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The Sydney Archdiocese’s $100,000 Adult Stem Cell Research Grant has made a real world difference in advancing helpful treatments. PHOTO: Drew Hays

The Catholic Archdiocese of Sydney has launched a $100,000 grant to support medical research using adult stem cells that do not require the destruction of human embryos.

It is the ninth such grant offered since 2003, aimed at supporting morally responsible research which respects human life said Archbishop Anthony Fisher OP.

“As Catholics, we believe that human life begins at conception and we established this research grant to promote life-saving research within moral limits,” Archbishop Fisher said.

“We are a people of life and happily everyday leading scientists are discovering ways of obtaining stem cells from patients’ own bodies, from adults, even baby’s placentas, as our previous grant recipients have demonstrated, without having to destroy human embryos to do so”.

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The grant, which is awarded every two years, was last given in 2017 to the Executive Director of the Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute, Professor Robert Graham AO for his life-saving research into cardiovascular disease in women.

Other recipients include researchers who explored the potential of adult stem cells to assist in the treatment of chronic illnesses including Parkinson’s disease and leukaemia, new treatments for stroke victims and research on the restoration of sight in patients with corneal disease.

The grant is awarded based on the recommendation of an independent panel comprised of medical and legal experts. Applications close on 28 October 2019.

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