Stem Cell Awareness Day 2014 (SCAD)
Wednesday, October 8, 2014 marked Stem Cell Awareness Day. First celebrated in 1998, the day aims to bring together organisations and individuals around the world working to ensure that we realise the benefits of one of the most promising fields of science in our time. The day is a unique global opportunity to foster greater understanding about stem cell research and the range of potential applications for disease and injury.
For the millions of people around the world who suffer from incurable diseases and injury, Stem Cell Awareness Day is a day to celebrate the scientific advances made to-date and be hopeful of what is yet to come
Despite the great work of Stem Cell Awareness day highlighting the advancements in stem cell technology, it appears that in the UK, many are still unaware of stem cells and the important role they play in the battle against future diseases.
This month, Smart Cells commissioned a YouGov study of over 4,000 people and found that nearly a third (32%) of Britons did not know umbilical cord blood and tissue could be stored for their stem cells, while the vast majority (85%) agreed there is a lack of awareness.
Smart Cells co-founder Shamshad Ahmed said: “It’s clear from the research that parents in the UK feel they could be getting a lot more information on cord blood storage than they may be currently receiving from their HCPs. However, what is promising is that despite this, 63% are in fact aware of their options. We’re not criticizing HCPs, who we know work very hard in challenging situations, but it is important for us to recognise where there are gaps in knowledge on the benefits of stem cell research.”
Professor Mark Johnson, Consultant Obstetrician and Chair of Clinical Obstetrics, Imperial College London said: “Anyone who wants to know more about stem cord blood collection shouldn’t be afraid to speak to their GP or midwife about their options. The process is a lot simpler than many parents realise and the potential rewards are increasing all the time.”
Smart Cells are proud to support this day and have been busy on local media platforms to promote the importance of today. We have also created a short video to explain further about the importance of Stem Cell Awareness Day.