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Vision & Specific Objectives

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Organization of the Catholic Institute of Cell Therapy

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The institute is composed of a Research Division conducting basic researche for cell therapy, a Cell Manufacturing Division in charge of GMP (Good Manufacturing Practice) facilities for manufacturing and processing cells, a Research Support Division that supports various infra-structures for adult stem cell research, and a Clinical Support Division that facilitates research and clinical applications of adult stem cells.
In addition, the institute has an Academic Committee for holding international symposiums and joint seminars.

International Cooperation

cic-logoTo stimulate cell therapy and research, the institute is promoting not only domestic cooperation but also international joint projects. We will establish long-term plans for strengthening our research capabilities as collaborators with major overseas research institutes and researchers.  To lay the ground work for this cooperation, the institute will exchange information on cell therapy bi-directionally with domestic and overseas researchers. Researchers will receive broad support from the Catholic Church's Life Movement and Cell Therapy Project and be able to access opportunities for cooperation through various media, including our website. 

In the second stage, we expect to identify specific tasks for international cooperation and then continue to develop and implement substantial cooperation models. Ultimately, we aim to solidify the standing of the institute as the focal point of domestic cell therapy and research, and contribute to the growth of the institute as an international adult stem cell academy.

The institute is collecting information throughout the world on researchers, research groups, and industrial blocks who have expressed the intention of cooperation.

About The Committee for Life

About The Committee for Life

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Led by Nicholas Cardinal Cheong Jin Suk , the Committee for Life in the Archdiocese of Seoul was established on October 5, 2005. Under the direct control of the Seoul Archdiocese, the Committee acts as a social organization, working to protect the dignity of human life and supporting adult stem cell research.

The Committee for Life expresses the continuous national will of the Catholic Church by operating the Life Campaign Headquarters, which propagates the culture of respecting human life.  The committee has instituted a Planning & Publicizing Team to lead publicity and education. It has also created and supervises the Medical Research Headquarters.  The Catholic Institute of Cell Therapy was launched in order to help advance research studies and clinical trials related to adult stem cells.

 

History of the Catholic Institute of Cell Therapy

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2008 06. The 6th Catholic International Stem Cell Symposium
2007 06. The 1st  Success of cell therapeutics product.
06. The 5th Catholic International Stem Cell Symposium.
2006 12. Completion of GMP Cell Processing Center.
07. The 4th Catholic International Stem Cell Symposium.
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Academic exchange between  with Catholic Medical Center(CMC) and the Daegu Catholic University Hospital for R&D and industrialization of adult stem cells.
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Academic exchange between  with Catholic Medical Center(CMC) and the Daegu Fatima Hospital for R&D and industrialization of adult stem cells.
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Academic exchange between  with Catholic Medical Center(CMC) and the Korea Research Institute of Bioscience and Biotechnology(KRIBB) for R&D and industrialization of adult stem cells.
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Establishment of the Committee for Life in the Archdiocese of Seoul & Catholic lnstitute of Cell Therapy.
Opening of Cell therapy centers are established at St. Mary's Hospital, Kangnam St. Mary's Hospital, and Uijeongbu St. Mary's Hospital.
06. The 3rd Catholic International Stem Cell Symposium.
2003 07. 2,000 cases in hematopoietic stem cell transplantation at St. Mary’s Hospital.
2002 02. The 1st Catholic International Stem Cell Therapy.
1999 08. 1,000 cases in hematopoietic stem cell transplantation at St. Mary’s Hospital.
1994 01. Bone Marrow Bank was established under the Bone Marrow Transplantation Center.
1992 04. Bone Marrow Transplantation Center of The Catholic Medical Center was established.
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St. Mary's Hospital of The Catholic Medical Center succeeded in the first allogeneic bone marrow transplant between siblings for leukemia in Korea.

 

The Catholic International Stem Cell Symposium

stem-cell-symposium-logo The Catholic International Stem Cell Symposium is held annual in Seoul, Korea
After the 1st CISCS was held successfully in 2002, CISCS has been devoted to establishing a global network of stem cell researchers and to promoting exchanges of inspirations in the biology and clinical applications of stem cells.

See the scientific program and overview of the 6th International Stem cell Symposium, held June 20, 2008 in Seoul, Korea. 

links to:  http://www.cic.re.kr/symposium/

Societies Listed Alphabetically

AAAS American Association for the Advancement of Science
Founded in 1848, and now the world’s largest general scientific society, AAAS is an international non-profit organization dedicated to advancing science around the world by serving as an educator, leader, spokesperson and professional association.  AAAS publishes the journal Science.

AACR American Association for Cancer Research
The oldest and largest scientific organization in the world focused on cancer research.  They foster the exchange of knowledge and new ideas among scientists dedicated to cancer research, provide training opportunities for researchers, and increase public understanding of cancer.  AACR  publishes six peer-reviewed scientific journals and CR, a magazine for cancer survivors, patient advocates, their families, physicians and scientists.

AAI American Association of Immunologists
The largest association of immunologists in the world, aiming to advance knowledge of immunology and related disciplines, to foster the exchange of ideas, and to promote an understanding of the field of immunology.  AAI publishes The Journal of Immunology (JI).

ANZSCDB Australia and New Zealand Society for Cell and Developmental Biology
One of Australia's oldest Scientific Societies, the ANZSCDB aims to enhance Australian and New Zealand research and encourage international collaborations, and supports senior and early-career researchers, as well as students.

AHA American Heart Association
A national voluntary health agency whose mission is: "Building healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke.”

ANN American Academy of Neurology
An international professional association of more than 21,000 neurologists and neuroscience professionals dedicated to providing the best possible care for patients with neurological disorders.

APDBN Asia-Pacific Developmental Biology Network
Promotes the exchange of scientific information relevant to developmental biology in the Asia-Pacific region, fosters the activities of students and researchers in these fields, facilitates research, training, education and collaboration at the national, institutional, laboratory and individual levels, and promotes public awareness, understanding and appreciation of developmental biological concepts and research.

ASCB American Society for Cell Biology
Founded in 1960 to bring the varied facets of cell biology together, provide training and development opportunities, and to keep Congress and the American public informed about the importance of biomedical research.  ASCB publishes the journals Molecular Biology of the Cell (MBC) and CBE—Life Sciences Education (CBE-LSE).

ASCR Adult Stem Cell Research Network
A project of the Cell Therapy Foundation, designed to be a reliable source of information for the public regarding adult stem cell research, as well as to be a community of practice and collaboration among fellow researchers.

ASH American Society of Hematology
The mission of ASH is to further the understanding, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of disorders affecting the blood, bone marrow, and the immunologic, hemostatic and vascular systems, by promoting research, clinical care, education, training, and advocacy in hematology.  ASH publishes the journal Blood.

ASNTR American Society for Neural Therapy and Repair
Composed of basic and clinical neuroscientists who utilize a variety of technologies to better understand the way the nervous system functions and establish new procedures for its repair in response to trauma or neurodegenerative disease.

BSCB British Society for Cell Biology
Promotes the advance of research in all branches of cell biology and encourages the interchange of information via meetings and conferences.  Also helps to raise awareness of science policy issues in the UK.

BSCDB Belgian Society for Cell and Developmental Biology
Organization for scientists in Belgium, which organizes conferences and workshops, supports students, and offers grants and awards.

BSDB British Society for Developmental Biology
A  society open to all who have an interest in the science of Developmental Biology, including students and lecturers/researchers at all levels.  Represents developmental biology to external organizations in the UK and Europe and organizes scientific meetings.

BSH British Society for Haematology
Aims to advance the practice and study of haematology and facilitate contact between persons interested in haematology.   BSH publishes the Guidelines from the British Committee for Standards in Haematology.

CTS Cell Transplant Society
An international non for profit, incorporated collegial association of scientists with background and/or interest in the field of cellular transplantation.  The CTS  exists to promote research and collaboration in cellular transplantation.

EHA European Hematology Association
Aims to promote excellence in clinical practice, research and education in European haematology.  EHA publishes Haematologica/The Hematology Journal.

EuroStemCell European Consortium for Stem Cell Research
The EuroStemCell consortium brings together sixteen partners, integrating a broad range of disciplines and combining the expertise of the best laboratories in Europe . The centers involved collectively provide the skills and technologies necessary for ground-breaking stem cell research, laying the groundwork for taking stem cell technology to the clinic.

FASEB Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology
A coalition of independent member societies that serve the interests of biomedical and life scientists, particularly those related to public policy issues.  FASEB publishes The FASEB Journal.

HSANZ Hematology Society of Australia and New Zealand
Aims to inform members of the most recent developments in haematology, and to advance knowledge and inspire continued professional development in this discipline.

HUPO Proteome Biology of Initiative aims to provide a platform for researchers from both stem cell and proteomic communities to define pressing issues in stem cell biology requiring proteomic analysis and to initiate collaborative projects.

IFATS International Federation of Adipose Therapeutics and Science
Brings together different disciplines within the field of adipose biology in order to share knowledge, influence policy, exchange new ideas, and develop new technology derived from and directed toward adipose tissue.

ISCT International Society for Cellular Therapy
Professional organization for those working or interested in cell-based research, processing, manipulation, and clinical translation.

ISCF International Stem Cell Forum
Made up of twenty one funders of stem cell research from around the world, the ISCF encourages international collaboration and funding support for stem cell research, with the overall aim of promoting global good practice and accelerating progress in this vitally important area of biomedical science.

ISCI International Stem Cell Initiative
A worldwide collaborative effort to establish basic criteria and techniques that will underpin the eventual development of applications for Human Embryonic Stem Cells in human medicine.

ISD International Society of Differentiation
Aims to encourage and develop research and communication in the fields of cell and developmental biology, molecular biology and oncology through meetings and publications.

ISDB International Society for Developmental Biologists
A non-profit scientific association which has as its aim the promotion of the study of developmental
biology. To this effect, the ISDB also organizes and supports scientific meetings and workshops.

ISEH International Society for Experimental Hematology – Society for Hematology and Stem Cells
Working to promote the scientific knowledge and clinical application of basic hematology, immunology, stem cell research, cell and Gene therapy, and related aspects of research through publications, discussions, scientific meetings and the support of young investigators.

ISNFR International Society for Neural Feedback and Research
A membership organization comprised of people from many countries and various professional disciplines doing neurotherapy and neurofeedback training and research. ISNR supports education and excellence in the field of neurofeedback training and neurotherapy and seeks the validation and acceptance of this discipline by a broad spectrum of society.

International Society for Stem Cell Research
An independent, nonprofit 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.

JDRF Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation
A leading charitable funder and advocate of type 1 (juvenile) diabetes research worldwide. The mission of JDRF is to find a cure for diabetes and its complications through the support of research.  Has information on research, publications, advocacy, and support of those with juvenile diabetes.

JSDB Japanese Society of Developmental Biologists
An active member of the International Society of Developmental Biologists, the JSDB holds an annual meeting each spring and publishes the journal Development Growth &

NDRI National Development and Research Institutes
A non-profit research and educational organization dedicated to advancing scientific knowledge in the areas of drug and alcohol abuse, treatment and recovery; HIV, AIDS and HCV; areas of public health, mental health, criminal justice, urban problems, prevention and epidemiology.

NHLBI National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute
Plans, conducts, fosters, and supports an integrated and coordinated program of basic research, clinical investigations and trials, observational studies, and demonstration and education projects. Research is related to the causes, prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of heart, blood vessel, lung, and blood diseases; and sleep disorders.

SDB Society for Developmental Biology
Aims to further the study of development in all organisms and at all levels, to represent and promote communication among students of development, and to promote the field of developmental biology.

SfN Society for Neuroscience
A nonprofit membership organization of basic scientists and physicians who study the brain and nervous system.  The Society's primary goal is to promote the exchange of information among researchers. SfN publishes The Journal of Neuroscience.

Stem Cell Network
A Canadian venture that brings together over 50 leading scientists to investigate the potential of stem cells, and be a catalyst for enabling the translation of stem cell research into clinical applications, commercial products, or public policy.

SSSCR Student Society for Stem Cell Research
The SSSCR network spans over 10 countries and 100 institutions consisting of students, researchers, patient advocates, and policy makers united by the purpose of finding treatments and cures to debilitating conditions.

TERMIS Tissue Engineering International and Regenerative MedicineSociety
Brings together the international community of persons engaged or interested in the field of tissue engineering and regenerative medicine and promotes education and research within the field through regular meetings, publications and other forms of communication.

TISDB The Israel Society for Developmental Biology
Established to offer the Israeli scientific community of Developmental Biologists a framework for scientific interactions and the exchange of information within Israel and internationally. TISDB is committed to the encouragement of scientific excellence in the developmental biology research field.

General Scientific Societies

AAAS American Association for the Advancement of Science
Founded in 1848, and now the world’s largest general scientific society, AAAS is an international non-profit organization dedicated to advancing science around the world by serving as an educator, leader, spokesperson and professional association.  AAAS publishes the journal Science.

FASEB Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology
A coalition of independent member societies that serve the interests of biomedical and life scientists, particularly those related to public policy issues.  FASEB publishes The FASEB Journal.

Discipline Specific Societies

ANN American Academy of Neurology
An international professional association of more than 21,000 neurologists and neuroscience professionals dedicated to providing the best possible care for patients with neurological disorders.

AACR American Association for Cancer Research
The oldest and largest scientific organization in the world focused on cancer research.  They foster the exchange of knowledge and new ideas among scientists dedicated to cancer research, provide training opportunities for researchers, and increase public understanding of cancer.  AACR  publishes six peer-reviewed scientific journals and CR, a magazine for cancer survivors, patient advocates, their families, physicians and scientists.

AAI American Association of Immunologists
The largest association of immunologists in the world, aiming to advance knowledge of immunology and related disciplines, to foster the exchange of ideas, and to promote an understanding of the field of immunology.  AAI publishes The Journal of Immunology (JI).

AHA American Heart Association
A national voluntary health agency whose mission is: "Building healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke.”

ASH American Society of Hematology
The mission of ASH is to further the understanding, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of disorders affecting the blood, bone marrow, and the immunologic, hemostatic and vascular systems, by promoting research, clinical care, education, training, and advocacy in hematology.  ASH publishes the journal Blood.

BSH British Society for Haematology
Aims to advance the practice and study of haematology and facilitate contact between persons interested in haematology.   BSH publishes the Guidelines from the British Committee for Standards in Haematology.

EHA European Hematology Association
Aims to promote excellence in clinical practice, research and education in European haematology.  EHA publishes Haematologica/The Hematology Journal.

FASEB Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology
A coalition of independent member societies that serve the interests of biomedical and life scientists, particularly those related to public policy issues.  FASEB publishes The FASEB Journal.

HSANZ Hematology Society of Australia and New Zealand
Aims to inform members of the most recent developments in haematology, and to advance knowledge and inspire continued professional development in this discipline.

HUPO Human Proteome Organization
An international scientific organization representing and promoting proteomics through international cooperation and collaborations by fostering the development of new technologies, techniques and training.

IFATS International Federation of Adipose Therapeutics and Science
Brings together different disciplines within the field of adipose biology in order to share knowledge, influence policy, exchange new ideas, and develop new technology derived from and directed toward adipose tissue.

ISEH International Society for Experimental Hematology – Society for Hematology and Stem Cells
Working to promote the scientific knowledge and clinical application of basic hematology, immunology, stem cell research, cell and Gene therapy, and related aspects of research through publications, discussions, scientific meetings and the support of young investigators.

ISD International Society of Differentiation
Aims to encourage and develop research and communication in the fields of cell and developmental biology, molecular biology and oncology through meetings and publications.

ISNFR International Society for Neural Feedback and Research
A  membership organization comprised of people from many countries and various professional disciplines doing neurotherapy and neurofeedback training and research. ISNR supports education and excellence in the field of neurofeedback training and neurotherapy and seeks the validation and acceptance of this discipline by a broad spectrum of society.

JDRF Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation
A leading charitable funder and advocate of type 1 (juvenile) diabetes research worldwide. The mission of JDRF is to find a cure for diabetes and its complications through the support of research.  Has information on research, publications, advocacy, and support of those with juvenile diabetes.

NDRI National Development and Research Institutes
A non-profit research and educational organization dedicated to advancing scientific knowledge in the areas of drug and alcohol abuse, treatment and recovery; HIV, AIDS and HCV; areas of public health, mental health, criminal justice, urban problems, prevention and epidemiology.

NHLBI National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute
Plans, conducts, fosters, and supports an integrated and coordinated program of basic research, clinical investigations and trials, observational studies, and demonstration and education projects. Research is related to the causes, prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of heart, blood vessel, lung, and blood diseases; and sleep disorders.

SfN Society for Neuroscience
A nonprofit membership organization of basic scientists and physicians who study the brain and nervous system.  The Society's primary goal is to promote the exchange of information among researchers. SfN publishes The Journal of Neuroscience.

Cell and Developmental Biology Societies

ASCB American Society for Cell Biology
Founded in 1960 to bring the varied facets of cell biology together, provide training and development opportunities, and to keep Congress and the American public informed about the importance of biomedical research.  ASCB publishes the journals Molecular Biology of the Cell (MBC) and CBE—Life Sciences Education (CBE-LSE).

APDBN Asia-Pacific Developmental Biology Network
Promotes the exchange of scientific information relevant to developmental biology in the Asia-Pacific region, fosters the activities of students and researchers in these fields, facilitates research, training, education and collaboration at the national, institutional, laboratory and individual levels, and promotes public awareness, understanding and appreciation of developmental biological concepts and research.

ANZSCDB Australia and New Zealand Society for Cell and Developmental Biology
One of Australia's oldest Scientific Societies, the ANZSCDB aims to enhance Australian and New Zealand research and encourage international collaborations, and supports senior and early-career researchers, as well as students.

BSCDB Belgian Society for Cell and Developmental Biology
Organization for scientists in Belgium, which organizes conferences and workshops, supports students, and offers grants and awards.

BSCB British Society for Cell Biology
Promotes the advance of research in all branches of cell biology and encourages the interchange of information via meetings and conferences.  Also helps to raise awareness of science policy issues in the UK.

BSDB British Society for Developmental Biology
A  society open to all who have an interest in the science of Developmental Biology, including students and lecturers/researchers at all levels.  Represents developmental biology to external organizations in the UK and Europe and organizes scientific meetings.

ISDB International Society for Developmental Biologists
A non-profit scientific association which has as its aim the promotion of the study of developmental
biology. To this effect, the ISDB also organizes and supports scientific meetings and workshops.

JSDB Japanese Society of Developmental Biologists
An active member of the International Society of Developmental Biologists, the JSDB holds an annual meeting each spring and publishes the journal Development Growth & Differentiation".

SDB Society for Developmental Biology
Aims to further the study of development in all organisms and at all levels, to represent and promote communication among students of development, and to promote the field of developmental biology.

TISDB The Israel Society for Developmental Biology
Established to offer the Israeli scientific community of Developmental Biologists a framework for scientific interactions and the exchange of information within Israel and internationally. TISDB is committed to the encouragement of scientific excellence in the developmental biology research field.

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