Top 10 stem cell & regenerative medicine websites of 2016

Top 10 websitesWhat are the top 10 stem cell websites?

Where do you go to find the latest information and opinion on the stem cell and regenerative medicine fields?

Today, that information flows almost from minute to minute via websites and from social media. This is a transformational difference from past decades when it would take months.

For instance, it is common today to first learn about a cool new stem cell paper via Twitter the moment it leaves embargo.

What are the top stem cell websites today?

When I think about making a list of such sites, I’m looking for my go-to websites that are regularly updated (e.g. at least weekly ideally).

Here is my list of the top 10 stem cell websites in semi-alphabetical order.

And a special honorary mention for Stem Cell Battles by the amazing Don C. Reed (also check out the new book of the same name) that stands out as awesome for many reasons.

Look for other recommended sites that are not necessarily only on stem cells on my BlogRoll on the right lower side of this blog.

What are your favorite stem cell-related websites?

Review of Stem Cell Battles, Don Reed’s Wonderful New Book

Stem Cell Battles BookLong-time stem cell advocate, Don C. Reed, has written a great new book called Stem Cell Battles: Proposition 71 and Beyond.

The subtitle is “How Ordinary People Can Fight the Crushing Burden of Chronic Disease — with a Posthumous Foreword by Christopher Reeve.”

Don’s book is a wonderful window into the behind-the-scenes herculean efforts that went into making the California Stem Cell Agency (CIRM) a reality via Proposition 71. It’s a very enjoyable read taking us right into the tireless work that Don, his son Roman, and the rest of their super family (the first family of stem cells) along with other major stem cell players put into this campaign to literally change the world.

One of the things I liked the most about Stem Cell Battles is that it is a very personal story that is nonetheless seamlessly woven so well into the state, national, and international levels of the stem cell world. It is also interesting to read about the many levels of stem cell research going on bringing real hope to patients facing serious health conditions. Don puts faces and personal stories to the stem cell researchers and others who are making this revolution in medicine possible.

I appreciated the fact that the book has so many pictures of these amazing people. Its 71 chapters (note the tie in to Proposition 71) are brief and each is a quick read. Don also does an excellent job covering key aspects of stem cell science in an interesting, understandable way.

I highly recommend this book. It will grab you, teach you, and inspire you.

Diverse Stem Cell Person of the Year 2014 Award Finalists

Stem Cell Award Poll 2014With more than 4,142 votes cast, the readers of this blog have chosen the top 12 finalists for the Stem Cell Person of the Year Award for 2014 from the 27 nominees.

You can see the final vote tallies at left. The votes came from more than 50 countries with some interesting geographic patterns (I may do a post on that as a follow up).

I’ve pasted the brief bios of the twelve finalists below at the end of this post.

Now comes the tough task for me to pick a single winner from this amazing group. I will announce the Stem Cell Person of the Year 2014 within 1-2 weeks.

The finalists are a diverse group. They include scientists from academia and industry, patient advocates, a blogger, and the Pope. We have six male and six female finalists who live all around the world including in the US, Japan, Sweden, Canada, and Vatican City.

I’m happy to see both some familiar faces from nominees and finalists from past years and new ones too.

Who would you pick as the one winner and why? Post in the comments.

Finalists Bios (including in bold quotes from nominators)

Chris Fasano. A principal investigator at the Neural Stem Cell Institute where he uses stem cells to study early nervous system development. “Chris stands out for his energy, enthusiasm, dedication to the field, creativity and accomplishments.”

Don C. Reed. Long-time stem cell research advocate who played a key role in the success of Prop 71 and the creation of CIRM. “A tireless stem cell advocate always there to make a positive difference.”

Janet Rossant. Professor, University of Toronto. Stem Cell Researcher and Past President, ISSCR. “She works tirelessly to create new opportunities and collaborations…globally respected for her work in early development and embryonic stem cells”

Judy Roberson. Long-time Huntington’s Disease patient advocate. “She makes concrete positive developments happen such as millions of dollars in research funding for HD.”

JuuichiJigen. Japanese blogger who investigates scientific misconduct and played a key role in revealing the STAP scandal. He was the first to investigate and bring to the public of problems with STAP papers. His investigations demonstrated the role of social media and post-publication peer review in rapid self-correction of science.”

Malin Parmar. Associate Professor, Developmental and Regenerative Neurobiology, Lund University. Top neural regeneration scientist. “Young, hard worker who is doing very well”.

Masayo Takahashi. Stem cell researcher leading the team that is doing the first ever clinical study based on human iPS cells. “Creative and courageous clinical stem cell researcher.”

Pope Francis. Leader of Worldwide Catholic Church. “Strong supporter of adult stem cell biotechs and research”.

Robert Lanza. CSO of Advanced Cell Technology, which has multiple ES cell-based clinical trials ongoing. “Visionary and practical so makes the impossible possible with stem cells”.

Susan Solomon. Co-Founder and CEO of The New York Stem Cell Foundation (NYSCF). Remarkably effective advocate for stem cell research. “Not many leaders have created their own research laboratories and raised $100 million plus. Seriously, what an accomplishment!”

Ted Harada. Leading stem cell research advocate and very effective ALS patient advocate. “An Energizer Bunny for the ALS community and stem cell advocate”

Tory Williams. Stem cell advocate and author of the 2014 book, Inevitable Collision. Co-Founder and Executive Director of the Alabama Institute of Medicine (AIM). “A true hero who inspires and makes real things happen like AIM”.