What We Do
The NSW Stem Cell Network is a professional community with an interest in both adult and embryonic stem cells. It encompasses the science, medicine, ethics, law,business and public awareness of stem cells.
Regular workshops,seminars, conferences and courses organised by the Network have allowed this community to blossom, sharing knowledge and professional skills and embarking on collaborative research and commercial projects. Since the Network was established in Nov 2002, it has grown from 120 to over 500 members.
Download the NSW Stem Cell Network information brochure.
How to Join
Membership to the network is free. You will receive regular updates e-newsletters, plus professional networking opportunities through conferences and courses. Visit our Contact Us page for our online membership form.
Who is in the Network?
The NSW Stem Cell Network members come from a variety of areas, including:
- Heads of Research Institutes
- Senior Research Scientists
- Biotechnology Companies
- Policy Advisors
- State and Federal Health
- University Academics
- PhD / Research Students
- Advocates and Lay Persons
- Science Communicators
- Scientific Supplies
- Pharmaceutical Companies
Meet the Executive Committee
Dr Bernie Tuch, Executive Committee, NSW Stem Cell Network
Bernie Tuch is Director of the NSW Stem Cell Network. In the 1980's, Dr Tuch was in charge of the Australian group that first transplanted human fetal pancreatic tissue into people with type 1 diabetes.
Dr Daniella Goldberg, Executive Committee, NSW Stem Cell Network
Daniella Goldberg embarked on her career in medical research twenty years ago and in the late 1990's she moved into science communications producing educational science programs for radio and TV and publishing newspapers and magazines such as Australian Biotechnology News. Daniella joined the Diabetes Transplant Unit in 2002 and later that year set up the NSW Stem Cell Network with Prof Bernie Tuch.
Joanna Knott, Executive Committe, NSW Stem Cell Network
Joanna Knott is founder and head of national research charity, SpinalCure Australia. She has project managed major medical conferences; written articles and speeches; and taken part in media interviews on the topic of spinal research. Her work was a major contributor to Federal Parliamentarians voting in favour of this research in a conscience vote in 2006.
Dr Kelvin Hopper, Executive Committee, NSW Stem Cell Network
Kelvin Hopper has extensive experience as a medical researcher and in the biotech and medtech industry. He is Chairman of the corporate advisory company Aoris Nova Pty. Ltd. and is a founder and Director of BioFusion Capital Pty Ltd. He has strong interest in the development and application of cell and tissue therapies, particularly stem cells.
A/Prof Ian Kerridge, Executive Committee, NSW Stem Cell Network
Ian Kerridge is Director and Associate Professor in Bioethics at the Centre for Values, Ethics and the Law in Medicine at the University of Sydney and Staff Haematologist/Bone Marrow Transplant physician at Westmead Hospital, Sydney. He is Chair of the Australian Bone Marrow Donor Registry Ethics Committee and a member of the NSW Health Department’s Clinical Ethics Advisory Panel. In 2005 Ian was a member of the Legislation Review Committee (Lockhart Committee) which reviewed the Prohibition of Human Cloning Act 2002 and the Research Involving Human Embryos Act 2002.
Dr Michael Morris, Executive Committee, NSW Stem Cell Network
Michael Morris specialises in research on embryonic stem cells and embryology, with a view to understanding normal and abnormal nervous system development and improving the viability of embryos for IVF. He worked in embryonic stem-cell R&D in the biotech industry and the Australian Stem Cell Centre before moving to an academic position at Sydney University. He is a member of the Kolling Institute of Medical Research and the Bosch Institute, and is a founding member of the Sydney Centre for Developmental and Regenerative Medicine.