Room 102, Melbourne Law School (map)
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Join us for an engaging keynote delivered by Associate Professor Megan Munsie, which will investigate whether new reforms introduced by the Therapeutic Goods Association will be sufficient in curbing the big business of selling stem cells in Australia.
Over the last decade, a disconnect between scientific progress in stem cell and regenerative medicine, community expectations, and ambiguous Australian regulations around the manufacture and use of autologous cell and tissue products have combined to enable a thriving local industry based on promise rather than evidence of therapeutic benefit. The TGA has recently introduced reforms to the regulatory framework for biologicals that aim to strengthen oversight and protections for consumers. This presentation will review the likely impact of these reforms and explore whether these are sufficient or if additional regulatory and other considerations need to be applied.
Associate Professor Megan Munsie heads a research program in the ethical, legal and social implications of stem cell research at the University of Melbourne. For over a decade she has been a leading member of the Australian stem cell research community linking scientists, other scholars, policy makers and the communities most impacted by stem cell research. Her work demonstrates the importance of interdisciplinary scholarship and empirical research to gain greater insights into community attitudes and how such research can be used to inform effective engagement and education strategies, as well as influence policy reform at a national and international level. In 2018 she was awarded the Public Service Award from the International Society for Stem Cell Research. She is Deputy Director of the Centre for Stem Cell Systems at the University of Melbourne and Head of the Engagement, Ethics and Policy Program at Stem Cells Australia, a national science initiative funded by the Australian Research Council.
Attendees will have the opportunity to network and enjoy some refreshments after the keynote.