Associate Professor Megan Munsie was awarded the 2018 ISSCR Public Service Award, which is given in recognition of outstanding contributions of public service to the fields of stem cell research and regenerative medicine.
A/ Prof Megan Munsie is the Head of Education, Ethics, Law & Community Awareness Unit, Stem Cells Australia and Deputy Director at the Centre for Stem Cell Systems, The University of Melbourne.
Megan is a stem cell scientist who has made a significant contribution for many years in outreach to the public and advocacy to policy makers around issues associated with stem cell science and its translation to the clinic. Megan’s 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 the advancement of 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, as well as contributing to ISSCR’s guidelines setting standards for 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.
Other award winners:
ISSCR Award for Innovation: Michele De Luca, MD, and Graziella Pellegrini, PhD, Full Professors at the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Center for Regenerative Medicine, University of Modena e Reggio Emilia, Modena, Italy;
ISSCR Dr. Susan Lim Award for Outstanding Young Investigator: Shuibing Chen, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Surgery and Department of Biochemistry, Weill Cornell Medical College of Cornell University, New York, NY, U.S.;
ISSCR Tobias Award Lecture: Connie Eaves, PhD, FRS(Canada), Distinguished Scientist, Terry Fox Laboratory, BC Cancer and Professor of Medical Genetics, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada;
The International Society for Stem Cell Research is an independent, nonprofit membership organization established to promote and foster the exchange and dissemination of information and ideas relating to stem cells, to encourage the general field of research involving stem cells and to promote professional and public education in all areas of stem cell research and application.