Autologous Cellular Therapies: Defining the Scope and Obligations of Clinical Innovation A Research Symposium


This multi-disciplinary symposium is aimed at critically reflecting on the ethical, regulatory and conceptual issues surrounding the provision of autologous stem cells and cell-based products as ‘innovative therapies’. Interventions with autologous stem cells are being marketed directly to patients, typically over the Internet across geographical boundaries, for a wide range of serious illnesses and conditions. The global proliferation of these practices has raised concerns about the lack of scientific and clinical justification for these interventions and the possible harms they pose to patient populations vulnerable to exploitation. They have generally emerged from private clinics exploiting weaknesses in regulatory systems across different geographical jurisdictions and misinterpreting porous distinctions between clinical practice, research and innovation. They may also be indicative of a wider global trend to facilitate innovation by reducing legal and regulatory constraints over the use of novel medicines in the marketplace, rather than enabling more effective regulation, and demand critical attention to more clearly define the scope and obligations associated with responsible innovation.

The symposium will focus on six original research papers with oral commentaries from scholars with internationally-recognised expertise in the empirical, normative, sociological and legal analysis of biomedical innovation, health technologies, and stem cell science. Participants will include:

  • Alastair Campbell; Centre for Biomedical Ethics, NUS
  • Sarah Chan: Usher Institute of Population Health Sciences and Informatics, University of Edinburgh
  • Christine Hauskeller; Department of Sociology, Philosophy and Anthropology, University of Exeter
  • Tereza Hendl; Centre for Values, Ethics and the Law in Medicine, University of Sydney
  • Wendy Lipworth; Centre for Values, Ethics and the Law in Medicine, University of Sydney
  • Tsung-Ling Lee; Centre for Biomedical Ethics, NUS
  • Dominique Martin; Faculty of Health, Deakin University
  • John Rasko; Centenary Institute of Cancer Medicine & Cell Biology
  • Douglas Sipp; Centre for Developmental Biology, RIKEN Institute
  • Jeremy Sugarman; Berman Institute of Bioethics
  • Leigh Turner; Centre for Bioethics, University of Minnesota
  • Catherine Waldby; ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Cameron Stewart; Sydney Law School, University of Sydney
  • Tamra Lysaght; Centre for Biomedical Ethics, NUS

This event is supported with funding from the NUS Humanities and Social Sciences Research Fund and is sponsored by the Stem Cell Society, Singapore (SCSS).

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Wed May 24, 2017
8:30 AM - 5:30 PM SGT
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