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Flourishing of gene therapy in 2017

According to the public relations and information center of the Vice-Presidency for science and technology affairs, Amir Ali Hamidieh, secretary of the council for stem cells sciences and technologies, stated on the third symposium of Genetics and stem cells: in the past three years, more than 50 symposiums and workshops have been held by this council. One of the goals of this national document is maximal promotion of stem cells discussions in various educational levels of the country. Today, 44 research centers and universities are working on basic and clinical topics of stem cells and regenerative medicine.

He expressed his hope about preparedness of other provinces for cooperation in holding similar symposiums and the next round of the symposium of Genetics and stem cells in other sections of the country.

Hamidieh pointed out that the year of 2017 was the year of flourishing of gene therapy in the world, expressing: if we take a small step in this field, a significant dependence will be created in the country since treatment of many of the diseases, which are incurable today, is not possible by merely non-manipulated cells. Therefore, we need to penetrate cells to treat such diseases by cell engineering.

Secretary of the council for stem cells sciences and technologies emphasized: the perspective of our universities and research centers must be changed. If 10-15 years ago, establishment of a company by a professor was regarded as bad reputation, it is not the same today. In the modern world, creating jobs for the youth of a company by an academic professor is an honor.

Hamidieh pointed out that the cell therapy science is new in Iran and added: there is still inadequate cooperation and investment of the private sector in this field. However, the fast-paced improvement of this science requires only a little contemplation to detect more weaker areas to reach the global level.

According to Hamidieh, western countries are making money from this science and have been able to initiate new treatments that can be turned into direct demand of the people in the next three years.

The third symposium of stem cells and Genetics was inaugurated in the national research center of genetic engineering and biotechnology. This symposium was held by the efforts of the national research center of genetic engineering and biotechnology and with the cooperation of the council for stem cells sciences and technologies. 

 

 


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