Rose Carter spoke at the Symposium on Stem Cell Science, Regenerative Medicine, Ethics and Society in Lisbon. She appears in a video interview from the event on the challenges facing governments in the face of high public demand for stem cell research treatment.
- Some people are desperate for stem cell treatment and will seek unproven treatment
- Many scientists are doing stem cell research globally, but regulations are not the same
- Some countries have no regulation, some have a little, some have a lot
- People are going to unregulated countries to get the treatment they can't get back home
- It's hard for governments to keep up with the advances in stem cell research treatment – and the public is pushing and pushing
- Unfortunately, when the public is desperate, there are unscrupulous people who will offer unscrupulous options
The Symposium was organized by NOVA University Lisbon and the Aga Khan University. Rose is on the Aga Khan's stem cell research committee.