The victory of Barack Obama is seen by many as the victory of the stem cell research in the USA. Many view it as relief from the federal ban imposed by the former US President George W Bush.

This was the center issue of discussion in the Stem Cell Network conference at Vancouver, Canada. The conference mainly focused Obama’s victory as president-elect of the United States. University of B.C. professor and researcher Dr. Jane Roskams said many scientists have viewed Bush as a foe because of his religious-based opposition to their work on human embryonic cell lines and the vetoes he’s used to halt funding for such research.

In the conference it was announced that the B.C. Cancer Agency have $1.2 million for a new study on the use of umbilical cord blood as sources for stem cell transplants in adults with various blood cancers.The study will attempt to address the problem that typical cord blood does not contain enough stem cells to restore blood formation and immune system functioning in many adult patients.Under the study, 10 patients with incurable blood cancers will be given a double punch of stem cells from two differently prepared cord blood units in the hopes of getting around the problem of insufficient stem cells.

Dr. Michael Rudnicki, of the Ottawa Health Research Institute and the scientific director of the Stem Cell Network, said such research is thriving across Canada, and B.C. is considered a leader.

Source: The Vancouver Sun