- The partners’ charitable organizations that will drive activity are: NeoStem’s Stem for Life Foundation and the Pontifical Council’s Foundation, called STOQ International (Science Theology and the Ontological Quest).
The joint mission of the partnership (with additional collaborations), has the complete support of the Pontifical Council for Health Care Workers and the Pontifical Academy for Life:
- Foster the highest levels of scientific research on adult stem cells and to explore the cultural, ethical and human implications of their use;
- Seek to create awareness about the promise of scientific research in concordance with ethical values through the further development of adult stem cell technology;
- Determine short-term and long-term actions which political, scientific, educational, and religious leaders can take to be part of the cultural paradigm shift arising from the next wave – regenerative medicine;
- Lay the groundwork for a collaborative network of scientists and patrons who embrace the promise of adult stem cells to reduce human suffering, advance scientific research on adult stem cells and explore their clinical application in the field of regenerative medicine, as well as the cultural impact of such research;
- Advance adult stem cell research and facilitate its safe transformation from the lab to the clinic.
The Bottom Line: The Vatican and NBS already work together re the perception of stem cells and the protection of life. This unique (for the Vatican) collaboration with NeoStem focuses on 2 considerations: 1st related to the sharing of the same sensitivity for ethical values that has at its center the protection of human life at all stages of its existence; the 2nd, investigates cultural consequences that will be caused by scientific discoveries in the field of adult stem cell research and adult stem cell applications in regenerative medicine. For these reasons, the Vatican has entered into a long term formal agreement with NeoStem to work together to further developments, activities and additional collaborations. Their proposed 11/11 conference will include the foremost experts in adult stem cell research and recognized leaders in medicine, but, unlike a research-focused conference, attendees will include Church and scientific leaders, policymakers, ethicists, educators, Ministers of Health from around the world, ambassadors to the Holy See, and representatives of the stem cell therapeutic business community to foster a multidisciplinary approach to advance science as there are ethical, spiritual societal, religious and cultural impacts with every discovery creating the potential to influence many people worldwide.