The greatest strength of the Harvard Stem Cell Institute is the ability to bring together leading researchers and physicians from across multiple disciplines and institutions to work collectively on a specific challenge. Through its disease-specific programs, HSCI supports these focused collaborations by holding think tanks, seminars, and other events; providing access to world-class core facilities; supporting the new ideas of both junior and senior faculty through seed grant awards; and funding basic science and clinical translation research in specific disease areas.
Junior Faculty Programs
The HSCI Junior Faculty Programs are unique in their support for highly collaborative, "high risk/high return" projects. The research proposed by the faculty members typically explores new approaches in which their individual labs can accelerate their own work by collaborating with others to tackle a large question. By pooling their efforts, junior faculty members can secure funding from HSCI to pursue their ideas, which can then be further supported with outside grants as the results roll in. The programs not only offer a chance to make bold new discoveries, but they also serve as an important bridge to stability at the early stage of a scientist's career.
|Cell Development Program||Amy Wagers, PhD|
|Cell Regulation Program||Carla F. Kim, PhD|
|Epigenetics of Stem Cell Function and Aging Program||Alex Meissner, PhD|
|Regenerative Therapeutics||Trista E. North, PhD|
|Tissue Regeneration and Repair|
The goal of the Program in Ethics and Public Policy is to foster interdisciplinary education and public discussion of the ethical and policy implications of the advancing field of stem cell research. The program is designed to reach all of Harvard University's constituencies, from students, to faculty, alumni, and the general public. To accomplish this, the program has developed seminars, lectures, and special dedicated programs that have brought together scientists and humanists; engaged alumni groups and the general public in lively exchanges of ideas with scientists and ethicists; and contributed an overview of ethical issues for science journalists as part of a week-long session co-sponsored with MIT.
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