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Directories and Databases

Disease-Specific Organizations and Advocacy Groups

  • Mesothelioma Group A small team of healthcare professionals, patient advocates, and communication specialists who have one goal: to lead the way in supporting and encouraging mesothelioma patients and their families.
  • Mesothelioma Guide Their mission is to guide mesothelioma patients and their loved ones toward answers, care options, and free health solutions that improve their lives. Mesothelioma Guide was founded with over a decade of experience serving the mesothelioma community and a commitment to creating a better environment for patients and family members. By remaining a for-profit company, they’re able to dedicate hundreds of thousands of dollars in free top-tier resources and patient support staff.
  • Alliance for Aging Research This citizen advocacy organization works to improve the health and independence of Americans as they age.
  • ALS Association (ALSA) Dedicated to the fight against Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (also known as Lou Gehrig's Disease), ALSA offers this primer on stem cells.
  • American Cancer Society Offers information on stem cell transplantation for children with leukemia.
  • Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation Funds research on treatments for central nervous system disorders and works to improve the lives of people with disabilities through a grants program, paralysis resource center, and advocacy efforts.
  • Coalition for the Advancement of Medical Research Advocates the advancement of breakthrough research and technologies in regenerative medicine, including stem cell research and somatic cell nuclear transfer.
  • Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Using stem cells to restore normal blood sugar, plus information on recent research and policy.
  • Lymphoma Information Network A page on bone marrow and stem cell transplants.
  • March of Dimes Aims to give babies a fighting chance against such threats to their health as prematurity, birth defects, and low birth weight.
  • Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research Dedicated to ensuring the development of a cure for Parkinson's disease through an aggressively funded research agenda.
  • National Health Council (NHC) Works to promote the health of all people by advancing the voluntary health movement.
  • National Marrow Donor Program(R) (NMDP) Maintains an international registry of donors for all sources of blood stem cells used in transplantation: bone marrow, peripheral blood, and umbilical cord blood.
  • Research!America Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on stem cell research.

Educational Resources

  • NIH-Supported Science Education Partnership Award (SEPA) Projects
  • Cellular Universe: The Promise of Stem Cells Educates visitors about advances in cell biology and stem cells so they can make more informed health-related decisions, explore new career options, and better understand the role of scientific research in healthcare.
  • Life Science Learning Center The University of Rochester educational program provide a general overview of stem cell biology and an introduction to stem cell research. Extended Version Stem Cell Biology module features a series of 10 short lessons on stem cells with hands-on lab activities and animated slide show. The Short Version" of the Stem Cell Biology module can be completed in two 40-minute class periods. Instructions for setting up the lab activity are included in the teacher guide.
  • NWABR Stem Cell Curriculum This 6-lesson unit explores the scientific and ethical issues involved in stem cell research. It features hands-on, engaging classroom activities that have been showcased in the journal American Biology Teacher.
  • Regenerative Medicine Partnership in Education Duquesne University's SEPA project offers planetarium shows, movies, and educational Web tools.
  • Tissues of Life: Stem Cells An interactive comic explaining where stem cells are found in the body and how they are gathered.
  • Stem Cells in the Spotlight and Cloning In Focus The Genetic Science Learning Center at the University of Utah presents these outreach education programs for high school and undergraduate students and teachers.
  • A Stem Cell Story This 15-minute movie from EuroStemCell introduces the world of stem cell research and is available as a video pod cast.
  • ExploreStemCells A UK resource for the general public that discusses the use of stem cells in medical treatments and therapies.
  • How Embryonic Stem Cell Lines Are Made An online animation from the Dolan DNA Learning Center, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory. (Requires Adobe Flash Player)
  • Human Embryonic Stem Cells An animated tutorial for the general public. (Requires Adobe Flash Player)
  • The National Academies Publications on stem cells, including Understanding Stem Cells: An Overview of the Science and Issues from the National Academies (2006), Guidelines for Human Embryonic Stem Cell Research (2005, and updated in 2007, 2008, and 2010), Stem Cells and the Future of Regenerative Medicine (2002), and Scientific and Medical Aspects of Human Reproductive Cloning (2002).
  • StemBook A collection of invited, original, peer-reviewed chapters on stem cell biology written by top researchers in the field at the Harvard Stem Cell Institute and worldwide. StemBook is aimed at stem cell and non-specialist researchers.
  • Stem Cells: Cells with Potential Part of the San Francisco Exploratorium's Microscope Imaging Station.
  • Stem Cell ResourcesSM A resource for the educational community on stem cells.
  • Tissue Engineering Planetarium Show Online movies about the body's ability to heal itself.
  • World Stem Cell Map Reflects national policy and whether public funds may be used to pursue stem cell research using IVF embryos donated from fertility clinics.

International Research

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