European Grant Award for Dr Christine Hauskeller

EU Grant Award for Ethics of Stem Cell Trials

Christine Hauskeller has won €70,000 EU funding for research into international scientific practice and ethical harmonization. She is one of twenty-one European partners in a €6million clinical trial project for which the European Commission approved funding this week (FP7 Call HEALTH 2011.1.4-1: Regenerative medicine clinical trials). The clinical trial is set up as a definitive study for testing whether in acute myocardial infarction the injection of autologous stem cell from the patient’s bone marrow is beneficial for the patient.

The Exeter research component consists of an ethnographic and interview study with the investigators and researchers in year 3 of the trial. The aim is to analyse the local implementation processes and the infrastructure and practical situation in trial conduct in the different EU nations. Such a comparison is of great importance for a) the development of EU-wide regulations in research and medical innovation and b) more generally a better understanding of global scientific practice and the possibility to transfer and share study designs across diverse institutional and cultural settings.

Dr Hauskeller and members of her stem cell group have been working in this field for many years. She will support the clinical project partners from the beginning in the implementation and harmonization of the trial, in particular regarding ethics approval in the participating institutions/countries. The grant is over 5 years and scheduled to start September 2011.

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