Vatican Initiatives

Raising Awareness and Advancing Research


In May 2010, the Vatican’s Pontifical Council for Culture and NeoStem announced what has been characterized as the Vatican’s first-ever contract of collaboration with an outside commercial venture to advance adult stem cell research.

The initiative partners, NeoStem and The Stem for Life Foundation (the public charity it helped form), together with the Pontifical Council and its charitable organization, STOQ International, seek to expand research and raise awareness about adult stem cell therapies. The partnership entails work on collaborative activities with the goal of advancing scientific research on adult stem cells and exploring their clinical application in the field of regenerative medicine, as well as the cultural impact of such research.

In addition, NeoStem and the Pontifical Council spearheaded a campaign to generate awareness of the cultural relevance of such a fundamental shift in medical treatment options, particularly with regard to the impact on theological and ethical issues. This initiative aims to provide information, teaching and research regarding important issues of human health; present and future advancements in adult stem cell research, all while respecting the great value of human life. Through their collaboration, NeoStem and the Pontifical Council for Culture aspire to reach religious and academic leaders working in the Pontifical and Catholic Institutions, as well as to extend their work and results to institutions beyond the Catholic environment.

In April 2013, the book, The Healing Cell: How the Greatest Revolution in History is Changing Your Life, co-authored by Dr. Robin Smith, was released to the public. For more information on The Healing Cell, please visit

Second International Adult Stem Cell Conference

papal-audience_smIn April 2013, NeoStem, the Stem for Life Foundation, the Pontifical Council and STOQ hosted The Second International Vatican Adult Stem Cell Conference: Regenerative Medicine – A Fundamental Shift in Science & Culture, from within the Vatican, following the success of the first conference held by the parties in November 2011. With renowned journalists serving as moderators, the conference featured leading adult stem cell scientists and clinicians, thought leaders of faith, ethics and culture, business leaders as well as Ministers of Health, Ambassadors to the Holy See and regulatory officials from around the world. During the event, adult stem cell scientists and clinicians  presented an array of ongoing medical advancements occurring throughout the world including regrowing damaged and diseased organs; regenerating damaged tissue caused by heart attacks; regrowing new skin for burn victims; rebalancing our own immune systems; pushing back a rising tide of chronic disease; advancements in pediatric cancers; preventing organ rejection and addressing a range of other conditions and trauma, such as stroke, Parkinson’s disease and traumatic brain injuries via adult stem cell therapies.

For more information, please visit the Stem For Life Foundation.

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