Pub. date: 2008 | Online Pub. Date: September 15, 2008 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412963954 | Print ISBN: 9781412959087 | Online ISBN: 9781412963954| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
Basheal Agrawal & John S. Kuo
WICELL IS A nonprofit research institute headquartered in Madison, Wisconsin, that engages in basic sciences research on human embryonic stem cells (hESC) and their applied benefits in cell—based therapies for a multitude of human diseases. The WiCell Research Institute is a supporting organization of the University of Wisconsin, Madison (UW—Madison). It functions to conduct and support stem cell research both at UW—Madison and in the scientific community around the world. WiCell promotes education and training for individuals at all levels, with outreach programs spanning from K—12 students to technical classes directed toward scientists dedicated to research on hESC. Furthermore, WiCell supports collaboration with industry to facilitate the translational applications of hESC research. In September 2005, the National Institutes of Health selected the WiCell Research Institute to establish and house the United States' sole National Stem Cell Bank (NSCB). The purpose of the NSCB is to comprehensively characterize and distribute hESC ...