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"The American Society for Bioethics and Humanities promotes the exchange of ideas and fosters multidisciplinary, interdisciplinary, and inter-professional scholarship, research, teaching, policy development, professional development, and collegiality among people engaged in clinical and academic bioethics and the medical humanities."-website
"Created in 1988 from the fusion of the Canadian Society of Bioethic and the Société canadienne de la bioéthique médicale, the Canadian Bioethics Society has over 600 current members. The Society's membership includes both individuals and organizations from a wide variety of fields, including medicine, law, theology, philosophy and public health, sharing common interest in ethical debates and in the human dimensions of health research and practice."-website
An independent, nonprofit organization formed in 2002 to foster the exchange of information on stem cell research. With more than 3,600 members worldwide, the ISSCR has become the voice of the stem cell research community.
The Harvard Stem Cell Institute's overall aim is to use the power of stem cell biology to understand and ultimately treat selected diseases and conditions. Achieving this will require advances on many levels, from basic biology to patient delivery systems. The Harvard community, comprising the university, the medical school, and 11 hospitals and research institutions, is one of the largest concentrations of biomedical researchers in the world.