The Transnational Cooperation in Stem Cell Research Meeting was made possible by generous funding from the following organizations:
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 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 Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation
JDRF is the leading charitable funder and advocate of type 1 (juvenile) diabetes research worldwide. The mission of JDRF is to find a cure for diabetes and its complications through the support of research. Type 1 diabetes is a disease which strikes children suddenly and requires multiple injections of insulin daily or a continuous infusion of insulin through a pump. Insulin, however, is not a cure for diabetes, nor does it prevent its eventual and devastating complications which may include kidney failure, blindness, heart disease, stroke, and amputation.
Since its founding in 1970 by parents of children with type 1 diabetes, JDRF has awarded more than $900 million to diabetes research, including more than $98 million in FY2005. In FY2005, the Foundation funded 500 centers, grants and fellowships in 19 countries. To learn more, please visit: http://www.jdrf.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.
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