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Stem Cells Transl Med. 2018 Feb;7(2):251-257. doi: 10.1002/sctm.17-0184. Epub 2018 Jan 26.

A Comparative Analysis of Attitudes on Communication Toward Stem Cell Research and Regenerative Medicine Between the Public and the Scientific Community.

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Seijo University, Setagaya, Tokyo, Japan.
University of Tokyo, Minato-ku, Tokyo, Japan.
National Center of Neurology and Psychiatry, Kodaira, Tokyo, Japan.
Osaka University, Suita, Osaka, Japan.
Kyoto University, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto, Japan.


Owing to the rapid progress in stem cell research (SCR) and regenerative medicine (RM), society's expectation and interest in these fields are increasing. For effective communication on issues concerning SCR and RM, surveys for understanding the interests of stakeholders is essential. For this purpose, we conducted a large-scale survey with 2,160 public responses and 1,115 responses from the member of the Japanese Society for Regenerative Medicine. Results showed that the public is more interested in the post-realization aspects of RM, such as cost of care, countermeasures for risks and accidents, and clarification of responsibility and liability, than in the scientific aspects; the latter is of greater interest only to scientists. Our data indicate that an increased awareness about RM-associated social responsibility and regulatory framework is required among scientists, such as those regarding its benefits, potential accidents, abuse, and other social consequences. Awareness regarding the importance of communication and education for scientists are critical to bridge the gaps in the interests of the public and scientists. Stem Cells Translational Medicine 2018;7:251-257.


Ethical, legal, and social implication; Public engagement; Questionnaire; Regenerative medicine; Science communication; Stem cell research

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