Stem Cell Network for Asia-Pacific Region
On September 29, 2007, scientist and government delegates representing Australia, China, India, Japan, Korea, Singapore, Taiwan and Thailand gathered in Bangkok for the launch meeting of the Stem Cell Network: Asia-Pacific (SNAP). This network, established to boost interaction between researchers in the region and to provide opportunities for training, education and career development for students and young scientists through local programs, represents the sole regional organization serving more than 3,000 scientists in the Asia-Pacific region.
The SNAP website (www.asiapacificstemcells.org) serves as the network’s primary communications vehicle and information resource. The first phase of development focused on compiling information on national stem cell research policies, governance, events and research institutions, and went live in May 2008. The second phase will focus on the development of a directory of stem cell researchers, with information on individual research programs and principal investigators throughout the region.
SNAP has also developed an active meeting calendar, and has held meetings in Bangkok, Beijing and Kyoto since its launch in 2007. Additional meetings and workshops are now being planned for 2008 and 2009, with special emphasis on the training of students and young scientists and devising strategies for commercialization and industry-academic collaboration in the region. A not-for-profit organization, SNAP offers multiple opportunities for public and private sponsors to contribute to this diverse research community, including advertising via the website and sponsorship of meetings and workshops.
Dr. Shin-Ichi Nishikawa is currently the chair of SNAP organizing committee. Organizations interested in learning more about such support opportunities are encouraged to contact Doug Sipp (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information.