization and industry-academic collaboration in the region. A non-profit organization, SNAP offers multiple opportunities for public and private sponsors to contribute to this diverse research community, including advertising via the website and sponsorship of meetings and workshops.

    The SNAP mission statement provides for the “promotion of the ethical, regulated conduct of stem cell research through the holding of educational and training activities for students and young scientists, the development of scientific and ethical guidelines, the holding of meetings and workshops, and the dissemination of information to governmental officials and the general public.” Future activities by the network will focus on fulfilling these goals and building a strong and dynamic stem cell research community in the Asia-pacific region.