Our achievements. Our accomplishments. Our impact.



  • Cutting-Edge Skills Development

    The Stem Cell Network worked diligently to identify key areas where enhanced training, provided on a national scale, would have direct benefits on research outcomes and also for Canada’s future scientists and clinicians.

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  • Cancer Stem Cells

    A seminal Canadian discovery demonstrated that cancer stem cells are a significant reason for high relapse rates after cancer treatments. In recognition of this, the Stem Cell Network has invested heavily finding ways to target and attack them.

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  • Ethical, Legal and Social Issues

    SCN established and funded a world-leading arms-length research program to examine the key social, legal and ethical implications of stem cell research and, based upon this credible and research-based evidence, has provided critical policy recommendations to government that have impacted not only how research is conducted in Canada, but how Canadians will access potential therapies in the future.

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  • Evidence-Based Policy Making

    When the Stem Cell Network launched in 2001, its most pressing goal was to address the policy vacuum that was constraining stem cell research in Canada. SCN and its members provided credible, research-based evidence and recommendations that were critical in the development of Canada’s regulatory landscape for stem cell research.

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  • Establishing a Community

    By prioritizing multidisciplinary research partnerships among stem cell researchers across Canada, the Stem Cell Network integrated the country’s previously fractured landscape into a comprehensive and globally respected research community.

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  • Clinical Trials

    When the Stem Cell Network was first funded, its leadership considered that catalyzing a single clinical trial during its 14-year mandate would have been a success. Instead, the Network’s research investments have led to 12 clinical trials on various diseases, with even more in the development pipeline.

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