“As Canada’s champion, the Foundation will marshal Canada’s tremendous assets toward getting the best stem cell science in the world from the lab to the patient as quickly and safely as possible.” Dr. Martha Piper, Interim President & Vice-Chancellor of the University of British Columbia; Till &McCulloch Leadership Circle member
First established in 2008, the Canadian Stem Cell Foundation is an independent, non-profit charitable organization that champions stem cell science for the health of humanity, and builds Canada’s role as a stem cell leader. Bringing together scientists, business and community leaders and the public, we forge partnerships that accelerate the process of turning stem cell research in Canada into clinical applications and therapies. We believe that stem cell science has the power to renew the world — from its health to its economies and beyond — for generations.
A Canadian First
One of the most significant developments in medical science in the last century, the discovery of stem cells came from experiments in Toronto by Drs. James Till and Ernest McCulloch in 1961. Unique among cells for their ability to renew themselves, stem cells possess the potential to repair and replace damaged and diseased tissue. Researchers working in stem cell science in Canada have made remarkable contributions to solving the medical mysteries of these keys to life.
Health’s Great Hope
From reducing the ravages of Parkinson’s disease, heart disease and multiple sclerosis, to treating spinal cord injuries, blood disorders and cancers, and even restoring vision, stem cells hold unique promise for human health.
Renewing Canada’s Leadership
For 50 years, Canadians have been at the forefront of stem cell science, yet received shockingly little support. Our mission is to change this. As the national voice for stem cell research, the Canadian Stem Cell Foundation is a champion and catalyst committed to ensuring that Canada has the best policy, people and funding in place to maintain and enhance its global leadership in stem cell science for the benefit of humanity.