The Science, Ethics and Policy Challenges of Pluripotent Stem Cell-Derived Gametes Meeting was made possible by generous funding from the following organizations:
The Greenwall Foundation
The Greenwall Foundation is an independent foundation created in 1949 by Frank and Anna Greenwall. Through its Interdisciplinary Program in Bioethics, The Greenwall Foundation provides funding for physicians, lawyers, philosophers, economists, theologians and other professionals to address micro and macro issues in bioethics, providing guidance for those engaged in decision making at the bedside as well as those responsible for shaping institutional and public policy. The Foundation is especially interested in supporting pilot projects and the work of junior investigators, and it is prepared to address issues regarded by some as sensitive or potentially controversial. To learn more, please visit: http://greenwall.org.
The Wellcome Trust
The Wellcome Trust is an independent research-funding charity, established under the will of Sir Henry Wellcome in 1936. It is funded from a private endowment which is managed with long-term stability and growth in mind. The Trust’s mission is to foster and promote research with the aim of improving human and animal health. The Trust funds both animal and human stem cell research, including embryonic stem cell research. Activity in this area cinludes a funding partnership with the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) as well as funding a variety of grants for large programmes, fellowships, PhD studentships and technology transfer initiatives. In addition, a substantial amount of stem cell research is undertaken as two Wellcome Trust Centres: the Wellcome Trust/Cancer Research UK Gurdon Institute of Cancer and Developmental Biology at Cambridge , and the Wellcome Trust Centre for Cell Matrix Research at the University of Manchester. The Trust recognizes that stem cell research raises a number of complex social and ethical issues and provides financial support for a range of activities to explore and debate these questions through its biomedical ethics funding programme.
The Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council
The Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) is one of seven Research Councils that work together as Research Councils UK. The BBSRCs mission is to advance knowledge and technology (including the promotion and support of the exploitation of research outcomes), and provide trained scientists and engineers, which meet the needs of users and beneficiaries (including the agriculture, bioprocessing, chemical, food, healthcare and other biotechnological related industries), thereby contributing to the economic competitiveness of the United Kingdom and the quality of life. Further and in relation to this mission, the BBSRC generates public awareness, communicates research outcomes, encourages public engagement and dialogue, and disseminates knowledge.
The British Embassy in Washington, D.C.
The United Kingdom ’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office has established a Network of Science and Innovation officers to ensure we are best placed to integrate science and diplomacy. With almost 44 posts, the Network is spread across 29 countries, but more and more FCO posts around the world are developing S&I activities. These posts work to identify key contacts and bring together opinion formers and experts, arrange missions and visits to study particular sectors, developing R & D links for the UK science base and raise awareness of UK S&I policy and achievements. To learn more, please visit: http://www.fco.gov.uk/science.
The Medical Research Council
The Medical Research Council (MRC) is a publicly-funded organization dedicated to improving human health through world-class medical research. To achieve this, we encourage and support research across the biomedical spectrum, from fundamental lab-based science to clinical trials, and in all major disease areas; produce skilled researchers; advance and disseminate knowledge and technology to improve the quality of life and economic competitiveness of the UK; and promote dialogue with the public about medical research. We work closely with the UK National Health Service and the UK Health Departments to deliver our mission, and give a high priority to research that is likely to make a real difference to clinical practice and the health of the population.
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