Associate Professor Megan Munsie receives ISSCR Public Service Award

Our congratulations to Associate Professor Megan Munsie* on receiving this prestigious award. To date, the ISSCR has only awarded this prize to eight other researchers. [*Department of Anatomy & Neuroscience]


The international Society for Stem Cell Research (ISSCR) has over 4000 active members from more than 60 countries and in its 16 year history, has only awarded their ISSCR Public Service Award to eight other researchers. It is one of the highest accolades of the ISSCR.

Megan joins a prestigious list of influencers in the stem cell and regenerative medicine space. The award recognizes the impact that her research and outreach activities have had on shaping public policy here in Australia, at the Federal and State government levels, as well as internationally, through her leadership at ISSCR. It also recognizes the breadth of community engagement that she brings to the discussion of stem cells, and more frontier technologies more broadly.

"The ISSCR Public Service Award is given in recognition of outstanding contributions of public service to the fields of stem cell research and regenerative medicine.

The 2018 recipient, Megan Munsie, is a stem cell scientist who has made a significant contribution for many years to public outreach and advocacy to policy makers around issues associated with stem cell science and its translation to the clinic. Her work is global in scope, grounded in academic research, and relies on her collaborative partnerships with key community and professional groups to address important ethical and regulatory considerations critical to advancing the field. She played an important role in guiding content development for A Closer Look at Stem Cells, the ISSCR website dedicated to helping the public understand the biology and clinical applications of stem cells, and to the ISSCR Guidelines for Stem Cell Research and Clinical Translation.

“Munsie is committed to increasing community understanding about the field of stem cell research,” said ISSCR CEO Nancy Witty. “That commitment is particularly apparent in her work with patients who are so important to this research as it is translated to medicine,” she said." [ISSCR press release]

The 2018 ISSCR Annual Meeting will be held in Melbourne on 20-23 June.

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